The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering is a joint program of the Harvard Medical School and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Our goal is to begin to bridge the existing gap between basic and translational neuroscience, by supporting basic and clinical research oriented towards translational opportunities, by creating stronger ties among scientists, engineers and clinicians, and by training the next generation of leaders in the field. The Program will also bridge two universities, one with special strength in engineering and technology and the other with more than two centuries of leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease.