UC Berkeley-Zeiss BrainMIC

Summary

University of California, Berkeley and Carl Zeiss Microscopy are investing $12 million to create the Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center (BrainMIC).

The BrainMIC will fast-track microscopy development for emerging neurotechnologies and will run an annual course to teach researchers how to use the new technologies. The UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute is creating a program that will generate innovative devices and analytic tools in engineering, computation, chemistry, and molecular biology to enable transformative brain science from studies of human cognition to neural circuits in model organisms.

University of California, Berkeley and Carl Zeiss Microscopy are investing $12 million to create the Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center (BrainMIC).

The BrainMIC will fast-track microscopy development for emerging neurotechnologies and will run an annual course to teach researchers how to use the new technologies. The UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute is creating a program that will generate innovative devices and analytic tools in engineering, computation, chemistry, and molecular biology to enable transformative brain science from studies of human cognition to neural circuits in model organisms.

 

 

Web Information

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute website:  http://neuroscience.berkeley.edu/ (no website yet for the Brain MIC)
Brain Imaging Center (BIC):  neuroscience.berkeley.edu/BIC-campus-resource/
Zeiss Neuroscience Research: zeiss.com/microscopy/en_us/solutions/bioscience-research-areas/neuroscience-research

Contact Information

Email: At Zeiss contact Dr. Jochen Tham  at jochen.tham@zeiss.com

Organization

Director:
Staff Directory


Background

The BRAIN Initiative Fact Sheet 9/30/14

University of California, Berkeley and Carl Zeiss Microscopy are announcing $12 million to create infrastructure for neurotechnology development:

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) has invested in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute to create a program that will generate innovative devices and analytic tools in engineering, computation, chemistry, and molecular biology to enable transformative brain science from studies of human cognition to neural circuits in model organisms. The goal is to create new neurotechnologies that rapidly become accessible to the entire scientific community. The UC Berkeley BRAIN Initiative has invested $12 million to create infrastructure for neurotechnology development, including a public-private collaboration with Carl Zeiss Microscopy. This collaboration with Carl Zeiss Microscopy will support the Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center (BrainMIC), which will fast-track microscopy development for emerging neurotechnologies and will run an annual course to teach researchers how to use the new technologies.

ZEISS Participates in the US BRAIN Initiative

Press Release 9/10/14

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its first research grants through President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, including three awards to the University of California, Berkeley, totaling nearly $7.5 million over three years. In addition, a $12 million public-private collaboration between ZEISS and UC Berkeley to support the Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center (BrainMIC) was made public.

The US Brain initiative is focused on advancing tool development in neuroscience including microscopy and advanced imaging technologies. Jim Sharp, President of the ZEISS business group Microscopy in North America, represented ZEISS at the White House BRAIN Initiative Conference on 30th September. New commitments and investments by the federal government, private sector companies, universities and non-profit organizations in response to the President’s call to action were announced.

Thanks to the collaboration with ZEISS, the BrainMIC at UC Berkeley will be able to fast-track microscopy development for emerging neurotechnologies and will run an annual course to teach researchers how to use the new technologies. Part of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, the program will generate innovative devices and analytic tools in engineering, computation, chemistry and molecular biology to enable transformative brain science from studies of human cognition to neural circuits in model organisms.

 

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