Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) invested more than $70 million to support the goals of the BRAIN Initiative during the past year, and plans a similar level of commitment in 2015.

HHMI supports the BRAIN Initiative at its Janelia Research Campus and in the laboratories of HHMI Investigators at universities throughout the United States. This investment has been focused on developing new imaging technologies and understanding how information is stored and processed in neural networks.

Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study

The goal of the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program is to ensure the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in science, including college and university faculty, who have the responsibility to teach the next generation of scientists.

Students are chosen for their academic excellence, scientific potential, and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Janelia Farm

The Janelia Research Campus is a research campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute focusing on neuroscience and imaging.

Chemists, physicists, computational scientists, and engineers work in close collaboration with biologists to tackle problems in neuroscience and imaging. At the interface of these two research areas are approaches to map the structure of neural circuits and monitor their function during animal behavior.

Katie Yang, PhD candidate, Wisconsin

Katie Yang, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has received a prestigious Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Katie's research focus is on the peripheral mechanisms of vocal and swallowing deficits in a rat model of Parkinson Disease. Katie is a member of the lab of Dr. Michelle Ciucci, assistant professor of surgery, and is one of two UW-Madison graduate students to earn the fellowship.

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