Simons Foundation & The BRAIN Initiative

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. We sponsor a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of our world.

The Life Sciences division launched the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain in Spring 2014. The collaboration supports projects that use new technologies to record the activity of large neural populations at single-cell resolution.

David Tank, PhD – Princeton

Henry L. Hillman professor of neuroscience and molecular biology; Co-Director of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute; and Director, Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics
At large Member of Multi-Council Working Group

Dr Tank's research interests include the measurement, analysis, and modeling of neural circuit dynamics. More recently, his work has focused on the mechanisms of persistent neural activity and the development and application of rodent virtual reality systems combined with optical imaging and electrophysiology to study neural circuit dynamics during navigation.

Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)

"In this calm and factual talk, geneticist Wendy Chung shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder — for example, that autism has multiple, perhaps interlocking, causes. Looking beyond the worry and concern that can surround a diagnosis, Chung and her team look at what we've learned through studies, treatments and careful listening."

Filmed March 2014 at TED 2014
Uploaded to YouTube on April 28, 2014 by TED

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