University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative

The University of Utah Health Sciences has committed $10 million to launch a Neuroscience Initiative that will catalyze interdisciplinary approaches to neuroscience research.

The goal is to deepen the understanding of the function and disorders of the nervous system and to improve patient care through innovation and integration of basic, translational, and clinical research efforts. Initial funds will be used to create a “neuroscience hub,” including space for collaborative research and neuroscience training.

David Warren, PhD – Utah

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Utah
Director, Center for Neural Interfaces

Dr. Warren does research in the fundamental Properties of Micromagnetics for Peripheral and Central Nervous System. He also focuses on stimulation and reliable peripheral interfaces.

Rajesh Menon, PhD – Utah

USTAR Assistant Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah

Dr. Menon's research lies at the intersection of optics and nanotechnology, with special foci on extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy. In addition to gaining a deep understanding of the basic physics of the behavior of light and matter at the nanoscale, our research is driven by many exciting applications.

Imaging synaptic activity using super-resolution cannula microscopy

Principal Investigator: Rajesh Menon - Utah Neuroscience
Title: "Imaging synaptic activity deep in the brain using super-resolution cannula microscopy"
BRAIN Category: Neuroengineering and Brain-inspired concepts and design (#1532591)

This project will develop a tool for high-resolution (<100-nm) imaging of synapses in freely moving animals for neuronal studies. It will accomplish this goal by the development and integration of compact and lightweight cannula microscopy with in vitro fluorescence imaging with accompanying technology and methodologies for imaging synapses.

Richard A. Normann, PhD – Utah

Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering, University of Utah and Director, Center for Neural Interfaces
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. Normann works on neuroprosthetics, vision neurophysiology. Work is ongoing in applied and basic studies of the central nervous system. Key in this work is the development of three dimensional, silicon based electrode arrays to be used to stimulate or record from the neurons of the central nervous system.

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