BU Neuroscience

Boston University is creating a new Center for Integrated Life Science and Engineering (CILSE) for interdisciplinary research which will bring together outstanding scientists and engineers from across the University to work collaboratively in the areas of neuroscience and biological design.

CILSE will comprise 170,000 square feet. Its core resources will include a shared equipment facility for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Three new research Centers will be launched including the Center for Systems Neuroscience and the Center for Sensory Communication and Neural Technology.

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.

UT System Neuroscience Institute

The U.T. BRAIN initiative funds $20 million in support of a virtual U.T. System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research Institute.

The institute’s purpose is to promote trans-disciplinary, multi-institutional research projects focused on neuroscience and neurotechnology challenges that will transform the fields of imaging, neurocomputation, and molecular mapping; the development of neuro-devices; and basic/translational/clinical investigations in intractable neurological diseases.

University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute

The University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute focuses on unlocking the mysteries of normal and abnormal brain function.

The Brain Institute will support the efforts of more than 150 neuroscientists at the university and create seven new Centers, including the NeuroTech Center, which capitalizes on the University’s advances in brain-computer interfaces for paralyzed individuals, and the NeuroDiscovery Center, which will provide unique resources to enable innovative basic science research.

BRAIN Initiative as “Moonshot”

NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., discusses some of the 58 projects funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

Video published on October 2, 2014 by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

UC Berkeley-Zeiss BrainMIC

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.

Carnegie Mellon ‘BrainHub’

The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) BrainHub initiative spans across CMU’s colleges and schools, involving nearly 50 faculty and over 150 scientists.

A major facet of this initiative is increasing collaboration among faculty from disciplines such as computer science and engineering with those taking biological and behavioral approaches to neuroscience. Linking brain science to behavior via the application of machine learning, statistics, and computational modeling will be a hallmark of CMU’s efforts, along with commercialization of the new technologies and applications.

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