BY AMY ADAMS
The Stanford Neurosciences Institute awarded their first round of Seed Grants, funding five projects, each of which brings together two or more faculty members to solve problems within the field of neuroscience.
The five successful grants will support collaborations to probe vision cell degeneration, math learning, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and improvements in deep brain stimulation used to treat Parkinson’s and other diseases.
Seed grants provide a small amount of funding that allows faculty to launch new collaborations and pilot novel ideas. They bridge faculty from across disciplines and schools to focus on critical challenges in neuroscience.
For this round of funding, the Institute encouraged neuroscience faculty to interface with three strategic areas of strength at Stanford: 1) engineering and the quantitative sciences, 2) chemical and molecular biology, and 3) the social sciences, humanities and professional schools of education, law and business.