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Stanford Neurosciences Institute awards seed grants

Carolyn Rodriguez

Oct 5 2017

By Nathan Collins

The Stanford Neurosciences Institute recently awarded its second round of seed grants to six interdisciplinary teams of researchers.

Those six grants will go to small teams of researchers who come from different departments or approach their topics using distinct methods or points of view.

This round’s recipients include researchers working on cognitive aging, treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder, the molecular mechanisms underlying estrogen and testosterone, computational physics models of neurons, chronic pain and brain stimulation using ultrasound.

Each grant provides funding that allows researchers to launch new collaborations and pilot risky but potentially high-reward projects. This year, the grants will go to 15 faculty members representing 10 departments in Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities and Sciences.

Identification of sex hormone interacting proteins


Nirao Shah, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology
Justin Du Bois, Chemistry

A novel sigma-1 receptor PET radioligand as a probe of ketamine’s rapid therapeutic action in disorders of human brain and behavior: Pilot study


Carolyn Rodriguez, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Frederick Chin, Radiology
David Lyons, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Alan Schatzberg, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Pamela Flood, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Remote and localized neural activation using sonomagnetic stimulation


Amin Arbabian, Electrical Engineering
Stephen Baccus, Neurobiology

Enabling faster and more responsive voltage imaging through computational biophysics


Michael Lin, Neurobiology, Bioengineering
Ron Dror, Computer Science

TrkA-ing the chronic pain


Bianxiao Cui, Chemistry
Gregory Scherrer, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

The impact of early medial temporal lobe Tau in human cognitive aging


Elizabeth Mormino, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Anthony Wagner, Psychology