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Funded Research Projects

NeuroEngineering | Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Award
Lead Researcher(s): Claire Baum
Millions of people are blind, yet we still don’t have the technology to satisfactorily restore vision. I aim to create a prosthetic device to do so. This device can be implanted in the eyes of a blind patient, resting on a tissue layer called the retina.
NeuroDiscovery | Brain Resilience Postdoctoral Scholar Award
Lead Researcher(s): Chiara Anselmi
With an aging population, neurodegenerative disorders contribute increasingly to our global health burden with no cure or effective treatments. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two neurodegenerative disorders that are distinct in clinical presentation (ALS...
NeuroHealth | Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Award
Lead Researcher(s): Jiwon Yeon
It is more common nowadays for people to have their own wearable devices to measure physiological signals like heart rate and respiration to keep track of physical diseases. However, monitoring decline in cognitive functions or development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s (PD), is...
NeuroDiscovery | Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Award
Lead Researcher(s): Renzhi Yang
We understand a lot about how the brain gets rewired when learning a new skill by repetitive practice, such as hitting a curveball. However, how learning and experience alter the innate behaviors that we are born with is poorly understood.
NeuroHealth | Neuro-AI Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Ada Poon
This team aims to revolutionize future stroke treatment both in clinics and at home by combining a brain-computer interface and augmented reality (AR) into a single rehabilitation platform.
NeuroHealth | Neuro-AI Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Zhenan Bao
This team aims to advance augmentative and alternative communication technology for people with communication disorders and enable new forms of human-computer interaction by combining novel materials science with modern machine learning.
NeuroHealth | Neuro-AI Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Kwabena Boahen
This team aims to mine a microscale reconstruction of a millimeter-cube of brain tissue to uncover how dendrites decode patterns of incoming signals. The project will test hypotheses that could confer the energy efficiency of neural circuits on next generation computer chips.
NeuroHealth | Neuro-AI Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Justin Gardner
This project aims to track cognitive decline in Parkinson’s patients by measuring and modeling how patients explore the world with their eyes. The long-term goal of this project is to set a foundation for minimally-invasive and sensitive measures for diagnosing and tracking neurodegenerative...
| Innovation Award
Lead Researcher(s): Katrin Andreasson
This team will investigate whether a decline in intestinal immune cell metabolism drives age-related inflammation and cognitive decline. By replacing aged intestinal macrophages with metabolically healthy ones, they hope to develop a novel approach to enhance cognitive resilience.
| Catalyst Award
Lead Researcher(s): Ivan Soltesz
This team aims to discover whether the brain’s endocannabinoid system is dysregulated during aging, triggering inflammation via molecules called prostaglandins. If so, a drug that decouples these systems might restore a youthful brain state and rescue cognitive function.