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Funded Research Projects

NeuroHealth | Big Idea
Creating a center for neurodegeneration research focusing on brain maintenance and regeneration, and the role of the immune system in these processes.
NeuroDiscovery | Big Idea
Optimizing choice: From neuroscience to public policy
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Christoph Leuze
The aim of this project is to improve the accuracy and reliability of dMRI fiber tracking through comparison with a gold standard that unambiguously relates the measured water diffusion patterns to the underlying tissue structure.
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Whitney Heavner
This research seeks to understand how our genes encode the instructions for neurons in the neocortex to properly arise during normal brain development. This knowledge will allow scientists to understand how genetic mutations perturb development leading to human disease.
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Rupa Lalchandani
Due to the critical role that dopamine producing neurons play in pathophysiology, it is important to examine the function of its co-released GABA. This research aims to study GABA biosynthesis in midbrain dopamine producing neurons and it’s effect on striatal inhibition.
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Lei Cai
Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes permanent damage to about 12,000 new patients in the US each year, primarily young adults. A common result of SCI is paralysis, and unfortunately, less than 1% of SCI patients have full neurological recovery by the time of hospital discharge. To develop a...
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Audrey Fan
Continuous blood flow to the brain is needed for neural tissues to survive. Noninvasive imaging of cerebral blood flow (CBF) in humans is challenging, but is critically useful to understand normal brain physiology and to help patients with cerebrovascular disorders such as stroke.
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kevin Mann
For decades we have known that a wide variety of animals use the earth’s magnetic field for navigation, although the means by which they sense it has remained a mystery. There is a long-standing idea that animals like migratory birds use small magnetic deposits in their beaks to act as a compass,...
NeuroEngineering | Big Idea
Lead Researcher(s): Kwabena Boahen, E.J. Chichilnisky
Developing technology to interface with the brain and create intelligent prosthetics.
NeuroDiscovery | Big Idea
Combining a detailed understanding of brain circuits with technology that modulates neural activity to develop improved ways of treating mental health conditions.