NIH Awards $46M in Grants Under Brain-Mapping Project
October 2, 2014 in News
On Tuesday, NIH announced an initial round of $46 million in grant funding to support the Obama administration’s brain-mapping initiative, which aims to help researchers discover new ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other neurological conditions, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 9/30).
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, project will receive $100 million in funding as it launches this year.
The research initiative involves private institutions and several public agencies, including:
- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency;
- The National Science Foundation;
- NIH (iHealthBeat, 4/3/13); and
Details of NIH Funding
On Tuesday, NIH announced that the initial $46 million in funding will be distributed to more than 100 researchers across 15 states and several countries (FierceHealthIT, 9/30).
Specifically, the grants will fund 58 different projects, including efforts to:
- Identify complex brain circuits with DNA barcodes (NIH press release);
- Track the entire nervous system while in motion (FierceHealthIT, 9/30);
- Develop laser systems to control the activity of specific cells and circuits in the brain;
- Build a wearable PET scanner to observe the brain while people are physically moving;
- Categorize the various types of cells used in brain circuits for vision and other specific sensations; and
- Adapt an MRI to show individual brain cell activity (Hamilton, “Shots,” NPR, 9/30).