Pilot Seed Grants Program

We are delighted to announce the awardees of the 2017 Neuroscience Initiative Collaborative Pilot Seed Grant Programs! These programs aim to catalyze collaboration across campus, stimulate innovation, and move us towards our vision: better understanding the brain in disease and health, and transforming that knowledge into innovative solutions for patient care.

Neuroscience Initiative Collaborative Pilot Seed Grants (2017)

The six projects listed below were selected for up to $50,000 of funding each:

Project Title: Understanding usherin, the major protein associated with inherited deaf-blindness. 

* Grant funding for this project was renewed in 2017

Project Title: Rapid ALS Candidate Gene Validation Study

Project Title: Prenatal Mechanism & Biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorders

* Grant funding for this project was renewed in 2017

Project Title: Therapeutic Intervention in Addiction by Targeting the alpha6 nicotinic receptor

Project Title: Patient-specific “mini brains” as a new model for pediatric epilepsy

* Grant funding for this project was renewed in 2017

 Project Title: Developing Deep Brain Stimulation of the Dentate Nucleus for Treatment of Degenerative Cerebellar Ataxias

* Grant funding for this project was renewed in 2017

Innovative Approaches to Neural Circuits

The Innovative Approaches to Neural Circuits program has a specific emphasis on the manipulation of cells, synapses and neural circuits through innovative neural engineering technologies, techniques (including neuromodulation), and computational approaches.
The two projects listed below were selected for renewal for up to $50,000 of funding each in 2017:
Project Title: Towards the non-human primate connectome: computational approaches and software development

* Grant funding for this project was renewed in 2017

Project Title: Differentiating neural circuits modulated during therapeutic vs. ineffective deep brain stimulation

* Grant funding for this project was renewed in 2017

Joint Pilot MRI Award With Radiology

In FY 2017, the Neuroscience Initiative awarded pilot awards in collaboration with the Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences for two projects:

Project Title: Development of a comprehensive vessel wall MRI protocol to diagnose arterial stroke etiology

Project Title: Use of MRI-guided high intensity focused ultrasound to promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Past NSI Seed Collaborative Pilot Grant Awardees

View our current & past seed grant awardees - NSI Seed Collaborative Pilot Grant Awardees (PDF).

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Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Neuroscience Initiative

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Sumit Bhattacharya, PhD
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