Neuromodulation BRAIN Initiative Funding
Brain Imaging Opportunity
NSF and the Brain
INTRUST Data Available
This month, we update you on several interesting neuroscience events and funding opportunities. Please visit the clinical and translational neuroscience section of the IHSI website for the latest news and information.
As always, if you have an item to share with the neuroscience community at Illinois, we would love to include it here. Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with your item.
Non-Invasive Neuromodulation BRAIN Initiative Opportunities | JUST ANNOUNCED
The BRAIN Initiative recently reissued two funding opportunities for those working with non-invasive neuromodulation devices. These devices are rapidly becoming one of the tools considered for the treatment and diagnosis of brain disorders and could become an alternative or an adjunct to neurological, neuropsychopharmacological, rehabilitative, or cognitive behavioral therapies. Non-invasive devices can be defined as those that do not require surgery and do not penetrate the brain parenchyma. These devices include, but are not limited to, those used for focused ultrasound stimulation, magnetic seizure therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, static magnets, transcranial alternating current stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
- Mechanisms and Dose/Response Relationships for Targeted CNS Effects: This opportunity seeks to better understand how existing non-invasive neuromodulation devices affect brain circuity. This information should shed light on dose/response relationships that could be used to inform the optimized use of these tools for neuroscience research as well as for clinical application.
- New Tools and Techniques for Spatiotemporal Precision: This opportunity seeks applications focused on the development of novel neuromodulation techniques, including the use of novel unexplored energy forms towards the targeting goals, as well as applications aimed at improving existing electrical and magnetic stimulation methods that will allow experiments that cannot be done today.
Letter of intent for both FOAs are due October 23, 2016, with full applications due November 23, 2016.
Human Brain Imaging and Recording | BRAIN Initiative
At present, relatively little is understood of the fundamental relationships between brain imaging signals at macroscopic levels and the underlying circuits and cellular activity at more fine-grained scales. What is needed is to integrate the information from the signals collected using non-invasive imaging and recording techniques with studies aimed at better understanding the cellular- and circuit-bases of these signals. Such integrative, multidisciplinary efforts would revolutionize our understanding of the biological and bioinformatic content of data collected from non-invasive human brain imaging and functional evaluation techniques. This knowledge could lead to transformative breakthroughs in understanding dynamic functions of the human brain under both normal and pathological conditions.
Foundations of Non-Invasive Functional Human Brain Imaging and Recording--Bridging Scales and Modalities seeks to improve our understanding of the dynamic function of the human brain using non-invasive imaging techniques that are suited to the general human population. Research proposed in response to this FOA should focus on determining what the signals detected with non-invasive neuroimaging and functional evaluation techniques reveal about the underlying neural circuitry, with an emphasis on determining how the acquired signal at one level informs our understanding of activity at other levels. A key to achieving these goals will be bridging microscopic and macroscopic scales across temporal and/or spatial domains. This approach will yield a deeper understanding of how electrical and chemical activity in different populations of neurons and glia are represented in macroscopic-level measurements of brain structure and function. The knowledge gained could potentially enable non-invasive measurements of circuit and network interactions at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
The letter of intent is due October 23, 2016, with full applications due November 23, 2016.
The Role of NSF in the BRAIN Initiative | FUNDING TOPS $17 MILLION
More than $17 million in federal funding has recently been awarded, supporting 18 multidisciplinary teams investigating neural and cognitive systems. Each award provides a research team with up to $1 million over two to four years.
The awards fall within four research themes:
- Neuroengineering and brain-inspired concepts and designs
- Individuality and variation
- Cognitive and neural processes in realistic, complex environments
- Data-intensive neuroscience and cognitive science
The 18 newly-funded projects stem from the cross-disciplinary NSF Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems program, which supports bold efforts to go beyond single-discipline research to advance brain science. The awards will contribute to NSF's significant investments in support of the BRAIN Initiative, a coordinated research effort that seeks to accelerate the development of new neurotechnologies.
Click here for more information from the NSF.
Access to INTRUST Data | REQUESTS OPEN
The overarching goal of the INTRUST Post-traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/TBI) Clinical Consortium is to combine the efforts of the nation's leading Investigators to bring to market novel treatments or interventions that will ultimately decrease the impact of military-relevant psychological health problems and TBI. With over 12 registered clinical trials that include measures of brain structure and function, neurocognitive functioning, TBI evaluation, and treatment for PTSD and TBI, this consortium offers a wealth of information for those interested in accessing these unique datasets.
You can submit a request for data here.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- BRAIN Initiative Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes Letter of Intent: October 2, 2016
- Cognitive Decline Deadline: October 5 (R01); October 16 (R21), 2016
- Biomedical Engineering: October 20, 2016
- BRAIN Initiative Brain Imaging and Recording/Neuromodulation Letter of Intent: October 23, 2016
- Neural Regulation of Cancer: October 26, 2016
Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with a calendar item or announcement to share with the clinical and translational neuroscience community at Illinois.