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November 19, 2020

The National Institutes of Health will fund more than 175 grants, totaling nearly $500 million, through the NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, part of a large effort among federal and non-federal partners to use knowledge about how th

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October 28, 2020

When neuroscientist Sébastien Tremblay set out to manipulate monkeys’ brains with light, colleagues had sobering advice: “It’s more difficult than it sounds.” Tremblay, who works in neuroscientist Michael Platt’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania, uses light to activate or silence precise gro

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September 28, 2020

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists dramatically improved the efficiency of automated methods for tracing neuronal connections. They taught a computer to recognize different parts of neurons, then used the math of topology to see how those neurons are likely to connect.

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September 17, 2020

Large scientific projects in genomics and astronomy are influential not because they answer any single question but because they enable investigation of continuously arising new questions from the same data-rich sources.

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September 15, 2020

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists have discovered neurons in the mouse brain that help an animal learn to avoid negative experiences. The cells reside in a part of the brain involved in regulating the motivations that influence behavior.

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March 9, 2020

On March 11th, LabRoots will be hosting approximately 15,000 neuroscience researchers, clinicians, and scientists from around the globe who are dedicated to understanding the brain and nervous system.

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March 3, 2020

Study finds human von Economa neurons' closest cellular cousins and captures first electrical recordings from these large spindle-shaped brain cells.

February 14, 2020

2019 was an exciting year for neuroscience discovery! Last month, several high-profile scientific magazines, journals, and mainstream news outlets featured articles looking back at the top scientific achievements of 2019.

  John Ngai. Photo Credit: Brittany Hosea-Small/University of California, Berkeley
February 4, 2020

Since its launch in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative has doled out about $1.3 billion in grants to develop tools that map and manipulate the brain. Until now, it has operated with no formal director.

Dr. John Ngai, incoming director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative.
January 29, 2020

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of John J. Ngai, Ph.D., as director of the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Ngai is expected to join NIH in March.

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October 17, 2019

NIH BRAIN Initiative collaboration looking at clinical research considerations

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July 3, 2019

Society for Neuroscience

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May 3, 2019

Did you miss out on the annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting last month? Catch up here!

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November 2, 2018

November 2, 2018
NIH announces new round of awards for cutting-edge brain research

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December 7, 2017

December 12, 2017
Your brain is one enigmatic hunk of meat—a wildly complex web of neurons numbering in the tens of billions. But years ago, when you were in the womb, it began as little more than a scattering of undifferentiated stem cells.

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November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017
BRAIN scientists review the ten pilot projects of the BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Consortium - the groundwork for creating a complete inventory of neuronal cell types and their connections.

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November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017
BRAIN scientists review the ten pilot projects of the BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Consortium - the groundwork for creating a complete inventory of neuronal cell types and their connections.

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October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017
NIH announces new round of awards for visualizing the brain in action.

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October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017
$250 million effort will catalog “parts list” of our most complex organ.