Director's Corner

             John J. Ngai, Ph.D.


The Value of Model Organisms for Understanding the Human Brain

March 14, 2023

Humans are complex beings, but our inner workings operate using basic biological processes shaped and repurposed over hundreds of millions of years of evolution. By providing critical insights into these processes, decades of research using model organisms has been central to progress toward understanding and treating a range of human diseases – including neurologic, psychiatric, and neurodegenerative conditions.

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Dr. Ngai's News Highlights

Cell by cell, scientists are building a high-resolution map of brain changes in Alzheimer's disease
July 28, 2022

Federal Agency works to Revolutionize Understanding of Brain in Health and Disease
July 3, 2022

The BRAIN Initiative® is Seeking a Chief for Bioinformatics and Data Integration
April 12, 2022

Addgen Launches Open Access Recombinant Antibody Resource for the Scientific Research Community
March 28, 2022

BRAIN 2.0: Transforming neuroscience
January 6, 2022

NIH-funded study could help improve deep brain stimulation therapy for OCD
December 9, 2021

Scientists Map a Key Circuit of Cells in the Brain
October 7, 2021

How the World’s Biggest Brain Maps could Transform Neuroscience
October 6, 2021

New Brain Maps could Help the Search for Alzheimer's Treatments
October 6, 2021

NIH BRAIN Initiative Unveils Detailed Atlas of the Mammalian Primary Motor Cortex
October 6, 2021

The Connected Connectome
February 25, 2021

The Connected Connectome Part 2: Beyond the Fly
March 22 2021

Q&A: New NIH BRAIN Initiative Director on Accomplishments, Aspirations
Winter 2021

BRAIN Initiative’s first director sets sights on clinical tools
February 4, 2020

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About the BRAIN Director


John J. Ngai

John J. Ngai, Ph.D. is the Director of the NIH's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Ngai earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Pomona College, Claremont, California, ... 

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