Clark School Home UMD
Return to Research Awards

NIH BRAIN Initiative: new imaging technologies and data analysis techniques

Faculty 

Wolfgang Losert
Dietmar Plenz (NIMH)

Funding Agency 

National Institutes of Health

Description 

This is a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new imaging technologies and data analysis techniques that will further  understanding of how large networks of neurons in the brain interact to process sensory information. This knowledge will help researchers identify the precise interactions between millions of nerve cells that drive behavior, like decision-making and speaking, and alterations in these interactions that may be responsible for disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and epilepsy.

The grant is one of the first awarded by the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, (link is external) part of President Obama’s focus aimed at revolutionizing the understanding of the human brain. The BRAIN Initiative is jointly led by the NIH, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and Food and Drug Administration.