Calling all statisticians!

Data science – the extraction of knowledge from large volumes of unstructured data – has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of health and disease. Yet biomedical science faces a shortage of skilled researchers who have facility with computational ideas and paradigms. Read more

Karl Deisseroth wins prestigious Albany Prize

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, will receive the 2015 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research external link, in honor of his pioneering role in the development of optogenetics external link, a technology for using light to control the activity of neurons, as well as for CLARITY external link, a method for transforming intact organs into transparent polymer gels to allow high-resolution visualization of biological structures. Dr. Deisseroth external link, a member of the BRAIN Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, will share the $500,000 prize with Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, PhD, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, who is a pioneer of single-molecule biophysical chemistry and its application to biology.  Read more

New Article Highlights How NIH BRAIN Could Catalyze Neuroscience Discovery

Philosophical Transactions B. Cerebral cartography: a vision of its future. The Royal Society Publishing.
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The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director BRAIN Working Group recently published an article external link in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B that discusses how the NIH BRAIN Initiative aims to produce neurotechnologies and tools that will support giant leaps forward in neuroscience research. Prior to the announcement of the first NIH-funded grants for BRAIN in September, the neuroscience experts who comprise the Working Group published the report “BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision” to help guide efforts at NIH relating to BRAIN. Convening these experts and gathering input from the broader community has enabled NIH to map a bold strategy to capitalize on each opportunity, milestone, and goal for the 12-year Initiative. Read more