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NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research
September 30, 2014

  • The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. More than 100 investigators in 15 states and several countries will work to develop new tools and technologies to understand neural circuit function and capture a dynamic view of the brain in action. More

NIH embraces bold, 12-year scientific vision for BRAIN Initiative
June 5, 2014

  • A federal report calls for $4.5 billion in funding for brain research over the next 12 years. The long-term scientific vision of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was presented today to National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., by his Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD). Dr. Collins accepted the recommendations, calling the report bold and game changing. More

NIH Announces Six Funding Opportunities for The BRAIN Initiative℠ in Fiscal Year 2014
December 17, 2013

  • The National Institutes of Health is releasing funding opportunities to build a new arsenal of tools and technologies for unlocking the mysteries of the brain. The NIH action is in support of President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies℠ (BRAIN) Initiative. More

NIH Launches Neurological Drug Development Projects
July 31, 2013

  • The National Institutes of Health has launched three innovative projects that will focus on development of therapeutics for Fragile X syndrome, nicotine addiction, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These projects are funded through the NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network which provides access to a variety of drug development resources. More

Brain wiring a no-brainer?
March 29, 2012

  • New data from the Human Connectome Project reveal that the complex pathways connecting different brain regions seem to follow a surprisingly simple gridlike pattern. More

Cre driver mice: A versatile resource for studying brain circuit development
December 7, 2011

  • Cre driver mice – in which genes can be manipulated in specific cells and time periods – are serving as powerful research tools. A new report illustrates how such mice, available from the Cre Driver Network, are being used to explore neuronal function and development. More

NIH to fund development of K-12 neuroscience education programs
September 27, 2011

  • Eight investigators across the U.S. have received grants to develop innovative neuroscience education programs for K-12 students. The programs include a clinical trials role-play game and a mobile neuroscience exhibit that will travel to underserved areas. More

Grand Challenges: Blueprint Empowers Drug Development for Nervous System Disorders 
August 18, 2011

  • The Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network helps investigators develop new drugs for nervous system disorders and prepare for clinical trials. The Network recently made awards to seven teams across the U.S. to develop new therapies for vision loss, neurodegenerative diseases, and depression, among others.

Featured Resource: The NIH Blueprint Non-Human Primate Atlas
February 3, 2011

  • This atlas provides comprehensive data on gene expression in the developing rhesus macaque brain at four stages, from birth to four years old. It is expected to aid research on human brain development and developmental disorders.

Grand Challenges: $40 Million Awarded to Trace Human Brain’s Connections
September 15, 2010

  • The National Institutes of Health today awarded grants totaling $40 million to map the human brain’s connections in high resolution. Better understanding of such connectivity promises improved diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.

Testing Underway of Neurological, Behavioral Tools for NIH Toolbox 
June 15, 2010

  • The developers of the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function have reached an important milestone in their effort to build a set of brief but comprehensive tests for use in large-scale studies.

NIH Launches the Human Connectome Project to Unravel the Brain's Connections
July 15, 2009

  • The Human Connectome Project (HCP) will use cutting-edge brain imaging technologies to map the circuitry of the healthy adult human brain. By systematically collecting brain imaging data from hundreds of subjects, the HCP will yield insight into how brain connections underlie brain function, and will open up new lines of inquiry for human neuroscience.

First Data from the NIH Study of Normal Brain Development
May 18, 2007

  • The NIH Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Study of Normal Brain Development is tracking brain and behavioral development in about 500 healthy American children, from birth to age 18.

Blueprint-Funded Study: In Brain, One Gene is Worth a Thousand Words
February 20, 2007

  • Using microarray technology, researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have shown that people with one variant of a gene that is active in the brain have better episodic memory – the ability to remember events and facts – than do people without that variant.

NIH To Build Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse
October 5, 2006

  • In an effort to promote the enhancement, adoption, distribution, and evolution of neuroimaging informatics tools and resources, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today awarded a five-year, $3.8 million contract under the auspices of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research to build the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse.

NIH Launches Effort to Place More Knockout Mice In Public Repositories
June 12, 2006

  • As part of its ongoing effort to build a public, genome-wide library of "knockout" mouse models for the study of human disease, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today awarded $800,000 to two public mouse repositories to acquire genetically engineered mouse lines not yet widely accessible to researchers.