The Brown Institute for Brain Science brings together more than 100 faculty members spanning life and physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, humanities, and medicine. BIBS fosters interdisciplinary research around three themes:
BIBS supports core facilities, provides seed funding for early, high-risk projects, advances undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research training, and serves as a portal for brain-related graduate programs.
Scores of scientists and students came together during the Poster Session where over 120 brain science related research projects presented. Topics ranged from investigations of how the healthy brain works to new insights into the genetics, neurophysiology, and treatment of brain diseases, to the psychology at play in child development, weight loss, and substance abuse. This interactive exhibit encompassed a broad section of the brain science community affiliated with Brown University.
The keynote address "Order from Disorder: Internal Representations of the Olfactory World" was presented by speaker Richard Axel, MD; Professor at Columbia University; Co-director of The Mind Brain Behavior Initiative; Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Member of The Kavli Institute for Brain Science; and 2004 Nobel laureate.
The event was sponsored by Brown Institute for Brain Sciences (BIBS), The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI), the Departments of Neurology; Neurosurgery; Neuroscience; Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology & Biotechnology (MPPB); and Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
Brown University 250th Anniversary Fall Celebration Forum:
The Human Brain: Research and Its Impact on our Everyday Lives
One of several Fall Celebration Forums featuring Brown alumni and faculty and aligning with the core elements of Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown, the University’s strategic plan recently approved by the Corporation. Forum participants included Ricardo Dolmetsch ’90, Global Head of Neuroscience, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research; Galen Henderson MD’93, Director, Neurocritical Care and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School; and Melanie Leitner, PhD ’93, Associate Director, Clinical Research, ALS iHub, Biogen Idec, Inc. Diane Lipscombe ADE’00 hon., P’14, Professor of Neuroscience and Interim Director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, facilitated the discussion.