Pilot Research Awards Announced

July 1, 2013

Five interdisciplinary research teams have received Pilot Research Awards from the Brown Institute for Brain Science starting May 1, 2013. This program provides up to $30,000 per award for one year to support risky, innovative projects in interdisciplinary brain science.  Program funding comes from the David Mahoney Flexible Research Fund and the Suna Kiraç Fund for Brain Science.

The recipients of the Pilot Research Awards for 2013-14 are:

Christine Conelea, PhD – Department of Psychiatry and Human behavior
Michael Frank, PhD - Department of Cognitive Linguistic & Psychological Sciences
Project title
: The Role of Reinforcement Learning in Tic Expression

Matthew Harrison, PhD – Division of Applied Mathematics
Michael Paradiso, PhD – Department of Neuroscience
Project Title
: Neural Interactions in Macaque Primary Visual Cortex

Diane Hoffman-Kim, PhD - Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology
Jeff Morgan, PhD - Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology
Mark Zervas, PhD - Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Project Title
: A Bioengineered Model of Stem Cell Manipulation and Cell Transplantation for Neurological Disorders

Eric Morrow, MD, PhD - Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Eric Darling, PhD - Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Project Title
: Novel Methods to Study Live-cell Gene Expression in Patient-derived Neurons

Tara White, PhD - Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
John McGeary, PhD - Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Kimberly Leite-Morris, PhD - Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Xi (Rossi) Lou, PhD - Department of Biostatistics
Project Title
: Collaboration on Imaging Pharmacogenetics and Monoamines