Seeds for the brain


From studies of mental disorders to brain-degenerating diseases, five research projects from the Health Science Center were each awarded $100,000 seed grants as part of the UT System initiative to jump-start multidisciplinary research on the human brain.

A total of $4.5 million was awarded through the UT System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research Institute, created by the Board of Regents in 2014 to facilitate team approaches to brain research. The Health Science Center was the only UT component in South Texas to receive the seed grants.

The projects receiving funding are:

  • “Translatability of Rodent Dopaminergic Neuron Studies to the Primate Brain,” Michael Beckstead, Ph.D.
  • “Transformative MRI Neurotechology for Micro-scale Human Cortical Imaging,” multiple researchers
  • “Brain Circuit Function and Locus Coeruleus,” Martin Paukert, Ph.D.
  • “Multimodal MRI-based Diagnosis and Treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment,” multiple researchers
  • “Responsive Neurostimulation in the Epileptic Baboon: A Pilot Study,” Charles Szabo, M.D.

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