May 6, 2019


Since the early 2000s, improved hardware and advances in experimental and theoretical neuroscience have enabled researchers to create ever larger and more-detailed models of the brain. But if scientists want to simulate a brain that can match human intelligence, let alone eclipse it, they may have to start with better building blocks—neuromorphic computer chips.
Tiny sensors with tinier legs, stamped out of silicon wafers, could one day soon help fix your cellphone battery or study your brain. These new robots take advantage of the same basic technology as computer chips—it is no technological feat to make a silicon chip 100 microns on a side—but what now exists is the exoskeleton for the robot arms, or its actuators.
In a small study, researchers devise a test that could distinguish healthy people from those with the syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. A
distinguishing characteristic of the disease appears to be the electrical response of patients’ blood cells when under stress.
The object in the image above might look like an ordinary plastic tube, but this tube is neither plastic nor ordinary. It is a bioengineered, off-the-shelf replacement human blood vessel that could one day benefit people who receive kidney dialysis or undergo coronary bypass surgery.
Modifying levels of vasopressin, a hormone involved in the regulation of mammalian social behavior, could enhance social function in people with autism spectrum disorder. Blocking receptors for vasopressin or directly supplying the hormone to patients was associated with improved measures of social behavior.
In this episode of the Above the Basement podcast, Dr. Francis Collins speaks to Dr. Ron Hirschberg about a range of topics related to music, including the importance of collaborating and listening, both in the lab and on stage.

Calendar of Events

BBI & Chelsea School Community Series
Speakers: Andrea Chronis-Tuscano & Lauren Oddo
Title: "Setting students with ADHD up for college success"
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chelsea School (2970 Belcrest Center Dr., Suite 300, Hyattsville, MD 20782)
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Funding Announcements

Wildlife Acoustics invites applications for Bioacoustic Research Projects focused on using bioacoustics for data collection and/or analysis, advancing scientific knowledge, and contributing to long-term conservation efforts. One or more awards of up to $5,000 each may be made. Application due: May 15, 2019.

Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroSciences (BRAINS) is a national program funded by NIH NINDS that aims to increase the engagement and retention of early-career academic neuroscientists from underrepresented groups through cohort-based community development and access to tips, tools, and skills development. BRAINS is now accepting applications for the 2019 cohort. Application due: May 20, 2019.

Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) - Institutional Research Training Program [T32] (RFA-OD-19-011). Application due: May 25, 2019.

Alcohol and Other Substance Use Research Education Programs for Health Professionals (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-19-207). Application due: May 25, 2019.

Soliciting Applications for the BRAIN Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00). Application due: June 12, 2019.

Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) (NSF 19-563). Preliminary proposal due: June 14, 2019; Full proposal due: December 13, 2019.

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international research prize of $25,000. Since 2002, it has been awarded annually to one young scientist who is not older than 35 years for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology. Application due: June 15, 2019.

Limited Competitions for Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study:
Linked Research Project Sites (Collaborative U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-DA-20-002). Application due: July 24, 2019.
Data Analysis, Informatics and Resource Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-DA-20-003). Application due: July 24, 2019.
Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-DA-20-004). Application due: July 24, 2019.

The Office of Strategic Coordination invites DP5 applications for NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (RFA-RM-19-008) to support investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Letter of intent due: August 13, 2019; applications due: September 13, 2019.

The American Psychological Foundation invites applications of its David H. And Beverly A. Barlow Grant to fund Research on Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders conducted by a graduate student or early-career researcher. Application due: September 18, 2019.

NIH invites R01 applications for NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards (RFA-RM-19-007) to fund individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. Application due September 20, 2019.

The Maryland Catalyst Fund program – formerly known as the Faculty Incentive Program – is the University of Maryland’s internal faculty research support program and a key resource in the university’s overall effort to expand its research activity, visibility and impact. The program aims to enable innovative research, to incentivize the pursuit of large, complex, and high-impact research initiatives, and to increase our competitiveness for extramural research awards.

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