April 8, 2019

Wednesday! BBI-Kavli Distinguished Lecture

Please join us for a talk by Dr. Gina Turrigiano (Brandeis) entitled "Self-tuning neurons and firing rate homeostasis in neocortical circuits," on Wednesday, April 10 at 10 a.m. in 1103 BRB. 

Dr. Turrigiano has produced outstanding work on neural plasticity and cortex development, and she has received many honors, including the MacArthur "Genius" Award and NIH Director's Pioneer Award.

Call for Posters: BBI-Kavli Day

If you are performing research that aligns with BBI’s mission or if you already have a poster that you would like to present during BBI-Kavli Day, consider showcasing your work during the Poster Session on May 1, 2019, in the Edward St. John Center. 

To apply, please email BBI ( with a title, authors, and brief abstract (approx. 300 words) by Friday, April 12, 2019. Decisions will be made by Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Space is limited (approx. 20 posters), with preference given to graduate students and post-docs.

Please see our flyer for more information about BBI-Kavli Day events.


Past studies have suggested that a particular chemical messenger, glutamate, is responsible for migraine pain following a spinal cord injury, but the difficulty has been tracking its split-second spike in action. Now, engineers have built a tiny, flexible sensor that is faster and more precise than past attempts at tracking glutamate, which might ideally find future clinical use as a way of monitoring the effectiveness of drug treatment for brain disease.
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Researchers have developed a unique 3D-printed transparent skull implant for mice that provides an opportunity to watch the activity of the entire brain surface in real time and to interact with large parts of the cortex over extended periods of time. This sort of fundamental brain research might ultimately provide new insight into human brain conditions such as concussions, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
New research suggests that recent advances in deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease could lead to treatments for conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and depression. The study found that using electrodes that both stimulate and record from deep brain structures can provide benefits for a range of ailments. 
A new discipline sits at the intersection of neuroscience and engineering, where lessons learned from circuits, networks and chips are combined with the latest findings on brain circuitry. This work envisions a world in which neuroscience moves from observation to causation--that is, a world where brain condition might potentially be reversed by using electronics to influence information flow in the brain.

Calendar of Events

BBI-Kavli Distinguished Lecture
Speaker: Gina Turrigiano (Brandeis)
Title: "Self-tuning neurons and firing rate homeostasis in neocortical circuits"
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building
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NACS Seminar
Speaker: Andrea Halpern (Bucknell)
Title: "Imagine That! Individual Differences in Auditory Imagery for Music"
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building
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Notable Conferences, Workshops, & Webinars

Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat
April 9, 2019
Baltimore, MD

5th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting
April 11-13, 2019
Washington, DC

From Neural Activity to Behavior: Computational Modeling of the Nervous System
April 18-19, 2019
Bethesda, MD
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Behaviour 2019
July 23-27, 2019
Chicago, IL

Funding Announcements

Neuropathological Assessment of TBI-related Neurodegeneration and Neurocognitive decline - Center Without Walls (NATBI CWOW) (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-NS-19-030); National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Institute on Aging. Application due: April 15, 2019.

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) (RFA-NS-19-011). Application Receipt Date(s): December 13, 2018; April 15, 2019; December 13, 2019; April 15, 2020; December 15, 2020; April 15, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization.

DARPA invites applications for the Grounded Artificial Intelligence Language Acquisition (GAILA) Program (DARPA-PA-18-02-06) to fund research in the technical domain of human language technology, cognitive science, and language acquisition. Application due: April 28, 2019.

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.

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.

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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