BRAIN and BEHAVIOR INITIATIVE WEEKLY DIGEST

April 22, 2019


BBI-Kavli Day, feat. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis


Events begin at 2 p.m.  on May 1, 2019 with a talk by Dr. Miguel Nicolelis (Duke) as part of the BBI-Kavli Distinguished Speaker Series entitled "Brain-machine interfaces: from basic science to neurological rehabilitation." This will take place in 2204 Edward St. John Center.

Following this presentation will be a reception and Poster Session from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Come explore some of the exciting work related to brain and behavior being performed by Maryland graduate students and post-docs. 

Please don't forget to RSVP for these events by clicking here or below!


BBI & Chelsea School Community Series

Please join BBI at the Chelsea School (2970 Belcrest Center Drive, Suite 300, Hyattsville, MD 20782) on May 7, 2019 for a workshop with Andrea Chronis-Tuscano and Lauren Oddo entitled "Setting students with ADHD up for college success."


News

For about one third of people with epilepsy, current drug treatments don’t work very well. Gemma Carvill (second from right) has dedicated her research career to discovering the genetic causes of epilepsy in hopes of one day designing treatments that can control or even cure some forms of the disorder, e.g. so-called "liquid biopsies," or tiny fragments of DNA that may spill into the bloodstream following a seizure.
A foundational research roadmap for artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging was published this week in the journal Radiology. The report describes innovations that would help to produce more publicly available, validated and reusable data sets against which to evaluate new algorithms and techniques, noting that to be useful for machine learning these data sets require methods to rapidly create labeled or annotated imaging data. 
Over the course of a six-hour treatment, the brains were infused with a cocktail of synthetic fluids designed to halt cellular degeneration and restore cellular functions, such as metabolic activity. It worked: the brains continued to consume oxygen and glucose. Many brain cells, including neurons, ceased decaying and appear to have been revived in dramatic and detectable ways.
A recent NIH study finds that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning and perhaps even in implementing rehabilitative treatments for patients such as those who have suffered a stroke.
Scientists have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety.
A new study found that nearly 18 percent of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before being referred for treatment had actually been misdiagnosed with the autoimmune disease. The retrospective study analyzed the cases of 241 patients who had been diagnosed by other physicians and then referred to two major Los Angeles medical centers over the course of a year.

Calendar of Events

Cognitive Science Colloquium
Speaker: Jay Van Bavel (NYU)
Title: "The Partisan Brain: A value-based model of political belief"
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building
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NACS Research Day
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Bioscience Research Building
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Brain & Neuroimaging Seminar
Speaker: Igor Meglinski (Oulu)
Title: "Perspectives of Photonics-based Technologies in Functional Diagnosis of Brain and Neuroimaging"
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: 0215 Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center
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Funding Announcements

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.

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.

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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