February 4, 2019

Seed Grant Information Session

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, for the Seed Grant Program Information Session.

RSVP here and include your research interests; let BBI help introduce you to your next collaborator!

Spring 2019 BBI Events

Please save the dates for these BBI speakers coming to UMD this spring!

BBI-ISR Joint Seminar

Speaker: Vikram Mitra (Apple Inc.)
Title: "Speech as behavioral signal for mental and cognitive health: Some observation and results"
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1146 A. V. Williams

BBI-Kavli Distinguished Speaker Series

Speaker: Gina Turrigiano (Brandeis)
Title: "Self-tuning neurons, firing rate homeostasis, and sleep/wake states"
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1103 Biosciences Research Building

Special BBI Seminar

Speaker: Carel ten Cate (Leiden)
Title: TBA
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

BBI-Kavli Day, feat. Distinguished Speaker
Speaker: Miguel Nicolelis (Duke)
Title: TBA
Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: 0202 Edward St. John Center

Graduate Poster Session and Reception to follow

BBI Seed Grant Program

BBI is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the FY19 Seed Grant Program.

Over the last three years, BBI has awarded seed funding to 21 teams of innovative interdisciplinary researchers from 20 different departments and centers/institutes across campus. These have been extremely successful; BBI's $1.3M investment yielded ~$10M in NIH funding.

We look forward to the next round of exciting proposals for collaborative research about behavior and the brain. Questions should be directed to:

Letter of Intent due: February 15, 2019
Proposal due: April 1, 2019


The body’s microbial community may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in dementia, autism and other disorders.
An NIH-funded study links brain activity related to associative learning with PTSD symptom severity.
An orchestra in which musicians are dealing with mental health issues is working to harness the healing power of music.
Researchers have identified a single gene that increases the need for sleep when we are fighting sickness. NEMURI helps fight infections with its antimicrobial activity, and is secreted by neurons to drive prolonged sleep during infection.
A new study reports genetic variants that are critical for the development of the brain during fetal development are also frequently found in psychiatric disorders.
A new study is the first to directly examine cells from patients whose depression doesn't respond to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Calendar of Events

Cognitive Science Colloquium
Speaker: Dr. Linda Smith, Indiana University
Title: "Learning from the Infant’s Point of View"
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building
More info

NCI-UMD Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research Annual Symposium
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, NIH 35A, Room 620/630

NACS Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Anne Churchland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Title: "Untangling cognition and action in the brain"
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building
More info

Research Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Giandomenico Iannetti
Title: "From pain to defensive actions: saliency detection as a reactive process"
Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 12 noon
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Nursing Auditorium (room 130)

Funding Announcements

Biobehavioral Basis of Chronic Pain (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PA-18-944). Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, The first standard application due date for this FOA is February 5, 2019.  
Applying a Biopsychosocial Perspective to Self-Management of Chronic Pain (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PA-18-945). Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. The first standard application due date for this FOA is February 5, 2019.  

The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation is awarded for innovative research that modulates neural activity through physical (electrical, magnetic, optical) stimulation of targeted sites in the nervous system with implications for translational medicine. Due March 15, 2019.

NCI Investigators and UMD Faculty are invited to submit collaborative projects for graduate student support. It is anticipated that several graduate students will be supported through NCI Cancer Research Training Award fellowships starting in the Fall 2019 semester and that tuition will be covered by the University of Maryland. Seed awards will be judged based on student qualifications as well as potential impact, relevance to cancer, innovation and synergism between physics, math, bioengineering & biocomputation and cancer biology. Proposals should be submitted to Stephanie Noel ( by 5 p.m. on March 29, 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 PM local time of applicant organization.

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