Richard Huganir

Professor and Director, Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University
Co-Director, Brain Science Institute; and HHMI investigator
President, Society for Neuroscience (2017-2018)
Member, Multi-Council Working Group (NIMH council)

Huganir's lab is credited for examining the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of neurotransmitter receptor function with a focus on glutamate receptors.Their studies have suggested that regulation of receptor function may be a major mechanism for the regulation of synaptic plasticity in the nervous system in health and disease.

BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group

The working group, co-chaired by NINDS Director Walter Koroshetz and NIMH Director Tom Insel, is composed of 14 outstanding extramural neuroscience researchers and a neuro-ethics expert, in addition to three ex officio members representing Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The purpose of the working group is to provide input on a variety of issues to the advisory councils of the 10 NIH Institutes participating in the BRAIN Initiative.

MCWG Meeting July 30, 2015

NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group Meeting (MCWG) met on July, 30 2015. Videocast coming soon.

10:15 am - Update on BRAIN
10:30 am - Opportunities for Collaboration
11:40 am - Group Discussion
12:45 pm - Neuroethics
1:15 pm - FY 16 Plans
3:00 pm - FY 17 and Beyond

For more information on previous MCWG meetings and members, go to "Working Group"under the "About" menu.


Early Access to Neuromodulation and Recording- 6/3-6/4

TITLE: NIH BRAIN Initiative Workshop: Industry Partnerships to Facilitate Early Access to Neuromodulation and Recording Devices for Human Clinical Studies

TIME: 12:00:00 PM DATE: June 3 and 4, 2015

PLACE: Neuroscience Center Building (NSC)

Live NIH Videocast (archived after seminar)

March 4, 2015 MCWG meeting

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group met at the Neuroscience Center Building.

The meeting agenda included discussion of BRAIN research supported by NIH, neuroethics, and presentations on BRAIN-related activities supported by the four additional Federal agencies involved in The BRAIN Initiative: DARPA, NSF, the FDA, and IARPA.

The meeting was open to the public and videocast can be accessed from this post.

August 25, 2014 MCWG meeting

The purpose of the working group is to provide input on a variety of issues to the advisory councils of the 10 NIH Institutes participating in the BRAIN Initiative.

The meeting included an overview of the BRAIN Initiative, an overview of the working group’s responsibilities, and a discussion of the applications received in response to the NIH’s initial six BRAIN Initiative funding announcements. In the afternoon, concepts for potential future BRAIN funding announcements were presented for input and approval

‘BRAIN Initiative’ – Wikipedia entry

The White House BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), is a collaborative, public-private research initiative announced by the Obama administration on April 2, 2013, with the goal of supporting the development and application of innovative technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function.

This activity is a Grand Challenge focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain, and was developed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as part of a broader White House Neuroscience Initiative.

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