Stanford Neurosciences Institute awards seed grants

The STANFORD NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTE recently awarded its second round of seed grants to six interdisciplinary teams of researchers.

Those six grants will go to small teams of researchers who come from different departments or approach their topics using distinct methods or points of view.

This round’s recipients include researchers working on cognitive aging, treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder, the molecular mechanisms underlying estrogen and testosterone, computational physics models of neurons, chronic pain and brain stimulation using ultrasound.

Each grant provides funding that allows researchers to launch new collaborations and pilot risky but potentially high-reward projects. This year, the grants will go to 15 faculty members representing 10 departments in Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities and Sciences.

Identification of sex hormone interacting proteins

  • Nirao Shah, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology
  • Justin Du Bois, Chemistry
Carolyn Rodriguez
Carolyn Rodriguez

A novel sigma-1 receptor PET radioligand as a probe of ketamine’s rapid therapeutic action in disorders of human brain and behavior: Pilot study

  • Carolyn Rodriguez, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Frederick Chin, Radiology
  • David Lyons, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Alan Schatzberg, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Pamela Flood, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Remote and localized neural activation using sonomagnetic stimulation

  • Amin Arbabian, Electrical Engineering
  • Stephen Baccus, Neurobiology

Enabling faster and more responsive voltage imaging through computational biophysics

  • Michael Lin, Neurobiology, Bioengineering
  • Ron Dror, Computer Science

TrkA-ing the chronic pain

  • Bianxiao Cui, Chemistry
  • Gregory Scherrer, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

The impact of early medial temporal lobe Tau in human cognitive aging

  • Elizabeth Mormino, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
  • Anthony Wagner, Psychology