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Event Summaries about the BRAIN Initiative

  • January 16–18, 2024
    This workshop will be a 3-day interactive event with targeted and coordinated presentations, panel discussions, and demonstrations with the following goals: 1. Foster the development of data standards for the integration and annotation of single-cell genomics data. 2. Systemize and automate the process of data to information to knowledge and develop pipelines where feasible. 3. Shed new insights on brain cell functional studies by using cell atlasing data and cell type-specific targeting tools. 4. Develop strategies with brain disease research communities to maximally leverage BICCN / BICAN data. 5. Develop a community roadmap for the analysis and annotation of single cell data.
  • September 14–15, 2023
    The primary goal of the workshop was to examine focused ultrasound neuromodulation for mental health applications and share the latest findings and best practices.
  • May 2–3, 2023
    Hybrid — NIH Campus, Natcher Auditorium, Bethesda, Maryland and Virtual
    This workshop brought together a diverse group of scientists and innovators from various fields and sectors to improve our understanding of behavior in health and disease.
  • December 14–15, 2022
    The purpose of this NIH BRAIN Initiative workshop is to discuss unmet needs and emerging imaging approaches to characterizing brain cell types and their connectivity in human and other mammalian brains.
  • October 5, 2020
    On October 5, 2020, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) held a virtual Town Hall to bring together the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress and the NIMH Professional Coalition for Research Progress. The meeting featured three presentations from National Institutes of Health (NIH) staff who spoke about ongoing mental health research initiatives, a brief discussion panel with these presenters, and an hour-long question-and-answer session with Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of NIMH, outlining NIMH’s new outreach approach to increase public access to mental health research, and to facilitate communication between NIMH, professional societies, and advocacy groups.
  • November 12, 2017
    Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference - Washington, D.C.
    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) initiative was created to support the research programs and career development of outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long-term commitment to research most relevant to NIMH. These awards seek to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, or basic research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders.