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An Indian origin scientist Satrajit Ghosh from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s McGovern Institute has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative grant, a public- private grant established to fund research into the development and application of new technologies to understand brain function.
Ghosh’s current research portfolio comprises projects on spoken communication, brain imaging, and informatics to address gaps in scientific knowledge in three areas: the neural basis and translational applications of speaking, precision psychiatry and medicine, and preserving information for reproducible research.
According to his bio, his research interests span computer science and neuroscience, specifically in the areas of applied machine learning, signal processing, and translational medicine. In addition to his role at the McGovern Institute, he is also an assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.
NIH announced its third project supported by the BRAIN Initiative, called BRAIN Initiative Connectivity Across Scales (BRAIN CONNECTS). The new project complements two previous large-scale projects, which together aim to transform neuroscience research by generating wiring diagrams that can span entire brains across multiple species.
These detailed wiring diagrams can help uncover the logic of the brain’s neural code, leading to a better understanding of how this circuitry makes us who we are and how it could be rewired to treat brain diseases. The initial round of BRAIN CONNECTS awards will support researchers at more than 40 universities and research institutions across the globe with 11 grants totaling $150 million over five years.