UT Austin Receives M to Develop Techniques for Brain Imaging & Manipulation

Photo courtesy of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin will receive three grants totaling $4 million to develop techniques for imaging and manipulating the activity of neurons in the brain, research that will help scientists explore the mechanisms of addiction, obesity, fear and many other brain states and disorders. The funding, provided by the National Institutes of Health, is part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative launched last year by President Barack Obama. One of the members of all three research teams awarded grants is Boris Zemelman, who, before coming to UT Austin, was an initial researcher behind the innovation of a powerful new tool in neuroscience called optogenetics, which uses light to turn individual neurons…


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