UTMB announces brain research winners

Five to receive funding from UT System initiative

UTMB announces brain research winners

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Five researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have been selected to receive grants from the University of Texas System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Institute.

The Institute, created just six months ago, is awarding grants to jump-start research that will dramatically advance research of the human brain.

As part of the U.S. Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, the Institute seeks to revolutionize understanding of the human brain and help treat, cure and prevent brain disorders.

UTMB’s researchers will be receiving a portion of the $4.5 million awarded by the Institute to fund research seed grants.

“We are proud that our UTMB recipients will be able to enhance their research efforts with this funding,” said Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. “We expect their research will continue the tradition of cutting-edge neuroscience research at UTMB.”

UTMB Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Institute grant recipients are Rakez Kayed, associate professor, department of neurology; Tomoko Makishima, associate professor, department of otolaryngology; Massoud Motamedi, director, Center for Biomedical Engineering; Gabrielle Rudenko, associate professor, pharmacology and Robin Stephens, assistant professor, internal medicine.

The five UTMB researchers are among 45 receiving grants out of 158 proposals submitted from 15 UT System institutions. Proposals were submitted and reviewed by more than 100 faculty researchers from institutions outside of Texas.

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