Navigation Links
Rice University wins neuroengineering grant
Date:9/5/2013

An effort by Rice University to train the neuroengineers of the future has drawn nearly $2.8 million in support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The highly competitive Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant for the program led by bioengineer Robert Raphael with colleagues at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine will spur innovative training that spans neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering.

The money will primarily support graduate students learning about new technologies to study the brain, Raphael said. He expects the program will begin accepting applications next spring.

The students will participate in an innovative curriculum focused on problem-based learning and the development of online educational resources. They will be exposed to global, ethical and policy aspects of neuroengineering and will be able to apply for an internal competitive incentive fund to explore new research ideas and technologies.

"We want engineering students at Rice to learn from neuroscientists at Baylor and neuroscience students at Baylor to learn from engineering at Rice," Raphael said. "By doing so, we will enhance the education of these students beyond what's possible at one institution or the other."

Raphael, an associate professor of bioengineering, is based at Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative. Joining him on the project as co-investigators are Rice colleagues Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and chair of the ECE Department; Marcia O'Malley, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and computer science; and Caleb Kemere, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Dora Angelaki, the Wilhelmina Robertson Professor and chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, also is a co-investigator.

Advances in electrical and optical methods to interact with the brain will help train students in three areas: cellular systems neuroengineering, which involves the study of molecular and cellular signaling; the engineering of multineuron circuits to induce specific responses in the brain; and translational neuroengineering to develop clinical devices like prosthetics and deep-brain stimulators.

"Neuroengineering, as an emerging discipline, is very interdisciplinary," Aazhang said. "Students need to learn about the physiology of the brain, the human nervous system, computational, theoretical and experimental neuroscience, and engineering tools to be able to get started in doing research in this arena.

"As a graduate student, you need to become expert very quickly in several different areas that, a few years ago, were far removed from each other," he said.

Many Rice labs are working on these very technologies, including Raphael's studies of biological membranes and hearing loss, Aazhang's work on real-time brain stimulation, O'Malley's work on robotic exoskeletons that respond to wireless commands from the brain and Kemere's investigation of interfaces with memory and other cognitive processes.

Raphael cited several Rice faculty who are not co-investigators but made pivotal contributions to the NSF bid, including bioengineer Amina Qutub, who takes a systems biology approach to cellular signaling in the neurovasculature, and electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson, who develops methods for recording from neurons using nanoscale technology.

"We have this nice convergence," Raphael said. "I've been arguing since 2003 for a strategic plan to build neuroengineering at Rice. A few years ago, ECE made a decision to move forward in this area. Bioengineering has been building strength in systems biology and the new chair of neuroscience at Baylor (Angelaki) was trained as a biomedical engineer. All these things created the fertile environment that is now coming together."

The NSF's IGERT program was established in 1997 and has funded more than 125 sites to meet the challenges of educating U.S. scientists, engineers and educators. The new grant is the third IGERT Rice has received. Earlier grants were for nanophotonics research and a program in cellular engineering.


'/>"/>

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. University of Cincinnati researchers win $3.7M grant from US Department of Defense
2. Leading experts on congenital muscular dystrophy convene at University of Nevada, Reno
3. Rice University student engineers automate limb lengthening for kids
4. Louisiana Tech University professor earns NSF Early Career Development grant
5. Neuropsychologist receives University of Houstons highest faculty honor
6. University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work announces partnership with MD Anderson
7. Columbia University Medical Center and NY-Presbyterian experts at APA meeting
8. University of Minnesota startup to treat challenging bacterial infection
9. University studies and career expectations of medical students
10. McMaster University researchers discover drug destroys human cancer stem cells but not healthy ones
11. Feola, at University of Kentucky, receives NIH grant to study cystic fibrosis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/27/2017)... TX (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 , ... ... 75,000 customer threshold mark last week. In addition, Discount Power's RCE (Residential Customer ... Energy LLC in March 2014. The company had 800 customers and 2,250 RCEs ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Silicon Valley Hair ... announce a new informational post on robotic hair transplantation. San Francisco residents may ... transplant and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) can sound similar. Either treatment can be ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... ... New Jersey ranks among the top five states in the entire nation ... advanced services is growing. , Project WE vs C is a focused two-year ... non-profit partners in their fight against cancer and in support of their shared mission ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... Como, Italy (PRWEB) , ... February 26, 2017 ... ... its last call for entries to the 7th Edition of International Social Design ... by Social Design Professionals, Product Designers, System Designers, Governments and Institutions worldwide with ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... NuevaCare, a leading home care agency based in ... Palo Alto, is proud to announce an important upgrade to its geographic information pages, ... care close to home, and by having city-specific pages, NuevaCare is answering that information ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... 2017  Today, exocad America and the Biodenta ... new path to produce 510(K) cleared, in-house milled, ... integrated into exocad DentalCAD software. In order to ... Manufacturing Processes (GMP,s) into their organization, sign up ... an audit process. Then, dental labs can use Biodenta,s ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... to 2025" report to their offering. ... The Global Empty Capsules Market is poised to grow ... approximately $2.9 billion by 2025. This industry report analyzes ... as well as regional levels presented in the research scope. The study ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Feb. 24, 2017  In conjunction with DURECT Corporation,s ... results press release, you are invited to listen to ... the internet on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4:30 ... A live audio webcast of the presentation will be ... and clicking "Investor Relations."  If you are unable to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: