2020 BBI Seed Grants

The 2020 BBI Seed Grant projects tackle a highly diverse set of problems and research questions, including Alzheimer’s disease, disparities in hearing healthcare access, the influence of complex traumas on black men’s mental health, the detection and classification of human emotion based on gait, the neuroendocrine effect on brain function in the vertebrate brain, and the engineering of an organismal regulatory circuit.

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2019 BBI Seed Grants

Some of the challenges that this year’s seed projects treat are: aphasics’ struggles with word-finding, attitudes toward agricultural water reuse, difficulties in language comprehension among non-native speakers, the intransigence of bystanders during cases of bullying in middle and high school, the deleterious effects of building design on mental health, and the gap in knowledge about how the brain’s molecular and genetic structures affect human beings upon loss-of-function (e.g. in cases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases).

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2018 BBI Seed Grants

The 2018 seed grants address such questions as how to engineer an in vitro platform to study the gut-brain axis, whether sound texture outweighs sequence for zebra finches, whether Brillouin microscopy can be adapted synaptic transmission, how to optimize the temporal resolution of calcium brain imaging, what are the psychobiological pathways supporting paranoia in psychosis, how the acquisition of relational words underlies childhood achievement in math, and how epigenetics influence decision-making for methamphetamine relapse.

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2017 BBI Seed Grants

The 2017 seed grants tackle such topics as the relationship between social anxiety and substance abuse, language acquisition and long-term auditory memory, the connections between meditation and gut health, the non-visual neural registration of ambient light, the genetic changes associated with fatherhood, the physical properties of mosquitos’ attraction to humans, the genetic variables associated with hereditary hearing loss, the development of a superior EEG for studying the neural correlates of dance, and how to improve analysis of the temporal properties of fMRI data.

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2016 BBI Seed Grants

The inaugural round of BBI seed grants address such matters as the effect of age on speech recognition for cochlear implant users, the development of a light-based tool for detecting schizophrenia via the retina, the new application of vesicle technology to study the neural workings of social behavior, the design of an ultrafast 3D imaging technique to examine behavior by imaging populations of neurons, and the development of a novel tool—the spin-torque nano-oscillator—to non-invasively report single action potentials from a neuron.

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