1 2 Research INKlings August 2013 RESEARCH INKLINGS Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain, elucidating how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain records, processes, uses, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, and to shed light on the complex links between brain function and behavior. This Presidential Grand Challenge aims to provide an initial commitment of approximately $100 million to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and National Science Foundation (NSF). NIH is working in close collaboration with other government agencies, including DARPA and NSF. Federal research agencies will partner with companies, foundations, and private research institutions that are also investing in relevant neuroscience research, such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Kavli Foundation, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Continued on page 4-5 AUGUST 2013 In this Issue: P2 HCC Recruits Cancer Stem Cell Expert P3 Multi-Project Applications P3 NIH Issues New PHS 398 Forms and SF424 P4-5 MUSC Researchers Study the Human Brain P6 Biomedical Informatics Center P7 New Surgeon & Clinical Director of Oncology at HCC P7 New Features â€“ Research Funding Alerts P8 MUSC FRD Innovation Award P8 Resources & Scientific Environment Revised Edition Special appreciation goes to Drs. Peter Kalivas and Truman Brown for their leadership and guidance with the BRAIN initiative article. Research INKlings is an on-line Newsletter prepared by the Office of Research Development providing research news, policy changes and other relevant information for MUSC faculty, staff and students.