Carney Institute faculty members pioneer research that illuminates how neural circuits give rise to complex behavior, generating benefits for society as well as the scientific community. Scientists within the Institute are uncovering molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms that underlie healthy brain function and understanding how those mechanisms malfunction in disease. Scientists are pursuing research revealing better understanding and better treatment of epilepsy; autism; ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders and movement disorders; mental illness such as depression, suicide, obsessive compulsive disorder. Carney Institute scientists and engineers are creating new tools that give the scientific community unprecedented views into understanding brain function; medical devices that can read out brain signals and adjust brain circuits; software that can more rapidly and smartly analyze brain and behavioral data to better predict when someone will have a seizure, who is at risk for attempting suicide, or what drug is best for a patient. Researchers are also building artificial vision systems that see like humans do, leading to a new generation of smart technology.
Carney Institute maximizes these impacts by creating an environment at Brown that allows faculty, postdocs and students to innovate, create and advance knowledge in brain science without constraint. The Institute supports research, training and outreach to benefit 130+ faculty from a range of academic and clinical departments at Brown University. The Carney Institute has recruited and retained world-class faculty, students, and staff; raised $60M in philanthropy and pledged support ($30M since 2015); funded early-stage innovation that has generated new federal funding; supported faculty in grant preparation and management; operates state-of-the-art research facilities and instruments; secured a $11M NIH award to help launch research of early-stage faculty; and supported training including fellowships for postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates; and engaged the local community in brain science.