Major Accomplishments of 2019

From breakthroughs in the lab to the unveiling of a new innovation hub, 2019 was a high-octane year for the engineers, neuroscientists and data scientists at Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Science.

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Fueling Discovery

  • 200 faculty from 20 units are affiliated with the Carney Institute. The institute welcomed 3 new faculty, 2 of whom joined the institute’s Center for Translational Neuroscience.
  • Carney-affiliated faculty published more than 250 articles in journals including: Science, Nature Communications, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Medicine, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuron, eLife and more.
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Investing in Research

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  • In FY19, 44 of our faculty were awarded more than $28M in external grants for brain-related research. And an interdisciplinary team started FY20 with $6.3M in DARPA funding.
  • In FY19, 65% of Carney grants were collaborative. 
  • In FY19, 52% of Carney grants involved 28 partners outside of Brown. 
  • In 2019, Carney awarded more than $900K in internal grants, funding 6 innovation awards for faculty, 4 graduate awards and 5 Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards.
  • In partnership with the Brown Institute for Translational Science, the Carney Institute established the Center for Translational Neuroscience. Carney now has 5 research centers and initiatives.

Building Community

  • Carney hosted 37 events, including seminars, lunch talks, workshops and a postdoc retreat.
  • 21 Carney-affiliated graduate students visited 11 elementary, middle and high schools to introduce more than 400 students to the wonders of brain science.
  • The institute commissioned 3 brain-inspired works of art from Brown University students.
  • Carney held a professional development workshop for 12 teachers from Sophia Academy on how to teach to the tween/teen brain.
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Leading in Innovation

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  • Scientists conducted 1,580 hours of brain scans at Carney's MRI Facility.
  • The Carney Institute and its affiliated researchers appeared more than 150 times in media such as The New York Times, NPR, PBS, US News & World Report, The Boston Globe and more.