Our Impact

The Carney Institute creates an environment that allows Brown University faculty, postdocs and students to innovate, create and advance knowledge in brain science without constraint. The Institute supports research, training and outreach to benefit more than 180 faculty members from 23 academic and clinical departments at Brown, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and other researchers.

Discovery that Benefits Humanity

Carney Institute faculty research illuminates how neural circuits give rise to complex behavior, generating benefits for society and the scientific community. Scientists within the Institute are actively working on research that has real-life, human applications including:

  • Brain-computer interfaces to aid patients with spinal injury and paralysis;
  • Innovative advances in computational neuroscience to address behavior and mood disorders;
  • Development of bioluminescent molecules to detect and control neuronal activity;
  • Development of new methods for labeling neural circuits;
  • Research into mechanisms of neurodegeneration as part of efforts to identify therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Critical to our research efforts are the contributions of hundreds of graduate and undergraduate researchers and postdoctoral fellows.

How Carney Catalyzes Brain Science

Carney Institute investments have enabled upgrades to the MRI instrument in 2015 and established the Behavioral Phenotyping Core. Carney has also invested in optical imaging (microscopy), brain stimulation, and core infrastructure for fruit fly research.

Average annual investments in programs

  • $200K

    Postdoctoral awards

  • $18K

    Undergraduate research awards

  • $200K

    Graduate research awards

  • $2.5M

    Recruitment and retention

  • $900K

    Faculty salaries through endowed professorships

  • $700K

    Innovation Awards

  • $600K

    Core facilities

Fundraising and Recruitment

  • $157M

    funds raised

    since 2011

  • 8

    faculty recruited

    since 2013