Carney Year In Review - In 2022, the Carney Institute Led the Way in Brain Science

It's been a busy year at Carney. From the 2022 Society for Neuroscience meeting, to the development of technologies to assist people with ALS, to groundbreaking work in Alzheimer's detection, the Carney Institute has been making waves in all things brain science. Here are some of our favorite stories from the past year.

21_1.jpgWhy Tech Billionaires Like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos Are All investing in Biotech Startups That Want to Link Your Computer Directly to Your Brain - December 21
"It's not that the emperor has no clothes...the emperor has pants” - Carney Institute Associate Director Chris Moore quoted in the Business Insider article investigating why some of the richest and most powerful men are pouring money into the brain-computer-interface space, "chasing a technology could one day upend healthcare — and everyday life as we know it."

Screen Shot 2022-12-22 at 1.28.08 PM_0.pngSix Students Receive 2022-2023 Graduate Awards in Brain Science -  December 19
Six Brown University students have received graduate awards for the 2022/2023 academic year from the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science. The Graduate Awards in Brain Science recognize early-career scientists who have made outstanding research progress and demonstrate strong potential for successful lifelong scientific careers.

11_2.jpgThe 2022 Society for Neuroscience Meeting: The View from Carney -  November 23
After two years of remote attendance, Carney Institute staff, students, postdocs, and affiliated faculty traveled to San Diego for the 2022 Society for Neuroscience meeting. Colleagues connected face to face, shared ideas and research, presented groundbreaking work, attended plenaries and discussions, and picked-up swag at the conference hall.

13_1.jpgCarney Institute Director Dr. Diane Lipscombe Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences - October 31
Earlier this fall, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducted Dr. Diane Lipscombe, Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Director of the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science, Director of the Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science, and Professor of Neuroscience.

14_0.jpgUsing New Technique, Researchers Make Surprising Discoveries About How Flies’ Brains Respond to Tastes - August 22
The study is an example of how brain imaging technology — in this case developed by researchers at Brown University — can be adapted to advance knowledge of brain processes and prompt new questions about behavior.


5_0.jpegAbdelfattah Earns Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award -  July 7
Ahmed Abdelfattah, Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, has been named one of five 2022 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, the foundation has announced. The award will accelerate his lab’s efforts to develop new molecular sensors that detect brain activity on rapid time scales and at high resolution.

17_0.jpgBrown Researcher to lead $16M Grant to Explore Potential Cause, Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease - March 10
Led by principal investigator John Sedivy, a multi-university effort will build on recent discoveries about mechanisms of aging to understand causes and potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

18_0.jpgSeven Brain Science Projects Receive Research Seed Awards - ​​February 16
Brown University's Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded $1 million in seed funds to support 21 research projects led by Brown researchers, including seven brain science-related projects. The seed awards advance research through new directions and collaborations, and boost potential for subsequent external funding. Below is a description of the brain science projects supported by this year's seed awards.

19_0.jpgCarney Professor Wins Three Awards for Contributions to Psychological Science - February 15
Brown University scientist Oriel FeldmanHall has recently received three early-career awards from prestigious neuroscience and psychological professional societies for her contributions to science.FeldmanHall, who is affiliated with Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Science, is one of eight scientists worldwide to receive the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science (APS)

20_0.jpgBrown Professor Wins CERF Medical Engineering Prize for ‘Braingate+SoftRobotics’ Project - February 8
Dr. Leigh Hochberg is part of an award-winning team that is combining soft robotic devices with brain-computer interface technology to help people with ALS. The Cullen Education and Research Fund has awarded the inaugural CERF Medical Engineering Prize for ALS Research to the members of BrainGate+SoftRobotics, a research team based at Brown University, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. The team is creating a series of technologies intended to improve arm and hand function for people with muscle weakness and paralysis, including people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

AAAS_Logo_1.pngTwo Carney Faculty Elected AAAS Fellows - January 26
Two researchers affiliated with the Carney Institute for Brain Science are among five members of the Brown University faculty who have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, who nominate fellows for election by the AAAS Council, the association’s policymaking body.