RESEARCH: New Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at The Johns Hopkins University
The Kavli Foundation and its university partners announced this morning the founding of three new neuroscience institutes, including one at Johns Hopkins. The new Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at The Johns Hopkins University, expected to launch in early 2016, will bring an interdisciplinary group of researchers together to investigate the workings of the brain. Michael I. Miller, Herschel and Ruth Seder Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named co-director, with Richard L. Huganir, professor and director of the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Miller also is director of the Center for Imaging Science, and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute, to be funded by a joint $20 million commitment by Kavli and Johns Hopkins, is designed to integrate neuroscience, engineering, and data science—three fields in which the university has long excelled—to understand the relationship between the brain and behavior.
Experimental tools in neuroscience are yielding larger and more complex data sets than ever before, but the ability of neuroscientists to manage and mine these data sets effectively has lagged behind, as has their ability to model the behavior of cells and circuits in the brain. The new institute aims to change that by drawing on the university’s expertise in “big data” analytics.
“The challenges of tomorrow will not be confined to distinct disciplines, and neither will the solutions we create,” says Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. “The Kavli Foundation award is a tremendous honor because it allows Johns Hopkins to build on our history of pioneering neuroscience and to catalyze new partnerships with engineers and data scientists that will be essential to building a unified understanding of brain function.”
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