UT BRAIN Seed Grant Awards

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Below are a list of the awards granted through the UT BRAIN Initiative. You can read an executive summary of this program here.

First Name Last Name  Collaborators Grant Title Grant Institution Abstract Information
 Seema Agarwala

Jeffrey Gross

Cellular and molecular bases of optic cup formation The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 Michael Beckstead

Carlos Paladini (UTSA), Jun Hee Kim, Peter Hornsby

Translatability of rodent dopaminergic neuron studies to the primate brain Univ of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Please click here
   

 

     
 Adela Ben-Yakar

Robert Messing, Roy D. Mayfield, Scott P. Hunicke-Smith

Single cell capture for transcriptome analysis of behavior The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 John Byrne

Behnaam Aazhang (Rice), Shin Nagayama, Douglas Baxter

Developing Integrated Methods for Analyzing Brain Circuits The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
   

 

     
 Raymond Cho

Consuelo Walss-Bass, Nicola R. Polizzotto

Direct Probes and Genetic Underpinnings of Neural Oscillations The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
           
 Richard Dewey Roozbeh Jafari (UTD) Big data analysis of gait in Parkinson disease UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
   

 

     
 Andrew Dunn

Kristen M. Harris, Hsin-Chih "Tim"

Superresolution microscopy of dendritic spines with multiphoton mode mixing The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 Timothy Duong

Craig Malloy (UTSW), Steve Wright (Texas A&M), Wei Li, Steven Warach (UTSW), Sherry A. Dean (UTSW)

Transformative MRI neurotechnology for micro-scale human cortical imaging Univ of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Please click here
   

 

     
Timothy Duong

Francisco Gonzalez-Lima (UT Aus), Donald Royall, Wilson Altmeyer, Jack L. Lancaster, Pavel Rodriguez

Multimodal MRI-based diagnosis and treatment of mild cognitive impairment Univ of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Please click here
           
 Greg Dussor Armen Akopian (UTHSCSA) Prolactin and sex dependence of migraine The University of Texas at Dallas Please click here
           
 Andrew Ellington Boris Zemelman A Robust Ionotropic Activator for Brain-Wide Manipulation of Neuronal Function The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
           
 Mark Henkemeyer Damith Gomika Udugamasooriya (Univ. Houston) Peptoid ligands that target the pro-synaptic EphB2 receptor UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
   

 

     
 William Holland

Laurent Gautron, Joel K. Elmquist, Jeffrey G. McDonald

Mapping the Mouse Brain Lipidome in Metabolic Disease UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
   

 

     
 Filip Janku

Ganesh Rao, John deGroot

Cerebral Spinal Fluid Liquid Biopsies in Brain Tumors University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Please click here
   

 

     
 Rakez Kayed

Wenbo Zhang, Yonju Ha, Urmi Sengupta

Tau Oligomers Toxicity and Spreading Through the Eye Brain Axis. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Please click here
   

 

     
 Bradley Lega

Michael Rugg (UTD), Genevieve Konopka

Comparing intracranial EEG, fMRI, and gene expression profiles in humans UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
   

 

     
 Jarrod Lewis-Peacock

James Sulzer, Jeffrey James Luci

Adaptive Brain Training Using fMRI Neurofeedback The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 Yong Li Ping Wu (UTMB) Novel neuromuscular junction model to study mechanisms of muscle atrophy The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
   

 

     
 Hanli Liu

Fu Lye Woon (UTSW), Francisco Gonzalez-Lima (UT Aus), Alexa Smith-Osborne

Transcranial light therapy and imaging of prefrontal cognition in PTSD The University of Texas at Arlington Please click here
   

 

     
 Lan Luan

Xiaoqin Li, Ching Xie, Jennifer Siegel, Raymond Chitwood

Flexible, multifunctional, integrated opto-electrical neural interface The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 Tomoko Makishima

David Dickman (Baylor),Gracie Vargas

Clearing of the mouse temporal bone for downstream applications The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Please click here
   

 

     
 David Marshak Michael Sherman (UTMB) Analysis of Neural Circuits by Electron Tomography The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
           
 Julian Meeks Todd Roberts Improved light sheet microscopy for rapid multicolor 3D imaging in vivo UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
           
 Massoud Motamedi

Henry Rylander (UT Aus), Gracie Vargas, Giulio Taglialatela, Thomas Milner (UT Aus)

Novel retina imaging for early detection of brain neurodegeneration University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Please click here
   

 

     
 Ian Nauhaus

Wilson S. Geisler, Eyal Seidemann

A novel optogenetic and imaging toolbox for behaving primates The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 Steven Patrie

Kate Luby-Phelps, Erik J. Plautz,Tae Hyu Hwang, Benjamin Morris Greenberg, Dana Robinson

Proteoform Network Analysis and Whole Animal Biomarker Discovery UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
   

 

     
 Martin Paukert

Manzoor A. Bhat

Brain Circuit Function and Locus Coeruleus Univ of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Please click here
   

 

     
 Zhenpeng Qin Sven Kroener Studying Brain Activity by Liposome-Based Neurotransmitter Burst Release The University of Texas at Dallas Please click here
           
 Christophe Ribelayga

Jiaqian Wu, Phillippe J. Masson (Univ. Houston)

Circadian Plasticity of a Network of Electrically Coupled Neurons The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
   

 

     
 Todd Roberts Wei Xu Identifying Novel Viral Vectors for Neuroscience Research UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
           
 Gabrielle Rudenko

Jia Zhou, Kathryn A. Cunningham, Noelle C. Anastasio, Kenneth M. Johnson Jr.

Synaptic dysfunction and disease–a new frontier for therapeutic development The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Please click here
   

 

     
 Claudio Soto Brian R. Davis Chimeric mice harboring human nerve cells as a model of Alzheimer' disease The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
           
 Claudio Soto Pramod K. Dash Traumatic Brain Injury promotes Alzheimer's disease through seed formation The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
   

 

     
 Charles Spencer

Astrid Cardona (UTSA), Arshad Khan

Neural Invasion by Francisella tularensis Causes Lethal Neuroinflammation The University of Texas at El Paso Please click here
   

 

     
 Robin Stephens

Gracie Vargas, Kathryn A. Cunningham, Kelly Dineley

Advanced Imaging Suite for Neuro-immuno-pathology of Infectious Disease The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Please click here
   

 

     
 James Sulzer

David Schnyer, Paul Ferrari (Dell Children's Med Center), Mark McManis, Larry Abraham

Enhancing complex motor performance using MEG neurofeedback The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 James Sulzer

Sheng Li (UT Health), David Ress (Baylor), Fabrizio Sergi (Rice)

A Robotic Approach to Investigate Brainstem Correlates of Spasticity The University of Texas at Austin Please click here
   

 

     
 Charles Szabo

Alexander Mark Papanastassiou, Robert E. Shade (Texas Biomedical Research Institute)

Responsive Neurostimulation in the Epileptic Baboon: A Pilot Study Univ of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Please click here
           
 Qingchun Tong Benjamin Arenkiel (Baylor) To deconstruct a hypothalamic neurocircuit for feeding and grooming The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
           
 Lenora Volk Brad Pfeiffer Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms of Memory Consolidation During Sleep UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
           
 Consuelo Walss-Bass

James Lechleiter (UTHSCSA), Michael John Beckstead (UTHSCSA), Ying Liu (UTHSCSA)

Generation of human-derived neurons for the study of psychiatric disorders The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
   

 

     
 Jun Wang

Angel Hernandez-Mulero (Cook Children's Hospital), Paul Ferrari (UT Aus)

Decoding Speech from MEG signals The University of Texas at Dallas Please click here
   

 

     
 M. Neal Waxham Ilya Levental Design principles of synapses: An integrated view of proteins and membranes The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Please click here
           
 Wei Xu Ellen S. Vitetta Visualizing Brain Rewiring by Engineering A-B Toxins UT Southwestern Medical Center Please click here
   

 

     
 Boris Zemelman

Michael R. Drew, Stephen F. Martin

A High Precision Method for Activity-Dependent Neural Circuit Mapping The University of Texas at Austin Please click here

 

The above image represents the collaboration between UT System campuses for the UT BRAIN FY15 awards. 

 

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For questions or comments please contact Tom Jacobs tjacobs@utsystem.edu, Andrew Hughes anhughes@utsystem.edu, or Margaret Hanson mhanson@utsystem.edu