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Big Ideas in Neuroscience

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Big Ideas in Neuroscience

Announcing SNI's Big Ideas in Neuroscience

Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2014, interdisiciplinary teams of Stanford faculty dreamed big and imagined neuroscience transformed.  The results were Big Ideas - new interdisciplinary collaborations spanning Stanford schools and departments aimed at tackling fundamental problems in neuroscience.  With input from a diverse group of internal reviewers, the SNI executive committee selected seven proposals to become prioritized initiatives for the Stanford Neurosciences Institute.  Each Big Idea extends work already occurring at Stanford to create broader impact than any faculty member could have alone. The initiatives fall broadly into three categories:

NeuroDiscovery - probing the inner workings of the brain

NeuroEngineering - creating innovative new technologies for interfacing with the brain

  • Brain-Machine Interface

    Kwabena Boahen (bioengineering), E.J. Chichilnisky (neurosurgery and ophthalmology)
    Develops technology to interface with the brain and create intelligent prosthetics.
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  • NeuroFab

    Nick Melosh (materials science) and Craig Garner (psychiatry)
    Creates an incubator for next-generation neural interface platforms.
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NeuroHealth - translating neuroscience discoveries into treatments

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