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Kavli Foundation

The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work. The Foundation's mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes, professorships, and symposia in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics, as well as prizes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale University is one of seven Kavli neuroscience institutes worldwide dedicated to fundamental research about the brain.

The BRAIN Initiative

Launched by President Obama in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative (BRAIN Initiative) is a broad, collaborative research initiative to advance the science and technologies needed to unlock the mysteries of the human brain. It's goal is to accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. The Kavli Foundation and its partners were instrumental in the development of the BRAIN Initiative and has committed more than $40 million to support it.

Two Yale researchers win 2014 BRAIN Initiative grants

Yale researchers Dr. Nenad Sestan, professor of neurobiology and psychiatry, and Vincent Pieribone, professor of cellular and molecular physiology and neurobiology, are winners of the 2014 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) BRAIN Initiative grant.

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Yale professors awarded White House BRAIN Initiative grant

Two Yale School of Medicine professors have received a federal grant supported by President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. In 2014, the White House announced over $300 million in new investments to support public and private efforts that would “revolutionize” understanding of the brain and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and autism, among others. R. Todd Constable, professor of diagnostic radiology, and Michael C. Crair, professor of neurobiology, will use the nearly $5 million National Institutes of Health award over three years to develop experimental and analytic methods for examining neuronal activity across scales, from the single cell to the whole brain.

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