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Indian neuroscientist Partha Mitra awarded research grant to map the human brain

Aug 20, 2014 13:04 IST

Partha Mitra, an Indian neuroscientist in the United States, was awarded Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) to map the human brain on 19 August 2014 under President Barack Obama’s multi-year BRAIN Initiative. Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) is an Initiative by the US government to identify brain structures.

Partha Mitra was awarded this grant along with Florin Albeanu, a researcher at the National Science Foundation. With this grant, they would develop a virtual neuroanatomist, an artificial-intelligence system that can recognize neural structures and cell types in tiny images of brain slices. They would also be developing conceptual and physical tools that may help to promote neuroscience.

Partha Mitra
• Partha Mitra is the Crick-Clay professor of biomathematics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.
• He authored a book Observed Brain Dynamics from Oxford University Press.
• Partha Mitra is the founder of the Mouse Brain Architecture Project, which focuses on brain-wide connectivity map of the mouse brain.
• Dr. Mitra would be working to develop an integrative picture of brain function by integrate theory and experimental work

Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)
EAGER is an initiative by National Science Foundation (NSF) to support experimental works in the early stages. The works which are considered high risk-high payoff and involve different approaches or engages novel disciplinary are placed under EAGER.

This prestigious grant provides 300000 US dollars for two years to Fund short-term projects with the aim to get high payoffs. EAGER grant can be a good stepping stone for young researchers who are looking forward to establish themselves as scientists.

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