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Profs. Jose Contreras-Vidal and Stuart Long from the Cullen College of Engineering have been awarded a $402K award from the National Science Foundation to continue their highly successful REU Site themed “Neurotechnologies to Help the Body Move, Heal and Feel Again.” This STEAM training grant will provide opportunities for a diverse group of undergraduate and […]

Faculty, students, industry and federal agency representatives from the University of Houston, Arizona State University, Georgia Tech, West Virginia University, Tec de Monterrrey (Mexico) and Miguel Hernandez de Elche (Spain) met on August-4-5, 2022 at the University of Houston to kick-start our Phase 2 (2022-2027) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Building Reliable Advances and Innovations […]

The 5-years $768,000 NIH training award on “Neuromotor Skill Advancement for Post-baccalaureates (NSAP)” will provide didactic, hands-on activities focusing on the development of highly sought-after technical neuromotor skills to study and treat the brain. This is an initiative of the BRAIN Center and a collaboration between the Cullen College of Engineering and the College of […]

Name of the Article Distinct Kinematic and Neuromuscular Activation Strategies in Response to Postural Perturbations in Healthy Individuals Fitted With and Without a Lower-limb Exoskeleton List of authors Charles S. Layne1, 2*, Christopher A. Malaya2 , Akshay S. Ravindran3 , Isaac John2 , Gerard E. Francisco4 , Jose L. Contreras-Vidal3 Affiliations 1 University of Houston, […]

Arizona State University, an IUCRC BRAIN Site, has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. Hispanic-Serving Institutions are defined as institutions that enroll a minimum of 25% full-time undergraduate Latinx students. ASU began exceeding this threshold with its immersion (on-campus) undergraduate population in the fall of 2019 and has continued to […]

University of Houston creative writing professor and award-winning author Cristina Rivera Garza is one of only 10 recipients of the Berlin Prize for spring 2023. The semester-long fellowship is awarded annually to top-tier scholars, writers, composers and artists who are from or live in the United States. “This is such a prestigious award, one that […]

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The BRAIN Center


The Building Reliable Advances and Innovations in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center is an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center that began with Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of Houston (UH). This partnership has grown by adding two international sites, Miguel Hernandez University in Spain, Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, and three prospective national sites, Georgia Tech,  University of Maryland Baltimore County, and West Virginia University allowing rigorous testing of efficacy, safety and long-term reliability of neurotechnology that would not be otherwise possible within the traditional ‘silos’ of academic, industry, regulatory and clinical communities.

The BRAIN Center will develop safe, effective and affordable personalized neurotechnologies for diagnostics, restoration, enhancement, and rehabilitation of sensory, motor, affective and cognitive functions. This mission will be pursued by supporting innovative interdisciplinary research across the multiple dimensions of brain function and behavior with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life.


Workforce Development

In addition to its research initiatives, BRAIN will also focus on workforce development through training and education of (a) technical and scientific visionaries who will lead industry driven neurotechnology initiatives, (b) R&D managers who can execute the technical vision, (c) engineers who can analyze, design, and maintain neurotechnologies and understand their broader environmental and social impacts, and (d) future educators in neurotechnology innovation. BRAIN Site Directors will closely interact with the Academic Advisory Board (AAB) to develop an Entrepreneurship Program across institutions that will target from pre-college students to postdoctoral fellows and Center’s faculty.

The summary of Center Facilities provides a comprehensive listing of the facilities that support the BRAIN Center research mission and broader impacts agenda.

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