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Paras Gupta, a former BRAIN REU undergraduate student, got accepted into Texas A&M’s Engineering Medicine Program (EnMed). EnMed is a unique and newer medical school in Houston, integrating Engineering Design principles into the typical medical school curriculum. He will be graduating with both a Medical Doctorate (MD) and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Biomedical […]

Dr. Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Director of NSF IUCRC BRAIN Phase 2 and Laboratory for Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems at the University of Houston will, be speaking on May 12th, 2022, at Rice University Neuroengineering Conference: Restoring and Extending the Human Brain, Houston, TX. The conference is designed to bring together researchers, engineers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs. […]

University of Houston BRAIN Faculty Member Dr. Saurabh Prasad has received a grant of $561 thousand from NASA for a project called “Knowledge Transfer for Robust GeoAI Across Space, Sensors and Time via Active Deep Learning”. The project, in collaboration with Purdue, will advance the frontier of deep active learning and knowledge transfer to facilitate […]

On April 23, 2022, a group of about thirty students ranging from middle and high school participated in ASME sponsored, Introduction to Cougar Engineering event. The event included a 30-minute tour of the IUCRC BRAIN site at the University of Houston. The lab host, Alexander Steele, with the assistance of Michelle Patrick-Krueger, provided insight into […]

Steele knew that his unique life experience and perspective could help when it came to innovating the technology. n August 2018, Steele joined Contreras-Vidal’s lab as a National Science Foundation Veteran Research Fellow. The following year, he was chosen as a University of Houston and Houston Methodist Research Institute Graduate Fellow In Translational Research. As […]

World Premiere of LiveWire, and innovative collaboration between scientists, musicians and dancers.
Presentations January 21, 2022 and Januarry 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM CST

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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.

Facilities, Equipment And Software