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The BRAIN Center

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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 two prospective national sites, Georgia Tech, and University of Maryland Baltimore County, 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.

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The BRAIN Center forms a multi-site team to research robotic stroke therapy

Researchers from Arizona State University, the University of Houston, Barrow Neurological Institute [BNI], Phoenix, AZ, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Fourier Intelligence and Harmonic Bionics will investigate whether robotic therapies for stroke patients will provide greater benefits than conventional therapies.

The NSF Awards ZelosDx $255,000 For the Development of WINDOW INTO THE BRAIN Biomarker Technology

TUCSON, AZ, July 27, 2021 – ZelosDx, Inc. announced today that the company is the recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase l Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a grant entitled, “ Phagocytic Cells in Peripheral Blood as a Novel Diagnostic Tool for Brain Health”.

Contreras-Vidal Named To NIH Advisory Board On Medical Rehabilitation Research

Jose “Pepe” Luis Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor and the Director of the NSF IUCRC BRAIN Center, has been asked to serve on the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research (NABMRR) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

REU Summer Program Outcomes

During 10 weeks of the summer 2021, our REU program has welcomed a total of 25 students and 2 guest High School (HS) students.

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