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Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience cluster supports research focused on higher brain functions that underlie complex behavioral phenomena such as learning, memory, attention, language, cognition, sensation/perception, movement, the wakefulness-sleep cycle, and pain. These phenomena depend on the integrated functioning of neural circuits and systems. Funded research involves human or animal subjects or computer models of neural circuits.  Research methods include non-invasive imaging of brain structure and function (e.g., EEG, MEG, PET, MRI) and advanced methods for recording neural structure and function associated with specific cognitive and behavioral processes in vivo and in vitro.

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Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Funding Initiatives


Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Program Staff

Scientific StaffResearch Area
Debra Babcock, MD., Ph.D.
Program Director
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Daofen Chen, Ph.D.
Program Director
Sensorimotor neuroscience, neurorehabilitation, and neurotechnologies
James Gnadt, Ph.D.
Program Director
Sensory systems neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, computational studies of neural circuits
Janet He, Ph.D.
Program Director
Sleep Disorders Research and Circadian Rhythms
Linda Porter, Ph.D.
Program Director
Coordination and support of trans-NIH pain research and activities through the NIH Pain Consortium and trans-agency pain research through the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee
Michael Oshinsky, Ph.D.
Program Director
Central and peripheral mechanisms of neural pain processing, headache and trigeminal pain.
Preeti Hans
Program Analyst
Evaluation and resolution of human subjects protection issues, Cognitive neuroscience policy implementation through business development processes/procedures
Karen David, Ph.D.
Program Analyst
Biospecimen Repository Acquisition Committee (BRAC) for the Parkinson’s Disease Biomarkers Project, NIH BRAIN initiative.
Marie Gill, B.S.
Health Program Specialist
Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS), Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), evaluation of inclusion of women and minorities in human subjects research


Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster
Neuroscience Center
6001 Executive Blvd. Bethesda,
Maryland 20892-9523
For courier service only, use Rockville, Maryland 20852
Phone (301) 496-9964
Fax (301) 402-2060