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Funding News - Links Between the Immune System, Brain Function, and Behavior

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NINDS enourages applications for research on functional links between the immune system, brain function, and behavior.  This announcement is made together with 7 other NIH components and is supported by 2 funding mechanisms:  R01 and R21.

Despite the brain's status as an immune-privileged site, an extensive bi-directional communication takes place between the nervous and immune systems in both health and disease. Immune cells and neuroimmune molecules such as cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors modulate brain function through multiple signaling pathways throughout the lifespan.  The purpose of this announcement is to help bridge the gap in understanding how immune cells and their mediators affect brain development, function, and behavior related to cognition and mood.

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Ursula Utz, Program Director, Neural Environment Cluster, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-1431; email:  For a more detailed description of this program announcement, visit or