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

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for research on the functional links between the immune system, brain function, and behavior. This announcement is made together with 6 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Despite the brain's status as an immune privileged site, an extensive bi-directional communication takes place between the nervous and the immune system in both health and disease. Immune cells and neuroimmune molecules modulate brain function through multiple signaling pathways throughout the lifespan. However, details regarding the extent, routes, or mechanisms whereby immune signaling affects the brain in either normal conditions or during immune challenge and inflammation are largely unexplored. The purpose of this announcement is to identify research opportunities that may help to bridge the gap in understanding how immune cells and their mediators affect brain development, function, and behaviors related to cognition and mood.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Ursula Utz, Program Director, Neural Environment Cluster, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-1431; e-mail: For a more detailed description of this announcement, visit