Program Directors

Program Directors oversee the research activities in one or more parts of the Institute's research funding program, managing a portfolio of grants and contracts and coordinating program efforts in these specifically defined areas of neuroscience research. Please reach out to individual Program Directors for more information about specific opportunities.

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Bioengineering
Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
Brain Cancer
Channels, Synapses, and Circuits
Cognitive Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Epilepsy & Epileptogenesis
Genetic and Developmental Research
Lysosomal Storage Disorders
Movement Disorders
Neurodegeneration
Neuroimmunology/Autoimmune
Neuroprotection
Pain
Pediatric Neurology
Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN-WD)
Regeneration
Rehabilitation
Stem Cells
Stroke
Systems Neuroscience
Translational Research

Bioengineering

  • Jim Gnadt – Sensory systems, neuroendocrine, computational neuroscience, prosthetics
  • Nick Langhals – Neural engineering with emphases in neuroprostheses, neuromodulation, brain-computer interface (BCI) devices, prosthetic control, and neural interface technology development
  • Daofen Chen – Motor systems, neuroprosthetic and robotic applications, rehab engineering

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Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

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Brain Cancer

Jane Fountain

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Channels, Synapses and Circuits

  • Shai Silberberg – Channels, transporters and pumps, channelopathy
  • Randy Stewart – Basic structure and function of channels, structural biology
  • Ned Talley – Synaptic transmission, plasticity, structure, development and regeneration
  • Daniel Miller – Invertebrate NMJ synaptic development, structure and function

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Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Deb Babcock – Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, CNS plasticity
  • Patrick Bellgowan – Cognitive/emotional domains affected by TBI
  • Claudia Moy – Epidemiology and clinical studies in cognition
  • Daofen Chen – Sensorimotor learning and executive functions

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Computational Neuroscience

  • Jim Gnadt – Sensory systems, neuroendocrine systems, thalamo-cortical functions, computational neuroscience, prosthetics control systems

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Epidemiology/Biostatistics

  • Peter Gilbert – Biostatistics and clinical trial design
  • Claudia Moy – Clinical trial design, quality of life and other patient-reported outcome measures

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Epilepsy & Epileptogenesis

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Genetic and Developmental Research

  • Laura Mamounas – signal transduction in development and plasticity, autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X, Rett Syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex
  • Jill Morris – Mid-/hind-brain development/malformations, hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Tourette syndrome
  • Glen Nuckolls – Muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, inherited neuropathies
  • Robert Riddle – Developmental neuroscience, Down Syndrome
  • Tim Lavaute – Neurogenesis and progenitor cell biology in nervous system development and function

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Lysosomal Storage Disorders

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Movement Disorders

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Neurodegeneration

  • Deb Babcock – Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
  • Robin Conwit – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) clinical trials
  • Roderick Corriveau – Alzheimer’s disease (AD), vascular contributions to cognitive impariment and dementia (VICD) including vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) and vascular dementia (VaD), CADASIL, basic research related to neurodegeneration in the areas of protein folding, protein trafficking, cytoskeleton, synapses, and synaptic receptors
  • Amelie Gubitz – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, hereditary spastic paraplegia, Friedreich’s ataxia
  • Daniel Miller – Huntington’s disease, neuromuscular junction, spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Beth-Anne Sieber – Parkinson’s disease (molecular genetics, DBS)
  • Margaret Sutherland – Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia

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Neuroimmunology/Autoimmune

  • Ursula Utz – Multiple Sclerosis, neuroimmunology
  • May Wong – NeuroAIDS, infectious disease, neurovirology

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Neuroprotection

  • Francesca Bosetti – ischemic stroke
  • Jim Koenig – Hemorrhagic stroke, neonatal/pediatric hypoxia/ischemia, global cerebral ischemia

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Pain

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Pediatric Neurology

  • Adam Hartman – Pediatric clinical trials
  • Jim Koenig – cerebral palsy and perinatal stroke
  • Daofen Chen – Clinical studies in cerebral palsy and childhood movement disorders

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Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN-WD)

  • Michelle Jones-London – Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity
  • Edgardo Falcon-Morales – Diversity F31, Research Supplements to Support Diversity and Re-entry in Biomedical Research, SCORE (SC1 and SC2) awards, ENDURE and Diversity R25 awards
  • Lauren Ullrich – Diversity K22, Diversity Faculty K01, D-SPAN F99/K00, Summer R25s

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Regeneration

  • Lyn Jakeman – Rehabilitation and combination therapies, spinal cord injury
  • Nick Langhals – Engineering interfaces and devices
  • Timothy Lavaute – Adult neurogenesis, brain regenerative repair

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Rehabilitation

  • Daofen Chen – Sensorimotor functions, rehabilitation, systems-based technology
  • Lyn Jakeman – Rehabilitation and combination therapies, spinal cord injury
  • Scott Janis – Clinical trials, Stroke Trials Network

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Stem Cells

  • Timothy Lavaute – Stem and progenitor cell biology in nervous system development and function, application/treatment, tissue engineering

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Stroke

  • Francesca Bosetti – Ischemic stroke, neuronal mechanisms, functional recovery, blood brain barrier
  • Scott Janis – Clinical trials and epidemiology, cerebrovascular disease, NINDS Stroke Trials Network and the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network (NETT)
  • Jim Koenig – Hemorrhagic stroke, brain vascular malformations, brain responses to cardiovascular events, sex differences in stroke, aneurysm, pediatric stroke and blood flow
  • Claudia Moy – Clinical trials and epidemiology studies, aneurysm, AVMs
  • Daofen Chen – Clinical studies of sensorimotor learning and interventions in post-stroke and cerebral palsy
  • Roderick Corriveau – Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), including vascular cognitive impairment and vascular dementia

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Systems Neuroscience

  • Jim Gnadt – Sensory systems, neuroendocrine, computational neuroscience, prosthetics
  • Janet He – Sleep, circadian rhythms, feeding and body weight, sleep in neurological disorders, neurobiology of obesity and sleep disordered breathing
  • Daofen Chen – Motor systems, basic and clinical studies of cortical and subcortical systems neurophysiology

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Translational Research

  • Stephanie Fertig – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises: Therapeutic Devices Small Business Programs (SBIR/STTR), Translational Devices
  • Mohamed Hachicha – Blueprint Neurotherapeutic Network (BPN), preclinical neurotherapeutic small molecule development
  • John Kehne – Epilepsy Therapy Screening Program (ETSP), preclinical pharmacology, animal models. preclinical neurotherapeutic development
  • Brian Klein – Epilepsy Therapy Screening Program (ETSP), preclinical pharmacology, animal models. preclinical neurotherapeutic development
  • Pascal Laeng – Blueprint Neurotherapeutic Network (BPN), preclinical neurotherapeutic small molecule development, high throughput screening
  • Linda McGavern – Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises (CREATE), preclinical neurotherapeutic biologics development
  • Mary Ann Pelleymounter – Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE), Blueprint Neurotherapeutic Network (BPN), preclinical pharmacology, animal models, systems biology, pharmacodynamic markers, preclinical neurotherapeutic development
  • Shamsi Raeissi – Epilepsy Therapy Screening Program (ETSP), preclinical pharmacology, animal models. preclinical neurotherapeutic development
  • David Jett – NIH Counterterrorism (CounterACT) program, neurotoxicology
  • David Yeung – NIH Counterterrorism (CounterACT) R21 and U01 translational research grants
  • Chris Boshoff – Cooperative Research to enable and Advance Translational Enterprises (CREATE), preclinical neurotherapeutic biologics development

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