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2012 Progress Report

Over the last four years, the Brain Science Institute (BSi) has worked hard to build a program that we believe is poised to make significant advances in brain health through a unique combination of basic research, translation and practical application in a wide range of brain science related disciplines. 

Brain Science Institute scientists and clinicians strive to understand how the brain works. From investigating the basic molecular mechanisms that underlie brain function to examining how disease alters brain health, these discoveries will help develop drugs and therapies that slow down, stop or reverse brain disease. Our goal is to design technologies that can better detect brain and spinal cord disease, optimize therapy and better identify patients-at-risk.

Great discoveries derive from great opportunities. To further the collaboration between our scientist and clinicians, the BSi has partnered across Johns Hopkins and beyond the university. Through collaborations with the Schools of Public Health, Education, Medicine, Engineering, Arts and Sciences and others, the BSi has developed interdisciplinary initiatives to address complex issues from brain-based disease to the science of learning; from stress and the brain to arts and healing; from traumatic brain injury to pain interventions.

The BSi has also developed two signature programs that provide an essential framework – marrying basic science, translation and practice. The NeuroTranslational Program – a novel union of experienced pharmaceutical scientist with the cohort of world renowned basic and clinical neuroscientists, engineers and clinicians to form an alliance towards the development of new neurological and psychiatric therapeutics. The center for Synapses, Circuits and Cognitive Disorders (SCCD) is a bold step toward creating a framework to understand the basic science of cognitive disorders. SCCD brings together researchers from molecular biology to systems and cognitive neuroscience.

We hope you enjoy reading more about how the Brain Science institute works and what our faculty have accomplished in our latest progress report.

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