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Message From Directors

The Brain Science Institute (BSi) was founded in 2007 to solve fundamental questions about brain development and function and to translate these findings into practices, therapies, pharmaceutical solutions and policies.

In our early years we sought to expand the collaborative breath of Johns Hopkins basic and clinical neuroscience largely by building a foundation of new tools that could be widely used (e.g. behavioral monitoring cores, neuroepigenetic cores, imaging cores) across disciplines to advance understanding of CNS biology and pathophysiology.  This culminated in a series of grants, across the University, focused on broad ranging areas of Hopkins clinical and basic neuroscience such as nerve regeneration, schizophrenia, learning and education, neuroesthetics, cognition and plasticity. 

The results of our BSi investments in our faculty have been fantastic: 

  • For every dollar we invested to fund novel research, there has been more than a two fold return of investment in follow-up grants you successfully garnered;
  • More than 90 publications, many in the highest profile neuroscience/science journals, resulted from these investments. In all cases, the BSi-funded and published research lead to foundational discoveries in basic neuroscience as well as approaches to patient-oriented problems/diagnoses. 

We will continue to focus on basic-to-clinical neuroscience and translational neuroscience initiatives. New initiatives will target novel approaches to traumatic brain injury and autism and new directions for BSi are now emerging as well.

Yours Truly,

Jeff Rothsein
Jeffrey D. Rothstein, M.D., Ph.D.
The John W. Griffin M.D. Director for the
Brain Science Institute
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Director for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research
Richard L. Huganir, Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Brain Science Institute
Professor and Director, Department of Neuroscience
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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