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BSi Releases Progress Report – November 2009

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The BSi releases its first Progress Report that shares its vision, history and accomplishments over the last two-plus years.  “There are several important themes we wanted to highlight in this report,” says Jack Griffin, Director of the BSi.
To date, the BSi has focused on five research areas including Neurogenetics, New Approaches to Perception and Cognition, Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System, Research in Schizophrenia and the NeuroTranslational Program. 
Through interdisciplinary and university-wide collaborations, the BSi awards seek to solve complex brain-based problems.  “Our investments in highly talented and creative Hopkins researchers, through a unique working group process, have already resulted in innovative and interesting projects that are producing early results,” says Rick Huganir, Co-Director of the BSi and Director of the Department of Neuroscience.
Featured in the Report are several BSi projects that illustrate unique approaches and diverse thinking that is leading to discovery and application of new knowledge about the brain.   These projects offer insight in to the range and scope of the BSi funding.
The NeuroTranslational and Industry Partners Programs are also outlined.  Jeff Rothstein, Co-Director of the BSi  says, “This work is critical to accelerating the pace of bringing new therapies and pharmaceuticals to patients for a wide range of diseases.  It could be a new model for the future of drug development.”
The success of the BSi requires clear and consistent communications within and outside Hopkins.  The Progress Report shares some of the ways we are establishing these important outreach channels.  In 2010 the BSi will host several high profile meetings including an inaugural symposium and a conference called the Science of the Arts.
“Over the next several years our research targets will continue to support the five core research areas as well as expand to include Synapses, Cognition and Cognitive Disorders," says Janice Clements, Vice Dean of Faculty, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
“Perhaps most importantly, the BSi Progress Report shares our goals and future direction.  We are committed to continuing to build strong aliances and promote collaborations with the goal of understanding brain function and neurological diseases, and to finding treatments and cures.  We are also interested in how this knowledge can translate to other fields and disciplines," says Jack Griffin.
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