Iowa Neuroscience Institute Awards Accelerator Grants

Iowa Neuroscience Institute Awards Accelerator Grants

In support of its goal to build high-impact neuroscience research, the Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI) has awarded its first Accelerator Grants. The four funded proposals represent a mix of foundational, translational, and clinical research. They focus on neuroscience topics that are new or that add value to existing research by branching out in a new direction.

“The INI Accelerator Grants represent an opportunity to identify creative research focused on important questions in neuroscience,” says Ted Abel, INI director. “This type of innovation aligns with the creative atmosphere at the University of Iowa and the research programs we are building in the INI.”

The following projects, selected from among 45 applications, each received $75,000 for one year.

  • Aaron Boes (Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry): “Predicting stroke outcomes from lesion location”
  • Ryan Boudreau (Internal Medicine): “Novel microproteins in Parkinson’s disease”
  • Laura Ponto (Radiology): “Comparison of cerebral blood flow measured by arterial spin labeling MRI and quantitative [15O]Water PET”
  • Joshua Weiner (Biology and Psychiatry): “Elucidating novel molecular mechanisms of neuronal and glial differentiation: roles of the essential nuclear protein Akirin2”

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