Transformations in Translational Neuroscience

2017 Rutgers BHI, RU-Newark, NJIT Pilot Grants Program in Neuroscience

We are pleased to announce the 2017 pilot grants program in neuroscience at Rutgers University. There are two main objectives of these pilot awards program: (i) to foster new collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences not only across Rutgers but also NJIT, Kessler Foundation Research Center, East Orange VA Medical Center, and (ii) support pilot experiments that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency (e.g., NIH). There are two categories of pilot grants available; each award is limited to $40,000 direct costs and no indirect costs or overhead are allowed. For both type of pilots, collaborative multidisciplinary efforts are encouraged. The deadline for these applications is 5 PM, Friday, October 6th, 2017. Submit a SINGLE PDF file to More information is available HERE.

FY17 DOD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program and Vision Research Program

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program: Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award, Investigator-Initiated Research Award.

Vision Research Program: Clinical Trial Award, Technology/Therapeutic  Development Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (


Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse (R01). The goals of the research areas described in this Neuroscience of Drug Abuse FOA are to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying drug abuse and addiction, with special emphasis on changes that occur during chronic drug use, withdrawal and relapse. PA-17-111


NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01). RFA-MH-18-200.  The NIMH BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project.

NIH: Confirmatory Efficacy Clinical Trials of Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Mental Disorders RFA (R01)

RFA-MH-17-614. The purpose of this FOA is to support confirmatory efficacy testing of non-pharmacological therapeutic and preventive interventions for mental disorders in adults and children through an experimental therapeutics approach. Interventions to be studied include, but are not limited to behavioral, cognitive, interpersonal, and device-based (both invasive/surgically implanted as well as noninvasive/transcranial) approaches, or a combination thereof.

NIH: Pre to Post-doc F99/K00 transition award

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). RFA-NS-17-009 .

BHI Faculty Candidate Seminars- Motivational & Affective Neuroscience

"Dynamics of sensorimotor neural circuits during behavioral states". Manuel Castro-Alamancos, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Drexel University School of Medicine, PA.

First Seminar: Thurs, Sep 7th, 2017: 12 Noon, School of Public Health, Room 3B (3rd floor), 683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway.

Second Seminar: Fri, Sep 8th, 2017: 12 Noon, NJMS, MSB, H609b, 185 S. Orange Ave, Newark.

CBNP Seminar series at NJMS

Monday, Sept 11, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM, Room B610, Medical Science Bldg., 185 S. Orange Ave., Newark, NJ. "Cellular and network mechanisms adapting visual processing to behavior".  Pierre-Olivier Polack, PhD, CMBN, Rutgers-Newark.

BME/BHI Faculty Candidate Seminar

Thursday, Sept 14, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM, BME Auditorium, Busch Campus, 599 Taylor Road. Piscataway, NJ. "Microbubble pumps: Ultrasound theragnostic agents to treat cardiovascular disease".  Christy K. Holland, PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease and Biomedical Engineering Program, Scientific Director, Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute.

BHI Faculty Candidate Seminars- Director of Addiction Research Center

"From efficacy to effectiveness of reinforcement interventions: Application to the opioid crisis". Nancy M. Petry, PhD, Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry, Director, REWARD Center, Director, Behavioral Cardiovascular Prevention, Calhoun Cardiology Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, CT.

Abstract: Reinforcement interventions are grounded in basic behavioral and behavioral economic research. If a behavior is reinforced, it will increase in frequency. Reinforcement interventions have been widely studied in treating substance use disorders, and they are now being implemented clinically to improve outcomes of patients with substance use disorder throughout the country. This talk will review the background and efficacy of reinforcement interventions for treating substance use disorders as well as their application to other health behaviors. It will also address how this approach can be applied to reduce some of the adverse consequences associated with the opioid crisis.

First Seminar: Thurs, Sep 28th, 2017: 10 AM, School of Public Health, Room 3B (3rd floor), 683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway.

Second Seminar: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017: 12 Noon, NJMS, MSB, H609b, 185 S. Orange Ave, Newark.

The Third Annual BHI Symposium

Registration is OPEN for the Third Annual BHI Symposium!! Register here and submit poster abstracts by October 27th, 2017. The Third Annual Rutgers BHI Symposium will be held on Friday, December 1st, 2017. Keynote speaker- Regina M. Carelli, Ph.D., Stephen B. Baxter Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Carelli is a Rutgers alum who obtained her BA, MS & PhD from the Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Psychology department. Her research examines how the brain processes information about rewards, and how that information is used to guide goal-directed actions.

The 2017-2018 BHI Plenary seminar series

New!! The schedule for the 2017-2018 BHI Plenary Seminar Series is available now. Check out the prominent neuroscientists BHI will be hosting this year.

BHI Plenary Seminar

Monday, Sept 28, 2017, 12 PM - 1 PM, Proteomics Bldg., Room 120, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ. "Biochemical computation in single dendritic spines".  Ryohei Yasuda, PhD, Scientific Director, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Jupiter, Florida.

Live webcast to Room H609, MSB, New Jersey Medical School; Aidekman Room 202, CMBN, Newark; VA-East Orange; Kessler, West Orange;  Rutgers-Camden.

Rutgers-Princeton Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry meeting

Bi-weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 10-11 AM. Meeting schedule available here

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