Research team receives one of 16 Cal-BRAIN seed grants

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UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty are part of a research team that has been selected for a Cal-BRAIN seed grant. 

Their proposal was titled “Nanoscale Neurostransmitter Sensors” and the team’s project goals are to develop “artificial receptors” that recognize neurotransmitters and to employ these in a nanoscale electronic approach for brain neurotransmitter sensing. 

The team lead by Anne Andrews, UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychiatry, includes Paul Weiss, UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry; Andrea Kasko, UCLA Bioengineering; Chi-On Chiu, UCLA Electrical Engineering; and Kevin Plaxco, UC Santa Barbara Chemistry and Biochemistry. All are members of the UCLA-UCSB California NanoSystems Institute.

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Prof. Anne Andrews & Prof. Paul Weiss are part of the team awarded an inaugural Cal-BRAIN seed grant.

Cal-BRAIN, a California research grants program that aims to revolutionize our understanding of the brain, has selected 16 projects to receive inaugural seed grants of $120,000 each. The projects represent efforts around the state to create new technologies capable of measuring brain activity in greater depth, breadth and detail than is currently possible and will be carried out at 10 UC campuses as well as Caltech, Stanford and the University of Southern California.

An initiative led jointly by UC San Diego and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Cal-BRAIN is short for California Blueprint for Research to Advance Innovations in Neuroscience. 

Scientists from all California non-profit research institutions were eligible to apply for Cal-BRAIN grants; 126 interdisciplinary teams submitted their proposals.

For a full list of the funded projects, including principal investigators and abstracts, see the Cal-BRAIN website.

More information on Prof. Andrew’s research can be found here.

Photo from the 2015 ACS Denver meeting.