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Dana Foundation supports research on imaging innovations that helps reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells. Scientists, using either conventional brain imaging techniques, newly emerging cellular and molecular imaging technologies, or a combination of both, are supported to undertake pilot tests of novel hypotheses. These data then can be used to compete for larger-scale funding from other sources. Studies tend to focus on how imaging can enhance understanding of normal brain functioning; improve diagnosis; expand understanding of disease or injury processes; and assess treatment effects. Additionally, studies designed to refine existing imaging techniques, or to further develop new techniques to address specific clinical questions, are supported.

The program consists of two tracks. Track A is for conventional imaging (anatomical imaging of white or gray matter and measures of physiological functioning). Track B is for cellular and molecular imaging of biochemical actions of specific brain cells, or their interactions with immune cells in the nervous system.

The program focuses on providing support to faculty researchers early in their career, at the assistant professor level, or early in their associate professor career. Proposals from senior investigators generally will be considered only if they represent a new direction of research.

Because MU is limited to one application for each track of this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, October 26, 2007. Letters of intent should indicate the track for which the project is geared and be limited to a two-page summary of the proposed project and a two-page biosketch of the PI. The project summary should include brief descriptions of 1) the hypothesis and aims of the proposed research project, 2) the significance and potential clinical application(s) of the research, and 3) the research methods.


For Track A, applicants who have not yet been awarded their first independent research grant (R01 from the NIH or equivalent from another Federal agency) or have received only one such grant at the time of applying, are eligible to apply for funding of up to $200,000 payable over three years. Other applicants proposing to undertake research using conventional brain imaging technologies can receive funding totaling up to $100,000 payable over three years.

For Track B, applicants for all cellular and molecular imaging studies can request from $100,000 to $200,000 total, payable over three years.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2007

Sponsor Deadlines:

November 20, 2007

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in relevant life science disciplines. Please forward it to faculty members who may qualify.

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