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Seven Princeton University Researchers Receive NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards

Princeton, NJ, November 21, 2017 — Liz Fuller-Wright reports that  Princeton University projects are among the 121 selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to receive an overall $219 million in funds related to the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

Launched in 2013 by the Obama Administration, the BRAIN Initiative is a large-scale effort to push the boundaries of neuroscience research and equip scientists with insights necessary for treating a wide variety of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. Continue reading

Princeton University Panel Concludes that Mix of Biotech, Data Science Is Promising for Better Health and Business Growth in NJ

Princeton, NJ, November 1, 2017 — Steven Schultz reports for Princeton University’s Office of Engineering Communications that companies and academic institutions of New Jersey have a unique opportunity to solve health care problems and grow new businesses at the intersection of biotechnology and data science, a panel of leaders from industry and academia concluded at a conference convened by Princeton University on Oct. 25.

The event was organized by Princeton University’s Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations with the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“It is a critical time in New Jersey,” said Debbie Hart, president and CEO of BioNJ, an industry group for biotechnology and life sciences companies. “We are at a tipping point where there are a number of things stacked up about to happen that will make a big difference.” Continue reading

Princeton University Scientists Demonstrate Path to Linking the Genome to Healthy Tissues and Disease

Dr. Barbara Engelhardt

Princeton, NJ, October 25, 2017 — Rachel Nuwer reports that our genomes help to determine who we are — the countless variations between individuals that encode the complexity of tissues and functions throughout the body.

Since scientists first decoded a draft of the human genome more than 15 years ago, many questions have lingered, two of which have been addressed in a major new study co-led by a Princeton University computer scientist:

  • Is it possible, despite the complexity of billions of bits of genetic information and their variations between people, to develop a mechanistic model for how healthy bodies function?
  • Furthermore, can this model be used to understand how certain diseases emerge?

On Oct. 11, scientists came the closest yet to delivering an answer of “yes.” Continue reading

Princeton Neuroscience Institute Join with 19 Other Laboratories to Create Virtual Mega-Laboratory; Aims to Probe the Brain’s Deepest Secrets

Princeton, NJ, October 23, 2017Princeton Neuroscience Institute researchers are joining with scientists from 19 other laboratories around the world to create the $15 million International Brain Laboratory (IBL).

Two Princeton neuroscience labs — led by Jonathan Pillow and Ilana Witten — are joining forces with researchers from Europe and the United States to crack the code on how the brain makes choices, by studying the activity and interactions between individual neurons across its different areas.

IBL researchers come from the United States, Great Britain, Portugal, France and Switzerland. Continue reading

Two New Jersey Residents Among 2017 MacArthur Foundation’s ‘Genius Grants’

Newark, NJ, October 18, 2017 — The MacArthur Foundation announced October 11 the 2017 recipients of its fellowship program, a prestigious award that promotes creativity and innovation with $625,000 awards.

Two of the 2017 class of MacArthur’s “genius grants” will go to two New Jersey residents, Jess Mazzola reported in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com.

The foundation describes the awards as “no-strings-attached” funding that goes to “extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential.” Continue reading

Princeton Neuroscience Institute Join with 19 Other Laboratories to Create Virtual Mega-Laboratory; Aims to Probe the Brain’s Deepest Secrets

Princeton, NJ, October 4, 2017Princeton Neuroscience Institute researchers are joining with scientists from 19 other laboratories around the world to create the $15 million International Brain Laboratory (IBL).

Two Princeton neuroscience labs — led by Jonathan Pillow and Ilana Witten — are joining forces with researchers from Europe and the United States to crack the code on how the brain makes choices, by studying the activity and interactions between individual neurons across its different areas.

IBL researchers come from the United States, Great Britain, Portugal, France and Switzerland. Continue reading

U.S. News & World Report Ranks 8 New Jersey Colleges Among Best; Princeton Again No. 1

Newark, NJ, September 15, 2017 — Payton Guion reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that New Jersey has eight colleges ranked among the top schools in the country, according to the 2018 list from U.S. News and World Report, up from seven that made the grade in last year’s rankings.

Rowan University is the newcomer of the N.J. schools that made the list, coming in at 171 after not being ranked last year.

In ranking the top national universities, U.S. News considered 311 institutions. Continue reading

Princeton University Neuroscientists Show How the Brain Breaks Down Events

Princeton, NJ, August 9, 2017 — Research by Princeton University neuroscientists provides a new framework for understanding how the experience of life is accumulated, stored and recalled by the human brain.

“When you go about your day, you’re continuously assaulted with visual, auditory and other sensory information,” said Christopher Baldassano, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI).

“We don’t try to understand our world as the continuous stream that’s coming in, but we break it up into pieces we can understand and remember. The goal of this research was to look for the signatures of this kind of activity.” Continue reading

Five Princeton University Professors Receive Simons Investigators Awards

Princeton, NJ, July 30, 2017 — Five Princeton University professors have been selected to receive 2017 Simons Investigators awards, which are presented by the New York-based Simons Foundation.

The awards honor outstanding scientists nationwide that are engaged in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, theoretical computer science, mathematical modeling of living systems, and Math+X, which encourages novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering.

The awards provide $100,000 annually for an initial five years and can be renewed for an additional five years. Continue reading

Princeton University Ranks No. 1 on Money Magazine’s List of Best Colleges for Your Money

Princeton, NJ, July 16, 2017 — Eric Strauss reports in NJBIZ that Money Magazine is out with its ranking of the Best Colleges for Your Money, listing — appropriately for this week — 711 institutions of higher learning that provide strong value for their cost.

Among the 711 institutions on the new list, 18 from New Jersey made the cut, including three in the Top 50 and the No. 1 school overall.

Coming in at No. 1 was Princeton University, while The College of New Jersey in Ewing came in at No. 24 and Rutgers University-New Brunswick was ranked No. 49. Continue reading