Neuroscience Research Priority Area

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 The Neuroscience Research Priority Area (NRPA) supports a "collaborative matrix," bringing together diverse groups of investigators, trainees, and research groups from more than 8 colleges at the University of Kentucky. The NRPA builds upon and leverages existing strengths and relationships and provides infrastructure and support to both promote research collaborations and to raise internal and external recognition of the depth of neuroscience-related research at the university with the goals of growing extramural support for our programs, increasing academic productivity, enhancing recruitment of faculty and trainees, and providing new knowledge to address the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond. The NRPA is a critical component of the overall strategy for the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI).

New NRPA Initiatives

Neuroscience Research Priority Area Pilot Grants

Pilot Grants

The NRPA is now accepting Pilot Grant applications aimed at supporting investigators in developing the preliminary data necessary for applications for extramural funding.

Application Deadline is May 15, 2020

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Conference Support

Departments, colleges, and faculty are invited to submit requests for UK-based conference and event support. Requests will be considered based on their relationship to neuroscience and the potential for engaging NRPA investigators across departments and colleges at UK.

Application Deadline is May 15, 2020


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Awards of up to $6,000 are available for faculty or post-doctoral trainees to pursue instruction, courses or training at outside laboratories, institutions or other settings with a goal of learning techniques or procedures not currently available at UK.

Application Deadline is May 1, 2020.

In a time of crisis and sweeping changes to our daily structure, neuroscientists at UK have stepped up to continue meaningful education and research discussion. Drs. Adam Bachstetter, Josh Morganti, and David Loane (Dublin, Maryland) have set up an online seminar series on traumatic brain injury, Drs. Lance Johnson and Rik Van der Kant (Netherlands), have set up an Alzheimer's seminar series, and Dr. Warren Alilain has established a seminar series on Spinal Cord Injury. The schedules involve high-caliber researchers from all over, providing an expansive opportunity for learning and engagement. Both rosters are impressive in normal circumstances, add in the speed with which they adapted and developed these series and you begin to understand how special research at UK is.



BGSFN Neuroscience Day

SfN Neuroscience Day is on April 17th on the University of Louisville's medical campus. The deadline for abstract submissions is Sunday, March 29th. 

Neuroscience Day

Job Opportunity

The Center for Health Equity Transformation is accepting applications for a graduate research assistant. Apply to by March 10.


Neuroscience News

See news on Neuroscience-based research at UK.