2016-17 Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) Research Incubator Awards Announced


Eight interdisciplinary research teams at Duke have been selected to receive the 2016-2017 Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) Research Incubator Awards (five new awards and three continuation awards).

The DIBS Research Incubator Awards program is designed to encourage innovative approaches to problems of brain function that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines. The award provides seed funding for collaborative research projects that will lead to a better understanding of brain function and translate into innovative solutions for health and society.

2016-2017 New Awards

Repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) modulation of insula-based functional connectivity

  • Investigators: Merideth Addicott (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences), Greg Appelbaum (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences), Timothy Strauman (Psychology & Neuroscience), Bruce Luber (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)

Bioelectronic Medicine and Cholinergic Regulation of Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction

  • Investigators: Niccolò Terrando (Anesthesiology), Warren Grill (Biomedical Engineering), Christina Williams (Psychology & Neuroscience), Chay Kuo (Cell Biology), Miles Berger (Anesthesiology)

Neurogenesis and Behavioral Recovery in Animal Models of Huntington’s Disease

  • Investigators: Richard Mooney (Neurobiology), Cagla Eroglu (Cell Biology), Debra Silver (Molecular Genetics & Microbiology)

The nature of disgust: An interdisciplinary inquiry

  • Investigators: Kevin LaBar (Psychology & Neuroscience), Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Philosophy), Nancy Zucker (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)

Building a Fiber-Integrated Microscope System for Two-Color Optogenetic Probing of Ensemble Activity in Freely Behaving Animal

  • Investigators: Yiyang Gong (Biomedical Engineering), Fan Wang (Neurobiology)

2016-2017 Continuation Awards

Optimized Temporal Patterns of Spinal Cord Stimulation to Treat Chronic Pain

  • Investigators: Warren Grill (Biomedical Engineering), Ru-Rong Ji (Anesthesiology), Nandan Lad (Surgery)

The Power of Imagination

  • Investigators: Felipe De Brigard (Philosophy), Kevin LaBar (Psychology & Neuroscience), M. Zachary Rosenthal (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)

Pediatric neurotrauma

  • Investigators: Cameron R. ‘Dale’ Bass (Biomedical Engineering), Mohamed Abou-Donia (Pharmacology & Cancer Biology), Carolyn Pizoli (Pediatrics), Carrie Muh (Surgery), Bruce Capehart (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences), Mustafa Bashir (Radiology)

Originally published on the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences website