Schmitt Program on Integrative Brain Research

Schmitt Program on Integrative Brain Research

The Schmitt Program on Integrative Brain Research (SPIBR) is a campus-wide initiative to promote our understanding of the nervous system and its disorders. The Program emphasizes interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to novel and creative research and training that uniquely exploit talents from multiple laboratories across traditional institutional boundaries.

Despite the generally acknowledged need and interest in ground-breaking approaches to biomedical research, recognition and funding through traditional support structures such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are difficult since these projects are inherently new and untested. The SPIBR targets such high-risk but potentially high-impact initiatives in order to generate exciting preliminary research that will catalyze future support by the NIH and other major sources. The wisdom of this Program’s mission is apparent in the extraordinary grant acquisition rate witnessed by its supported investigators over the years.

The SPIBR accomplishes its goals through the support of new research projects, training fellowships, visiting scientists, and symposia that fall within three areas:

  • Learning, Plasticity, and Memory
  • The Senses and Behavior
  • The Neurobiology of Aging and Disease

The Program is broadly interested in neuroscience at all levels, from cognitive and systems to cellular and molecular approaches.

The Program is sponsored by the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, and the Center for Neural Development and Disease, and is supported by the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation. A Program Committee comprised of Drs. Gary Paige (Program Director), William O'Neill (Grant Review Chair), Harris Gelbard, and Greg DeAngelis governs the selection process for the support mechanisms described above. The Program is administered through the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy.