AAU Universities: Researching the Brain, Seeking Cures
The brain is perhaps humankind’s greatest mystery. How do those 100 billion neurons in our heads work together to make us live, think, and act as we do? Yet even as we marvel at the human brain, we also know the terrible toll on individuals and society of ailments like Alzheimer’s, autism, addiction, and traumatic injury.
“We’ve only just scratched the surface in understanding how [the brain] works – or, unfortunately, doesn’t quite work when disorders and disease occur,” said National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins when the Obama Administration announced its BRAIN Initiative.
Understanding and addressing ailments that affect the brain requires many approaches, and AAU universities are helping lead the way. Their faculty and student researchers are studying the myriad aspects of the brain and seeking treatments and cures for debilitating diseases and conditions. This page highlights just a small fraction of the research taking place.
Much of the research is funded by such federal agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
This is the third in a series on AAU university research that addresses major societal issues. The first two topics were Helping Solve the Fresh Water Puzzle and Helping Safeguard the Connected World.
Addiction - Alzheimers - Autism - Brain Injury - Brain Tumors - Depression & Schizophrenia - Parkinson's & Epilepsy - Research Tools