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Recent News

The Big Data Brain Initiative (BDBI) team at Iowa State University met twice this semester on the November 12th, 2019 and December 10th, 2019 at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Durham Center respectively. Among other things, the meeting was focused on:

ISU biomedical scientists are examining how exposure to the metals manganese and vanadium may contribute to Parkinson’s disease. The research was supported recently by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity.

The Big Data Brain Initiative Seed Funding RFA is open. Seed grants and competitive proposal development up to $20,000 will be considered. Please review this document and follow the solicitation directions carefully. Proposals are due to bdbi@iastate.edu by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.


The Iowa State University Brain Initiative is a team of faculty and staff dedicated to the acceleration of state-of-the-art brain research. The initiative is a multidisciplinary effort between the College of Engineering, the College of Human Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Design at ISU.

The team focuses on three research thrusts: Developing technology to treat and diagnose brain disorders, advancing neuroscience, and promoting awareness of neuroscience research. Team members have received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Defense.