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NSF award to five Georgia universities for new Science and Technology Center

ATLANTA -- A consortium of more than 60 neuroscientists at Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Atlanta University Center has been approved to become one of five new Science and Technology Centers (STC) nationwide by the National Science Foundation. The NSF award will establish a Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and is the only STC award given for study in the life sciences. Negotiations between NSF and the consortium on the five-year, cooperative agreement will determine the final award amount, expected to be in the 15 - 20 million-dollar range.

The new behavioral neuroscience center, led by scientists from Emory and Georgia State, will attempt to discover how brain mechanisms regulate complex social behaviors and emotions, and conversely, how social experience may sculpt the developing brain. Scientists will study behaviors such as fear, affiliation, aggression and reproductive behaviors at the molecular, cellular and systems levels in diverse species and at different stages of development. This is the first interdisciplinary effort of this magnitude addressing these fundamental questions, and will involve the application and development of powerful new technologies.

"The award is an honor and an exciting challenge for Atlanta," says Emory's Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the new center. "It is an initiative unlike any other, coming at a particularly opportune time. Recent developments linking biology with behavior make this a crucial time for enormous advances in neuroscience. This award will enable us to transmit the excitement of these discoveries to a new generation of investigators."

The Science and Technology Center program is an initiative to explore frontiers of science while also creating educational opportunities. It is designed to increase minority participation in science, encourage technology transfer, provide innovative approaches to interdisciplinary research challenges, and develop partne
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Contact: Kate Egan
kegan@rmy.emory.edu
404-727-7709
Emory University Health Sciences Center
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