Alumnus to head a major Obama initiative

Alumnus to head a major Obama initiative


Cornelia (Cori) Bargmann (BS ’81) was selected to co-lead a major Obama administration initiative to refine and invent technologies to better understand the human brain, a project researchers hope will lead to better treatment of Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. The Brain Activity Map is a joint effort of the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation. The president has allocated $100 million for the project in its first year. Earlier this year Bargmann, the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor at Rockefeller University and head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior, was one of 11 inaugural winners of a $3 million award from the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, established by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook; Sergey Brin, who co-founded Google; and Yuri Milner, a venture capitalist, to recognize excellence in life sciences.