Related Centers and Research Initiatives

Alzheimer’s Disease Center
The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center was established in 1996 and is one of 31 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers funded by the National Institute on Aging. It’s goal is to help reduce the human and economic costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of knowledge. The three primary missions of the center are: 1) to conduct and facilitate cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research; 2) to enhance clinical care for Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families; and 3) to provide education regarding Alzheimer’s disease to both professional and lay audiences in the greater Boston area and beyond. Research themes include genetic and environmental risk factors and risk assessment for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, neuropathological diagnosis and clinicopathological studies, translational methods and advanced technologies, and NIH- and industry-sponsored clinical trials focused on the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Center for Information & Systems Engineering
At Boston University’s Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE), 40 affiliated faculty members and more than 100 graduate students from across BU—primarily from the College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, and Questrom School of Business—are taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study and design of such intelligent systems. Collectively, their work promises to improve the quality of our lives considerably. CISE researchers shape and apply ideas from information science and systems engineering, making an impact on a number of application areas. Learn more about our solutions in Automation, Robotics & Control, Computational Biology & Medicine, Cyber-Physical Systems, Data Analytics, Energy Systems, Information Sciences, and Networks.

Center for Memory & Brain
The Boston University Center for Memory & Brain (CMB) was established as a center of excellence in research, training, and teaching in the cognitive neuroscience of memory. The CMB is composed of faculty within the departments of psychology, biology, mathematics, and biomedical engineering. The small core group of neuroscientists that compose the CMB complement each other in technical abilities and share the specific interest of characterizing brain mechanisms of memory. The CMB is unique in its close working relations among faculty who display a continuity of expertise across the levels of analysis of memory. They pursue complementary and collaborative studies aimed at describing the “circuit diagram” for memory in the human brain, and they teach at all levels and train neuroscientists in this field. The director of CMB is the internationally recognized leader in the field of learning and memory, Dr. Howard Eichenbaum.

Center for Research in Sensory Communication & Emerging Neural Technology
The Boston University Center for Research in Sensory Communication and Emerging Neural Technology (CRESCENT) supports basic research in the neuroscience of sensation and communication as well as technology development relevant to this research. The Center includes researchers studying sensory processing, perception, neural coding, speech and language. Many of these researchers are involved in developing technologies useful for enhancing basic scientific study or for assisting humans with sensory or communication disorders.

Cognitive Rhythms Collective
The Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative (CRC) is a group of scientists in the Boston area who work together to advance understanding of the brain dynamics underlying cognitive functions such as sensory processing, attention, learning, memory, and motor planning. The collaborative is directed by Dr. Nancy Kopell, member of the National Academy of Sciences and outstanding mentor in the BU graduate program specialization in computational neuroscience. The members of the CRC come from multiple institutions around the Boston area and beyond.

Hearing Research Center
The Boston University Hearing Research Center (HRC) includes 20 faculty members from six departments in four Boston University schools and colleges. The HRC was formed in 1995 for the development and dissemination of knowledge that will improve the nation’s auditory health and allow the fullest utilization of the sense of hearing. The director of the center is Dr. H. Stephen Colburn, a distinguished leader in the field of hearing sciences.

Initiative for Physics & Mathematics of Neural Systems
A National Science Foundation Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) grant supports the new Initiative for Physics & Mathematics of Neural Systems. This project fosters collaborations between physicists, mathematicians, and neuroscientists to generate theoretical frameworks and statistical tools to interpret genomic, anatomical, and physiological data on brain function. A community of researchers is being brought together by a seminar series that includes discussions of problems in which the theoretical approaches of physics, mathematics, and statistics can be brought to be bear on specific research questions regarding neural systems. In addition, a set of pilot projects are funded by the grant to foster collaborations between mathematicians, physicists, and neuroscientists. The principal investigator on this grant is Dr. Michael Hasselmo.

Neurophotonics NSF NRT Program
Boston University proudly announces the start of the National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship Program (NRT) Understanding the Brain: Neurophotonics (NSF NRT UtB: Neurophotonics). This is a university-wide community of doctoral students in biology, neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical, and mechanical engineering with focused professional development and graduate training in neurophotonics. The NRT program in Neurophotonics will include research that uses light and photo-activated materials to study, control, and image neurons and neural circuits with cellular and sub-cellular resolution.

Photonics Center
The Boston University Photonics Center has become well known for building a strong academic program in the field of photonics: the science and engineering of light. The Center has also created a unique national resource for development of advanced photonic device prototypes for commercial, military, and healthcare applications. From its inception, the Center has attracted scholarly pioneers to lead our academic and educational programs. Ground-breaking research conducted at the Center includes work in the areas of biophotonics, imaging, nanophotonics, nonlinear and quantum optics, and photonics materials and devices.

Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing & Computational Science & Engineering
The Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering initiates, catalyzes, and propels collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training initiatives for a better society by promoting discovery and innovations through the use of computational and data-driven approaches, and advancing computing sciences inspired by challenges in engineering; social, health & management sciences; and the arts. A federated entity at the crossroads of computational research, the Institute includes centers, initiatives, and labs that work in collaboration to support a portfolio of ambitious research projects and forward-looking educational and outreach initiatives.

Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research
The overall objective of the Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research at Boston University is to elucidate the nature of neural processing in the hippocampus and related cortical structures that mediate episodic memory. The combined research aims at providing a breakthrough in the understanding of the neural mechanisms of episodic memory and its deterioration associated with aging, brain damage, and disease. The Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience is made possible by grant #P50 MH094263 from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Spivack Center
The mission of the Spivack Center is to support education and research that is at the cutting edge for deciphering the molecular, cellular, and systems level basis of human behavior and to bring clinical and basic scientists together to develop a translational perspective that will enhance the lives of people afflicted with disorders of the mind. Vehicles of support include awards for novel research programs and financial stipends to visiting and resident professors whose work embodies the mission of the center.