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Name of Collaboratory :


Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 1998 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 4 2010 7:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Virtual Learning Community  

Domain(s) :

  Neuroscience, biology, chemistry, psychiatry, psychology, physiology, medicine

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) provides resources to foster innovative research in behavioral neuroscience. with a specific focus on the neurobiology of social behavior. The CBNs original scientific focus was the neuroscience of social behaviors in the areas of affiliation, aggression, fear and reproduction and the emotional and regulatory processes that underlie them. In the intervening years, inclusion of additional behavioral neuroscientists at the participating institutions resulted in an expansion of the CBNs activities into the areas of memory, cognition, reward functions of the brain and positive emotional states. That process continues today as the CBN responds to the changing landscape of neuroscience and the evolving needs of its member institutions. A consortium of more than 150 neuroscientists working in collaboratories use diverse model systems from invertebrates to humans, as well as computational models, to investigate these areas.

In addition to scientific discovery, the CBN hopes to train the next generation of behavioral neuroscientists and to increase the number of women and under-represented minorities in neuroscience. Its major discoveries are licensed with biotechnology partners.

CBN has built a comprehensive education program consisting of precollege, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral initiatives, as well as public education. The programs goals include:

* Improving neuroscience education and literacy, particularly for students in the state of Georgia;
* Recruiting and retaining women and underrepresented minoritites in neuroscience education programs;
* Increasing awareness of neuroscience and career opportunities in science;
* Providing K-12 teachers with innovative approaches to teaching science;
* Identifying best practices for teaching science through research on education curricula and theory.

Through unique partnerships with Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Bio, Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, and Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the Center has created a dynamic community focused on K-12 and public education. These partnerships create an avenue for CBN neuroscientists to share their research with the general public, raising awareness of the brain and the importance of brain health with people of all ages.


Access to Instruments :

Services are offered through six cores. The services are available to the CBN affiliated members. Descriptions of the cores are listed below:

"The Molecular Core develops cDNA microarrays for multiple model systems to profile gene expression either from microdissected brain areas or from individual neurons."

"The Cellular Core develops monoclonal antibodies to characterize proteins involved in behaviorally-relevant circuits and viral vectors to deliver behaviorally-relevant transcripts of proteins to specific regions or cell types."

"The Systems Core focuses on multiunit recording of populations of neurons within specific brain regions."

"The Imaging Core provides the expertise to visualize and interpret brain activation during a behavioral task using PET or fMRI with both rodents and primates."

"The Computational Core provides the expertise to model complex neural circuits using digital technology."

"The Behavioral Core develops technologies to accurately capture and quantify complex social interactions in diverse model systems."


Access to Information Resources :


Access to People as Resources :

  Collaboratories meet once a month by video conferencing to discuss current research efforts.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Georgia Research Alliance
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Office of Integrative Activities - NSF
Science and Technology Centers (STC)

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Notes on Participants/Organizations:
105 faculty at the 8 Atlanta sites. They also have external and internal advisory boards, and an executive committee.


Communications Technology Used :

  I2 Video conferencing, scienceNET  

Technical Capabilities :

  Support for transition between synch and asynch
Directory of services/experts/resources
Asynchronous object sharing
Common file space, Email/attachments
Asynchronous conversation
Synchronous conversation
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Project-reported performance data :

  Scientific Output:
In 2008-2009, 105 faculty, 454 publications direct from CBN Collaboratories research.

Affliation- 5 projects involving 15+ researchers; at least 3 have resulted in publications.

Aggression- 7 projects involving 15+ researchers.

Fear- 11 projects involving 20+ researchers.

Reproduction- 13 projects involving 25+ researchers.

K-12 Educational Programs and Public Outreach:
Summer Workshops for Teachers; Educational Video Game; Mobile Lab, Public Lecture Series, SciTrek Museum exhibit; Brain Trivia Contest.

Funded Research Opportunities:
Member Research: 16 Venture Grants have been awarded to CBN members.
Graduate Research: CBN Scholar program
Undergraduate Research: 3 funded programs
K-12 Teacher Research: 13 groups/individual Georgia teachers have been awarded grants.
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