Konstantinos Michmizos wins the Rutgers Brain Health Institute Grant Award for the proposal entitled "Computational Astrocyence."
This Award is in collaboration with leaders in experimental neuroscience: Cheryl Dreyfus, Zhiping Pang (Rutgers Medical School), and Bonnie Firestein (SAS Cell Biology and Neuroscience.)
The Award will allow Konstantinos to further expand his Lab's research on Neural - Astrocytic Networks by combining his computational modeling with experimental studies, providing an opportunity for a push-pull dynamic between the two aspects.
The anticipated new knowledge on astrocyte-neuron interaction will advance both computational and brain studies, including studies on brain treatments.
The $40,000/year Grant aligns with ComBra Lab's ongoing efforts to shake the "neurocomputing" dogma, where "brain = neurons", and introduce algorithms employing an abundant yet long-neglected brain cell, astrocytes, with unique computational capabilities.