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Recent Grant Awards to Faculty

William Alexander - Funding Agency: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Title: The Neural Architecture of Reinforcement Learning in Partially Observable Environments

PI’s: Sam Gershman, Nao Uchida (Harvard), William Alexander (FAU) 

Total Award: $646,748.00 FAU Subcontract Total Costs: $230,028.00


Howard Prentice - Funding Agency: Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer's Disease Research Grant Program Awards, FDOH.

Title: Role of hypoxia in triggering Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis: sulindac as a potential therapeutic intervention.

PI: Howard Prentice, Shailaja Allani, Herbert Weissbach 

Total Award: $99,050


Emmanuelle Tognoli - Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging

Title: The Mathematics of Relatedness

PI’s: Emmanuelle Tognoli, Christopher Beetle, Christine Williams  

Total Award: $675,000



Robert Vertes - Funding Agency: National Institute of Health

Title: Nucleus reuniens: critical role in working memory and executive functions.

PI: Robert P. Vertes

Total Award: $423,839, continuing

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: The role of nucleus reuniens in the temporal organization of memory and behavior.

PI, Timothy A. Allen (FIU), Co-PI, Robert P. Vertes;

Total Award, $1,825,848, continuing


Carmen Varela - Funding Agency: Whitehall Foundation.

Title: Thalamocortical dynamics underlying flexible memory consolidation.

PI: Carmen Varela

Total Award: $225,000

Funding Agency: WNPRC Pilot Project grant.

Title: A novel freely moving macaque preparation for studying the neural basis of navigation. 

PIs:  Kim, B; Varela, C; Rosenberg, A.

Total Award: $50,000.


Behnaz Ghoraani - Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: CAREER: Advanced data analytics for early detection of Alzheimer's disease using wearables and smartphone.

PI: Behnaz Ghoraani

Total Award: $524, 000

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Modeling Corona Spread and Contact Tracing Using Big Data Analytics

Co-PI: Behanz Ghoraani

Total Award: $70, 000   

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: CCSS: Discovery of Individualized Disease Features for Personalized Health Monitoring

PI: Behnaz Ghoraani

Total Award: $322, 000

Funding Agency: Florida Department of Health

Title: Technology-based Systems to Measure Dual-task (Motor-cognitive) Performance as a Biomarker for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

PI: Behnaz Ghoraani

Total Award:   $94, 000

Recent Faculty and Student Publications


Anzures, G., Mildort, M. (2021). Do perceptual expertise and implicit racial bias predict early face-sensitive ERP responses? Brain and Cognition, 147, 105671. 

Vertes R.P. and Linley S.B. No cognitive processing in the unconscious, anesthetic-like, state of sleep. Journal of Comparative Neurology 529:524-538, 2021 (accepted 2020, published 2021).

Linley S.B., Athanason A.C., Rojas A.K.P. and Vertes R.P. (2021) Role of the reuniens and rhomboid thalamic nuclei in anxiety-like avoidance behaviors in the rat. Hippocampus, accepted.

Vertes, R.P. and Linley, S.B. (2021) Structural and functional organization of the midline and intralaminar nuclei of the thalamus. In: The Thalamus, Halassa, M. (Ed), Cambridge University Press, New York, accepted.

Vertes, R.P., Linley, S.B. and Viena, T.D. (2021) Nucleus reuniens: circuitry, function and dysfunction. In: In: Electrophysiological Recording Techniques, 2nd ed, Vertes R.P. and Allen T.A.(Eds.), Humana Press, New York, accepted.

Wu JY and Prentice, H . (2021) Potential new therapeutic intervention for ischemic stroke. J. Transl. Int .Med. 9(1): 1–3.

Ghoraani, B., Galvin, J., and Jimenez-Shahed, J. (2021) Point of View: Wearable Systems for at-home monitoring of motor complications in Parkinson’s disease should deliver clinically actionable information”, in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, in press

M.D. Hssayeni, B. Ghoraani, (2021) Multi-modal Physiological Data Fusion for Affect Estimation Using Deep Learning, IEEE ACCESS, in press

B. Ghoraani, L.N. Boettcher, M. Hssayeni, A. Rosenfeld, M.I. Tolea, and J.E. Galvin, (2021) Detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease using Dual-task Gait Assessments and Machine Learning, Journal of Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, 64, p.102249

2020 Publications

Vassena E., Deraeve, J., and Alexander, W.H. (2020). Surprise, value, and control in the anterior cingulate cortex during speeded decision-making. Nature Human Behavior

Tognoli, E., Zhang, M., Fuchs, A., Beetle, C., & Kelso, J. A. S. (2020). Coordination Dynamics: A Foundation for Understanding Social Behavior. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 14:317.

Dodel, S. M., Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. A. S. (2020). Degeneracy and complexity in neuro-behavioral correlates of team coordination. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 328.

Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. A. S. (2020). Spectral dissociation of lateralized brain rhythms. Neuroscience research, 156, 141-146.

Zhang, M., Kalies, W. D., Kelso, J. S., & Tognoli, E. (2020). Topological portraits of multiscale coordination dynamics. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 108672.

Dumas, G., Moreau, Q., Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. S. (2020). The Human Dynamic Clamp reveals the fronto-parietal network linking real-time social coordination and cognition. Cerebral Cortex, 30(5), 3271-3285.

Alderson, T., Bokde, A., Kelso, J.A.S., Maguire, L., & Coyle, D. (2020). Metastable neural dynamics underlies cognitive performance across multiple behavioral paradigms. Human Brain Mapping, 41, 3212-3224. DOI: 10.1002/hbm.25009

Baillin, F., Lefebvre, A., Pedoux, A., Beauxis, Y., Engemann, D., Maruani, A., Amsellem, F., Kelso, J.A.S., Bourgeron, T., Delorme, R., Dumas, G. (2020) Interactive psychometrics for autism with the Human Dynamic Clamp: Interpersonal synchrony from sensory-motor to socio-cognitive domains. Frontiers in Psychiatry 11:510366. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.510366

Fuchs, A., & Kelso, J.A.S. (2020). Movement Coordination. In Synergetics (A.Hutt & H.Haken, Eds.), pp. 287-308. Springer, New York

Morris, P., St. Clair, R., Hahn, W.H. and Barenholtz, E. (2020) Predicting Binding from Screening Assays with Transformer Network Embeddings. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling.

Barenholtz, E., Fitzgerald, N. D., & Hahn, W. E. (2020). Machine-learning approaches to substance-abuse research: emerging trends and their implications. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 33(4), 334-342.

Sarangi, V., Pelah, A., Hahn, W. E., & Barenholtz, E. (2020). Gender Perception From Gait: A Comparison Between Biological, Biomimetic and Non-biomimetic Learning Paradigms. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 14.

Sachdeva, N., Klopukh, M., Clair, R. S., Hahn(2020)Using conditional generative adversarial networks to reduce the effects of latency in robotic telesurgery.Journal of Robotic Surgery

Sarangi, V., Pelah, A., Hahn, W. E., & Barenholtz, E. (2020). Neural and Neuromimetic Perception: A Comparative Study of Gender Classification from Human Gait. Electronic Imaging, 2020(11), 10402-1.

Nouri, A. and Ester, E. F. (2020) recovery of information from latent memory stores decreases over time, Cognitive neuroscience, 11:1, 101-11

Vertes, R.P. and Linley, S.B. Serotonergic regulation of hippocampal rhythmical activity. In:  Handbook of the Behavioral Neurobiology of Serotonin, 2nd ed, Muller C.P. and Cunningham, K.A. (Eds), Academic Press, London, Vol 31, p. 337-360, 2020.

Varela, C. and Wilson, M.A., (2020) mPFC spindle cycles organize sparse thalamic activation and recently active CA1 cells during non-REM sleep. eLife 9, e48881.

Menzie-Suderam JM, Modi J, Xu H, Bent A, Trujillo P, Medley K, Jimenez E, Shen J, Marshall M, Tao R, Prentice H , Wu JY (2020) Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor gene therapy as a novel therapeutics for stroke in a mouse model. J Biomed Sci. 27(1):99. P1-22. doi: 10.1186/s12929-020-00692-5.

Modi J, Menzie-Suderam J, Xu H, Trujillo P, Medley K, Marshall ML, Tao R, Prentice H , Wu JY (2020)  Mode of action of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) as a novel therapy for stroke in a mouse model. .J Biomed Sci. 27(1):19. P1-19.  doi: 10.1186/s12929-019-0597-7.

Ásgeirsdóttir HN, Cohen SJ and Stackman Jr RW (2020) Object and place information processing by CA1 hippocampal neurons of C57BL/6J mice. Journal of Neurophysiology, 123(3): 1247-1264. http://doi:10.1152/jn.00278.2019.

Cinalli Jr DA, Cohen SJ, Guthrie K and Stackman Jr RW (2020) Object recognition memory: Distinct yet complementary roles of the mouse CA1 and perirhinal cortex. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, 13(192) 10.3389/fnmol.2020.527543

Szatmari E, Moran C, Cohen SJ, Jacob A, Parra-Bueno P, Kamasawa N, Guerrero-Given D, Klein M, Stackman Jr RW and Yasuda R (2020) ADAP1/Centaurin-a1 negatively regulates dendritic spine function and memory formation in the hippocampus. eNEURO, 8(1) ENEURO.0111-20.2020 .

P. Ganesan, E.M. Cherry, D.T. Huang, A. Pertsov, and B. Ghoraani (2020) Atrial fibrillation source area probability mapping using electrogram patterns of multipole catheters” BioMedical Engineering OnLine by Springer Nature , No. 19, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-23,

M.D. Hssayeni, M. S. Croock, A. Al-Ani, H. F. Al-khafaji, Z. A. Yahya, and B. Ghoraani (2020) “Intracranial Hemorrhage Segmentation Using Deep Convolutional Model” Data MDPI Journals

Fall 2019

Congratulations to Drs Emmanuelle Tognoli and Howard Prentice
Both CCSBS faculty members were inducted into the National Academy of Inventors - September 26, 2019

Remembering Researcher and Professor Dr. Armin Fuchs
Sadly, Dr. Armin Fuchs passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 29, 2019, after valiantly struggling to overcome cancer which ultimately, and suddenly, took his life. Dr. Fuchs was a Professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Department of Physics. Read more

Alumna Starts Post Doctoral Position at Stanford University 
The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is excited to announce that recent graduate  Dr. Mengsen Zhang has earned a post doctoral position in the Brain Dynamics Lab at Stanford University. Dr. Zhang will be working with the team of Dr. Mannish Saggar and continue to advance the field of brain dynamics at one of the best-known institutions of higher education in the country.

Alumnus starts position as Director of Programs at University of Miami
The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences happily announces that recent graduate Dr. Michael Mannino has earned a leadership role as Director of Programs at the Center for Computational Science at the University of Miami ( ). He is responsible for creating scientific research, educational, and engagement activities between faculty, researchers and beyond to meet the objective of promoting applied computational science through the Center's nine focus areas.

Alumna Starts Post Doctoral Position at Florida International University
The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is proud to announce that recent graduate  Dr. Tatiana Vienna has earned a prestigious post-doctoral position at Florida International University.  Out of more than 100 applicants,  Dr. Vienna was one of a select few to earn this distinguished position. She will work in the laboratory of Dr. Tim Allen at FIURead more.