VA Catalyst Neuroscience Initiative Newsletter – November 2018

Welcome to the VNI 

The Virginia Catalyst formed the Virginia Neuroscience Institute (VNI) two years ago in order to facilitate and accelerate neuroscience research by providing an infrastructure and research tools to help bring together neuroscientists, medical providers and industry partners across the Commonwealth. I want to encourage you to go to our VNI website,, and read more about the VNI and our Clinical Trials Network, use the Neuroscience Directory to find colleagues with similar research interests, and join one or more of our 23 interest groups. In the  coming year, we will be moving the VNI forward by offering new collaborative processes and member engagement opportunities. In this first newsletter, we want to welcome you to our community in Virginia and hope your investment in our initiative will help you find new collaborations and make significant breakthroughs in your research.
Best wishes,

Randy Merchant, Director

VNI Updates

We welcome Karen Bell as the new VNI administrator. She comes from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at VCU and has 25 years of experience in neuroscience research.

We are interested in your work! Please send us information about clinical trials, seminar/conferences or other relevant announcements!

Upcoming Conference and Webinars
NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
The BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting
National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium 2019
Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

Interest Group Teleconferences
We are looking for speakers for our interest groups who would like to talk about their research. Please email Karen for more information.

Neurotrauma, November 14th, 2018 at 4 pm

Neurodevelopment, December 6th, 2018 at 2 pm

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