DIBS Research Incubator Awards provide up to $100,000 for one year (non-renewable) to support research projects involving interdisciplinary, collaborative brain science research within Duke. The projects must represent exceptional innovation and broad significance to the field. These awards are open to Duke faculty.
Projects must engage at least two faculty representing multiple fields or levels of analysis and bring together investigators from across the University whose individual programs of research are not already connected. Projects that include investigators from multiple schools within the University (e.g., School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, Pratt School of Engineering, etc.) are encouraged.
Previous Award Winners
- 2018-2019 Incubator Awards
- 2017-2018 Incubator Awards
- 2016-2017 Incubator Awards
- 2015 and Previous Years Winners
Award Project Spotlights
Retinal Imaging Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease
The same neuro-inflammatory injuries found in the brain affected by Alzheimer’s may also be seen in the retina, which allows a non-invasive examination. Using DIBS research dollars and other resources allowed the team to collect and analyze valuable data. Team members represented departments of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Medicine, School of Medicine; and Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering.
Deconstructing the Glutamatergic Basis of Depression
Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the world. Drug treatments fail to adequately treat the disorder in up to 50 percent of patients. Recent evidence indicates ketamine, a drug with anesthetic and pain-killing properties, can effectively treat symptoms in this population—but it has many side effects. Faculty from the schools of Medicine and Engineering will use new technologies to improve the understanding of ketamine’s antidepressant effects, potentially leading to a new class of precision therapeutics to reverse depressive symptoms.