Congratulations to Professor Charan Ranganath of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology on his selection as a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense. The five-year, $2.6 million fellowship will support new work on learning and memory in Ranganath’s Dynamic Memory Laboratory at UC Davis.
The new project aims to connect neural oscillations, which are currently poorly understood, with activity in the cortex and hippocampus, brain regions that are known to be involved in forming and retrieving memories.
The studies could lead to better ways to assess memory function, methods to boost learning (for example in training situations), and to better rehabilitation of soldiers with brain injuries. The work could also contribute to development of brain-computer interfaces.
“NSSEFF grants are highly competitive, attracting the next generation of outstanding scientists and engineers to some of our most challenging scientific issues and opportunities,” said Dr. Robin Staffin, Director for Basic Research for the Department of Defense, in a news release. “The program provides grants to top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research of strategic importance to the Department of Defense.”
More information: About the NSSEFF program
In this video, Ranganath and postdoc Frank Hsieh describe their recent discoveries on how memories are stored by when they occurred.