Dr. Melanie A. Samuel, assistant professor in the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine, has won an $80,000 Fay/Frank Seed Grant awarded by the Brain Research Foundation

Samuel is one of 12 recipients selected from leading research institutions across the country to receive the grant.

“We are grateful for the support of the Brain Research Foundation and are excited to pursue our studies,” said Sammuel. “We hope that our work will lead to a greater understanding of the processes that lead to cognitive dysfunction.”

The grant will help Samuel launch early phases in her research. Her project will focus on dissecting and analyzing molecular control of synaptic programming – how neurons alter and restructure connections with other neurons. The results from this research will help define molecular targets for repairing nervous system injury. 

“The Brain Research Foundation plays a unique role in facilitating neuroscience research by awarding seed grants to promising junior investigators. Our organization is founded on the values of innovation, exploration and discovery. Dr. Samuel demonstrates each of those key values in her approach to one of the most challenging neuroscience questions today,” said Dr. Terre A. Constantine, executive director and CEO of the Foundation.

The Brain Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps fund neuroscience research across the nation. This year, the foundation awarded 12 scientists with grants to further their research for a combined total of $960,000. The Fay/Frank Seed Grant was established in 1981 and has since awarded $12.8 million in funding to researchers across the country.