FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

FAU STILES-NICHOLSON BRAIN INSTITUTE
WHERE DISCOVERY COMES TO MIND

The brain is what makes us human and is the source of our individuality. It forms our thoughts, passions, hopes and dreams, and is constantly changing. Every time we think and interact with others, our brain is altered in complex, yet marvelous ways. With this in mind, we invite you to join us as we build the future of brain science and health at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and train the next generation of scientists and researchers through mentored advanced research.

Florida is the new center for the life sciences in the United States, and FAU‘s Jupiter Campus is the site where scientific prowess converges. In partnership with two of the world’s leading research organizations –The Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience – the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute will offer high school, undergraduate and graduate students transformational experiences not found anywhere else in the world. The time is right for a breathtaking building that will allow for a new era of neuroscience research to take root and grow in partnership with its partner disciplines of molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and pharmacology, engineering and computer science.

The Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute is made possible through a generous $10 million gift from David J.S. Nicholson, which expands on an initial investment from the State of Florida of $35 million, built to foster state-of-the-art research that, while emblematic of the exciting growth of South Florida, can touch all corners of the world.

To capitalize on this convergence of intellectual excellence, the FAU neuroscience building will provide a state-of-the-art venue for facilitating inter-institute research opportunities. Under the leadership of Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D., Executive Director, Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute, David J.S. Nicholson Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience and Professor of Biomedical Science of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, this 58,000 square foot research space will make lasting contributions to Florida’s life sciences core and its Jupiter neuroscience hub. Within its walls, cutting-edge basic science research will examine the underpinnings of a variety of brain disorders, including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, addiction, and neuroinflammation. It also creates and provides innovative research opportunities for STEM students who train alongside FAU’s internationally-recognized scientists.

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RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Brain health is essential for a long, happy and productive life. Its impact is far-ranging, extending beyond our individual selves to our local, national and global communities. A healthy brain seeks solutions, solves problems, and enables us to think, act and make the world a better place. Our individual and collective futures depend on optimal brain health. Your support will help achieve these goals, while helping others to live well – today and in the future.

Achieving success starts with cultivating a pipeline of talented scholars and researchers. Dr. Blakely and his team of funded researchers were recruited and tasked to seed discovery in the new building. The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute also will drive increased enrollment of superior students in the fields of neurobiology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, computational biology, genetics and engineering.

Job creation is another attractive outcome of this endeavor. We envision the new facility supporting 20 principal investigators/faculty, a similar number of research faculty and postdoctoral students, and approximately 100 high school, undergraduate and graduate students per year, who will each engage in state-of-the-art and technologically advanced research training.

The anticipated increase in funding for research is another reason why the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute is an important piece to the Jupiter campus. With expanded space for collaborative research, there is greater opportunity to capitalize on increased federal funding from entities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), along with private entities looking to provide research grants and gifts to impact brain science and health. Spaces within the building will utilize a centralized lab model that includes smaller research labs, creating clusters for research teams and promoting a collaborative environment.


 
since 2007

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Brain health is essential for a long, happy and productive life. Its impact is far-ranging, extending beyond our individual selves to our local, national and global communities. A healthy brain seeks solutions, solves problems, and enables us to think, act and make the world a better place. Our individual and collective futures depend on optimal brain health. Your support will help achieve these goals, while helping others to live well – today and in the future.

Achieving success starts with cultivating a pipeline of talented scholars and researchers. Dr. Blakely and his team of funded researchers were recruited and tasked to seed discovery in the new building. The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute also will drive increased enrollment of superior students in the fields of neurobiology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, computational biology, genetics and engineering.

Job creation is another attractive outcome of this endeavor. We envision the new facility supporting 20 principal investigators/faculty, a similar number of research faculty and postdoctoral students, and approximately 100 high school, undergraduate and graduate students per year, who will each engage in state-of-the-art and technologically advanced research training.

The anticipated increase in funding for research is another reason why the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute is an important piece to the Jupiter campus. With expanded space for collaborative research, there is greater opportunity to capitalize on increased federal funding from entities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), along with private entities looking to provide research grants and gifts to impact brain science and health. Spaces within the building will utilize a centralized lab model that includes smaller research labs, creating clusters for research teams and promoting a collaborative environment.


 
since 2007

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Brain health is essential for a long, happy and productive life. Its impact is far-ranging, extending beyond our individual selves to our local, national and global communities. A healthy brain seeks solutions, solves problems, and enables us to think, act and make the world a better place. Our individual and collective futures depend on optimal brain health. Your support will help achieve these goals, while helping others to live well – today and in the future.

Achieving success starts with cultivating a pipeline of talented scholars and researchers. Dr. Blakely and his team of funded researchers were recruited and tasked to seed discovery in the new building. The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute also will drive increased enrollment of superior students in the fields of neurobiology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, computational biology, genetics and engineering.

Job creation is another attractive outcome of this endeavor. We envision the new facility supporting 20 principal investigators/faculty, a similar number of research faculty and postdoctoral students, and approximately 100 high school, undergraduate and graduate students per year, who will each engage in state-of-the-art and technologically advanced research training.

The anticipated increase in funding for research is another reason why the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute is an important piece to the Jupiter campus. With expanded space for collaborative research, there is greater opportunity to capitalize on increased federal funding from entities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), along with private entities looking to provide research grants and gifts to impact brain science and health. Spaces within the building will utilize a centralized lab model that includes smaller research labs, creating clusters for research teams and promoting a collaborative environment.


 
since 2007

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Brain health is essential for a long, happy and productive life. Its impact is far-ranging, extending beyond our individual selves to our local, national and global communities. A healthy brain seeks solutions, solves problems, and enables us to think, act and make the world a better place. Our individual and collective futures depend on optimal brain health. Your support will help achieve these goals, while helping others to live well – today and in the future.

Achieving success starts with cultivating a pipeline of talented scholars and researchers. Dr. Blakely and his team of funded researchers were recruited and tasked to seed discovery in the new building. The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute also will drive increased enrollment of superior students in the fields of neurobiology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, computational biology, genetics and engineering.

Job creation is another attractive outcome of this endeavor. We envision the new facility supporting 20 principal investigators/faculty, a similar number of research faculty and postdoctoral students, and approximately 100 high school, undergraduate and graduate students per year, who will each engage in state-of-the-art and technologically advanced research training.

The anticipated increase in funding for research is another reason why the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute is an important piece to the Jupiter campus. With expanded space for collaborative research, there is greater opportunity to capitalize on increased federal funding from entities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), along with private entities looking to provide research grants and gifts to impact brain science and health. Spaces within the building will utilize a centralized lab model that includes smaller research labs, creating clusters for research teams and promoting a collaborative environment.


 
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KEY FEATURES

In A Strategic Plan for the Race to Excellence, 2015-2025, FAU President John Kelly named neuroscience as a pillar that will define the institution’s research investments and create knowledge that benefits society. The Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute is a critical aspect of this endeavor.

The first floor will be home to the Center for Brain Disease Modeling which will investigate mechanisms of brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, autism, addiction and brain cancer, and will double the university’s current capacity for behavioral analysis. The Center will support a host of opportunities, including:

  • Advanced behavioral research infrastruc ture
  • Non-invasive recording and mapping of brain circuits
  • Testing effects of early-stage medications
  • Evaluation of impact of genetic and environmental changes on learning and memory, addiction, anxiety and social behavior.

Within the Center, the testing rooms of the Laboratory for Neurobehavioral Analysis will allow for synergistic neurobehavioral research and education for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral fellows – truly the next generation of brain scientists.

The first floor is a public area featuring a Reception Space, Lobby and Interactive Auditorium allowing for a variety of configurations. From theater-in-the round to banquets, the lobby will be a choice venue for STEM-related presentations, lectures, meetings and other events.

A key feature on the second floor is the Center for Cellular Neuroimaging where the visualization of brain cells will take place. It’s here where super-resolution, dynamic cellular and brain circuit visualization will merge with computational and virtual reality resources to allow researchers to peer deeply into the brain. This space will be enhanced by more than $1 million in already-acquired equipment and will house one of 24 Nikon Centers of Excellence worldwide.

 

Also slated for the second floor is approximately 4,400 square feet of open lab space along with ample shared technology and office spaces. The open design will stimulate communication and collaboration, flexibility for future needs, and collaborative use of research resources among researchers.

On the third floor, the Center for Computational Neuroscience will house space for dry lab activity in addition to supercomputing that examines large data sets from molecules to neural activity. This, too, will be an active space for high school, undergraduate and graduate students studying computational biology, chemistry and neuroscience.

The Center for the Resilient Mind will advance our understanding of the brain and mechanisms used to cope with stress, addiction, depression and aging disorders. Key to this center will be the creation of formal partnerships between psychologists, engineers, social workers and educators. This interdisciplinary activity will boost our understanding of the link between brain function and social interactions.

The Center for Autism Research and Brain Development will lead transformative science and clinical research to advance the understanding of Alzheimer’s, addiction and autism. These diseases impact many people at local, national and global levels.

 
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The biggest scientific challenge of today is to gain a better understanding of the most complex computer ever found, the human brain. Understanding will beget solutions to neurodegenerative diseases which are rampant and plague most families.”

    —David J.S. Nicholson
      Chair, Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute Foundation







NAMING OPPORTUNITIES



BUILDING A FACILITY FROM THE GROUND UP PROVIDES MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY.



The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute’s naming opportunities include:


Endowed Chair for FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute Executive Director $3,500,000
Center for Comparative Medicine $2,000,000
Center for Advanced Cellular Neuroimaging $2,000,000
Center for Computational Neuroscience $2,000,000
Endowed Research Chairs (Alzheimer’s, Addiction, Autism) $1,500,000
Interaction Auditorium $1,000,000
Named Research Laboratory (Alzheimer’s, Addiction, Autism) $1,000,000
First Floor Reception and Corridor $500,000
Distinguished Neuroscience Lecture Series $250,000
Board Room / Conference Room $250,000
Outdoor Seating and Gathering Patio $250,000
Visiting Scholars Program for World Class Faculty $150,000
Summer Research Undergraduate Fellowships to Enhance Diversity $100,000



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An exciting neuroscience ecosystem is growing and flourishing on Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter Campus. Here, the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute will usher in a new era of collaboration among the world’s titans of research. The synergy created by bringing together the Max Planck Florida Institute, which studies fundamental aspects of brain structure and function, with FAU and its research on mechanisms perturbed in brain chemistry and physiology that result in brain disorders, in conjunction with The Scripps Research Institute’s work on interventional strategies makes for a powerhouse hub of neuroscience discovery. It also fosters a phenomenal opportunity to attract the world’s brightest scientists and students to Palm Beach County.

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The new building, and the exciting research and education it makes possible, will leave an indelible mark on our university, our community, and our field that we will all be proud to say ‘we were there when it happened.’”

    —Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.
      Executive Director, Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

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