One of the more interesting developments on campus this year is the way the Mind Research Network is growing and changing. Technically, MRN is a non-profit research entity located in Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall on the UNM North Campus. The work at MRN is closely intertwined with the university community and hosts researchers, many of whom hold dual appointments in UNM Departments such as electrical and computer engineering. Researchers also work with 20 graduate students and more than 100 undergraduate students.
Last spring MRN hosted the "Domenici Neuroscience Symposium on Neuroscience for National Security" in Washington D.C. The purpose was to raise the profile of MRN in Washington D.C. and to let the public know that MRN is now conducting research in neurosystems engineering as well as research into brain disorders. MRN drew a number of speakers from industry and research entities and showcased MRN researchers in a variety of areas. UNM worked with MRN to do audio recordings of the conference. Here's a good chance to listen to talks on everything from the latest research in traumatic brain injury to new training techniques that allows soldiers to quickly identify threats.
MRN Domenici Neuroscience Symposium on Neuroscience for National Security
Normally this kind of research is done by individuals at various institutions, but MRN is trying to concentrate a group of researchers to work in the area of neurosystems engineering. Financially things seem to be going well at MRN. The non-profit has about $10 million in pending grants, and has several active applications for grants in progress. MRN is one of the active areas of research that make UNM a more interesting place to be.
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