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Mind Science Awards $30,000 to BrainStorm Pitch Winner from Stanford Univ.
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Mind Science Awards $30,000 to BrainStorm Pitch Winner from Stanford Univ.

Mind Science, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization, announced the winner of its virtual 2021 neuroscience pitch competition Wednesday evening. Ben Rein, a Stanford University neuroscientist, won the first-place prize of $30,000 for his research on how social development impacts brain development.Launched in 2018, the BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition is designed for early‐career neuroscientists teamed with senior primary investigators. The equity-free funding helps support pilot studies so young researchers can demonstrate a proof of concept when applying for grants that can support further investigation. Rein's Ph.D. dissertation focused on autism and the brain.  The researcher was "studying genetic risk factors for autism, but now I'm focused on how social experienc...