- Advanced Materials by Design: Theory and Computation
- African Diaspora and the Atlantic World Research Circle
- American Indian Studies
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Biology
- Cognitive Sciences
- Communication Technologies Research
- Comparative Political Economy
- Comparative U.S. Studies
- Computational Sciences
- Computational Systems Biology
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Sciences
- Cultural Studies in a Global Context
- Disability Studies
- Energy Sources and Policy
- Expressive Culture and Diversity in the Upper Midwest
- Food Pathogens and Toxins
- Functional Brain Imaging
- Functional Organic Materials
- Global Governance and International Finance
- Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship
- Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program
- International Environmental Affairs and Global Security
- International Public Affairs
- Land Use
- Law, Society and Justice
- Mathematical Physics - String Theory
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Molecular Biometry
- Nanophase Inorganic Materials and Devices
- Political Economy
- Poverty Studies
- Religious Studies
- Science and Technology Studies
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- Structural Biology
- Translational Research - Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Very High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology
- Visual Culture
- Vitamin D
- Women's Health Research/Biology of Sex and Gender Differences
- Zebrafish Biology
Functional brain imaging represents noninvasive methods to provide temporal and spatial pictures of higher-level brain functions. The goal of the cluster is to provide infrastructure for interdisciplinary brain imaging research at UW-Madison. This group helped to develop an entirely new interdisciplinary research facility, the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, one of the most well-equipped and well-staffed state-of-the-art facilities in the world dedicated to affective and cognitive neuroscience research with brain imaging. The facility, partly supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation, is staffed with scientists across many disciplines. The cluster effort has been critical in coalescing faculty from across campus and helping the laboratory to flourish through the study of the functional and structural organization of the brain.
The cluster and affiliate faculty won a prestigious National Institutes of Health $10 million center grant. The presence of the cluster and related topnotch faculty have made UW-Madison an international magnet for some of the best postdoctoral trainees in functional brain imaging.
Since the cluster and affiliated faculty arrived, new research activities related to functional brain imaging grew tremendously. These faculty members received more than $15 million in research grants and have published more than 50 articles in major journals.
Cluster faculty involvement, along with affiliates at the Waisman Center, were crucial to winning a major National Institute of Mental Health grant to study autism. These faculty have worked together on numerous other grants to better understand developmental disabilities.
The cluster faculty work together to teach a new course on human brain imaging, and one cluster member teaches a new course on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Several graduate dissertations have been written based on research conducted at the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior with guidance from cluster faculty.
The cluster and affiliates help scientists across the world better understand human brain imaging and help inform these scientists’ clinical work by distributing tools on the Web.
The faculty who put the cluster proposal together have remained involved from the beginning. Based on the success of the two cluster faculty hires, the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior quickly recruited related scientists in other departments to join their effort. Several affiliated faculty and academic staff are as essential to the mission of interdisciplinary brain imaging research as are the cluster faculty. The cluster and affiliated faculty represent a remarkable model for interdisciplinary success and come from physics, statistics, psychology, engineering, radiology, medical physics, neurology, medicine, and psychiatry.