ERC Synergy Grant funding
Project: Connecting to the Networks of the Human Brain (ConnectToBrain)
The ConnectToBrain project seeks to radically improve the techniques for brain stimulation in current clinical use. The new methods are based on rapid, algorithm-controlled magnetic stimulation pulses that excite neurons and forge connections across brain regions. The research will explore new therapies for a wide range of neurological conditions—from depression to Parkinson’s disease. The methods for brain stimulation therapy to be developed in theproject are expected to save up to a billion euros annually in Europe with considerable cuts to both cost of care and duration of sick leaves.
Project: Quantum Technologies for Axion Dark Matter Search
Physicists have long theorized about the composition of dark matter and among competing hypotheses, one particle has emerged as a promising candidate: the axion. The aim of this project is to find evidence for the existence of axions. Paraoanu and his research group are primarily responsible for building and tuning the high-frequency sensor, as well as writing the algorithms and software to use it. This sensor, called a haloscope, will probe the depths of the galactic halo in search of axions. The coordinator of this 6-year project is University of Zaragoza.