UCLA neuroscientist Nanthia Suthana was awarded a $3.3 million three-year grant from the BRAIN Initiative. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the scientific collaboration aims to revolutionize understanding of the brain.

The grant will expand her studies in patients with deep-brain electrodes to identify mechanisms that support spatial navigation in virtual reality. Suthana is the Ruth and Raymond H. Stotter Chair in Neurosurgery and an assistant professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Suthana has also used virtual reality to study how the human brain encodes and retrieves memories while the person explores a new virtual setting on foot.