The Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

Four brain research teams at UC San Diego were awarded $2.27 million Thursday from the National Institutes of Health, KPBS is reporting.

The award is part of a federal BRAIN Initiative launched in 2014, which seeks to learn more about basic neurobiology; to date, the university has received more than $6 million under the initiative, according to the news report.

“The latest round of funding will help neuroscientists create detailed maps of brain stems,” the report continued.

Brenda Bloodgood, co-director of the San Diego Brain Consortium, told KPBS, “The brain stem controls some of the most basic functions of our body: blood pressure, breathing. We don’t know much about how the neurons are connected to drive these functions.”

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