Congratulations to Dr. Yasin B. Seven! Dr. Seven was awarded a highly competitive R21 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. In collaboration with Dr. Gordon Mitchell and collaborators at the University of Miami, Dr. Seven has been developing a new nanoparticle-based therapy to overcome the blood brain barrier and selectively deliver drugs to respiratory centers in the brain. Although respiratory failure and inappropriate airway protection are major causes of death in multiple neurological disorders and trauma, no treatments are currently available to selectively target respiratory neurons. This grant will lay the groundwork for using this drug delivery approach to treat respiratory impairment due to spinal cord injury and neurodegenerative diseases.