BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group


On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group(MCWG) met at the Neuroscience Center Building for their second meeting. The meeting agenda included discussion of BRAIN research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), neuroethics, and presentations on BRAIN-related activities supported by the four additional Federal agencies involved in The BRAIN InitiativeSM: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The meeting was open to the public and  videocast can be seen here

BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group Meeting- Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group Meeting- Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The first meeting of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG) took place on August 25, 2014. The working group, co-chaired by NINDS Director Story Landis and NIMH Director Tom Insel, is composed of 14 outstanding extramural neuroscience researchers and a neuro-ethics expert, in addition to three ex officio members representing Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of the working group is to provide input on a variety of issues to the advisory councils of the 10 NIH Institutes participating in the BRAIN Initiative. The meeting included an overview of the BRAIN Initiative, an overview of the working group’s responsibilities, and a discussion of the applications received in response to the NIH’s initial six BRAIN Initiative funding announcements. In the afternoon, concepts for potential future BRAIN funding announcements were presented for input and approval. videocast can be seen here


Walter Koroshetz
Acting Director, NINDS

Thomas Insel, M.D.
Director, NIMH


Larry Abbott, Ph.D. (NINDS council)
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Cornelia Bargmann, Ph.D. (at large member)
The Rockefeller University

Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D. (at large member)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James Eberwine, Ph.D. (NIAAA council)
University of Pennsylvania

Hank Greely, J.D. (at large member)
Stanford University Law School

Bin He, Ph.D. (NCCAM council)
University of Minnesota

Richard Huganir, Ph.D. (NIMH council)
Johns Hopkins University

Bradley Hyman, M.D., Ph.D. (NIA council)
Massachusetts General Hospital

Frances Jensen, M.D. (NICHD council)
University of Pennsylvania

Bruce Rosen, M.D., Ph.D. (NIBIB council)
Massachusetts General Hospital

Mark Schnitzer, Ph.D. (NIDA council)
Stanford University

Robert Shannon, Ph.D. (NIDCD council)
University of Southern California

David Tank, Ph.D. (at large member)
Princeton University

Rafael Yuste, M.D., Ph.D. (NEI council)
Columbia University

Ex Officio Members

Justin Sanchez, Ph.D.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Carlos Peña, Ph.D.
US Food & Drug Administration

Amber L. Story, Ph.D.
National Science Foundation

Designated Federal Official

Alan Willard, Ph.D.

Member Communications

Tom Insell: “Much more extraordinary than anything we can imagine”

Cornelia Bargmann: “A New Era of Exploration…Of Inner Space” 

Agenda for Wednesday, March 4, 2015 meeting

8:30 am Welcome and Update

9:00 am Current NIH BRAIN Activities

FY 2014 Awards, FY 2015 Re-Issues:
1. Cell Census and Tools for Cells and Circuits
2. Recording Modulation Technologies
3. Next Generation Human Imaging
4. Integrated Approaches

FY 2015 New FOAs:
1. New Concepts and Early Stage Research for Recording/Modulation
2. Next Generation Human Devices for Recording/Modulation
3. Short Courses
4. SBIR Announcements

10:30 am BREAK

10:45 am Plans for FY 2016
Summary of plans:
1. Research Opportunities using Invasive Recording/Stimulation in Humans
2. Public-Private Partnerships for Acces to Latest-Generation Devices
3. Foundations of Human Imaging

New concepts:
1. Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Brain Data
2. Technology Sharing and Propagation

12:30 pm LUNCH

1:30 pm Presentations of Agency Activities
BRAIN MCWG ex officio members (Drs. Justin Sanchez, Jim
Olds, Carlos Peña, and R. Jacob Vogelstein)

2:45 pm Report on NIH Workshop: Ethical Issues in Neuroscience Research

3:15 pm BREAK

3:30 pm Planning for FY 2017 and Beyond – Gaps and Opportunities

4:30 pm ADJOURN






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