White House Conference on BRAIN Initiative

On September 30, 2014, the White House announced new investments in the Obama Administration’s BRAIN initiative – a bold, new initiative focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science & Technology, gave the keynote introduction of the BRAIN Initiative. Meredith Drosback, who works in the OSTP science division, coordinated the conference panelists. Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory moderated two panels (starting at minute 16).

Kavli video on the BRAIN Initiative

The Kavli Foundation has made possible an inspiring five minute video on the BRAIN Initiative. This video was produced by The Science Network in collaboration with Science Visualization.

Kavli Foundation sponsored numerous symposiums and informal meetings in 2011 through 2013 that developed the initial concept for the BRAIN Inititative. Over 100 neuroscientists participated in these meetings which resulted in the Brain Activity Map Project proposal that “would prove important to the scientific thinking behind the BRAIN Initiative, as well as a major catalyst for its launching.”

President Obama on the BRAIN Initiative

President Barack Obama launches the BRAIN Initiative on April 2, 2013. The video in this post was titled “President Obama Speaks on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation.”

…”President Obama unveils a bold new research initiative designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain, and discusses the importance of investing in American innovation to create jobs and strengthen our economy.”

Published on YouTube by the White House April 2, 2013.

NSF BRAIN Initiative YouTube Channel

The National Science Foundation has been assembling a number of excellent short videos related to the BRAIN Initiative. The NSF BRAIN Initiative YouTube Channel is located at this address: https://www.youtube.com/user/NSFbraininitiative.

A sampling of the NSF videos are accessible within this post. Most were produced by NSF’s Science Nation, “the online magazine that’s all about science for the people”.

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