Articles on the BRAIN Initiative Spring 2015

The $5 Billion Race to Map Your Brain
Ozy April 29. 2015 by Chana Schoenberger

Obama’s BRAIN Initiative yields first study results
Reuters April 30, 2015 by Sharon Begley

Walter Koroshetz – Early Days of the NIH BRAIN initiative

Walter Koroshetz presentation at Neuroscience BioConference Live [online] conference on Mar 19, 2015.

From Labroots synopsis: “The major funded efforts at this time fit into 3 main categories; 1) defining the components of brain circuits, i.e., a cell census; 2) developing and testing tools for recording high density information on circuit structure, activity, and manipulating circuit activity; 3) novel technology for noninvasive interrogation and manipulation of circuit activity (next generation imaging).”

BRAIN Initiative Overview

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

The BRAIN Initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain encodes, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, and shed light on the complex links between brain function and behavior

2014 BRAIN Initiative Awards

NIH announced its initial $46 million investment for the BRAIN Initiative reseach on September 30, 2014.

These projects lay the groundwork for visualizing the brain in action. More than 100 investigators in 15 states and several countries will work to develop new tools and technologies to understand neural circuit function and capture a dynamic view of the brain in action.

Funding opportunites for fiscal year 2016 were announced on Janurary 13, 2015.

BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group met at the Neuroscience Center Building.

The meeting agenda included discussion of BRAIN research supported by NIH, neuroethics, and presentations on BRAIN-related activities supported by the four additional Federal agencies involved in The BRAIN Initiative: DARPA, NSF, the FDA, and IARPA.

The meeting was open to the public and videocast can be accessed from this post.

Advisory Committee to Director

The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) working group is a high-level working group established by NIH Director Francis Collins to help shape the vision of the BRAIN Initiative. The working group, co-chaired by Dr. Cornelia “Cori” Bargmann (The Rockefeller University) and Dr. William Newsome (Stanford University), incorporated broad input from the scientific community, patient advocates, and the general public. Their report, released in June 2014, articulated the scientific goals of the BRAIN Initiative and developed a multi-year scientific plan for achieving these goals, including timetables, milestones, and cost estimates.

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