The “BRAIN” Initiative

BRAIN3This past April, President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

The BRAIN Initiative is short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. Extending beyond mere mapping of the brain, the BRAIN Initiative is aimed at producing an array of tools that are needed to establish an integrated theory of how a healthy brain functions over an organism’s life. This theory will provide a fundamental framework for interpreting new information on brain science and will change existing paradigms for explaining “who we are.”

It promises to accelerate the invention of new technologies that will help researchers produce real-time pictures of complex neural circuits and visualize the rapid-fire interactions of cells that occur at the speed of thought. Such cutting-edge capabilities will open new doors to understanding how brain function is linked to human behavior and learning, and the mechanisms of brain disease.

According to John Wingfield of the National Science Foundation—one of the key organizations leading the initiative: “When scientists do ultimately figure out how the brain works–however long it takes, this accomplishment will probably be considered the greatest scientific achievement in all of human history.”

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