White House w00t! Support for Innovative Neuroscience Research


In case you missed it, the White House announced this week their new initiative to fund research focusing on neuroscience innovation.

“The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State of the Union call for historic investments in research and development to fuel the innovation, job creation, and economic growth that together create a thriving middle class.” BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind

Here is a brief introduction to the project from NIH Director, Francis Crick.


On The Clock: The BRAIN Initiative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slQ8ELULNP0


President Obama Speaks on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJuxLDRsSQc

“So there is this enormous mystery waiting to be unlocked, and the BRAIN Initiative will change that by giving scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember. And that knowledge could be — will be — transformative.” Remarks by the President on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/02/remarks-president-brain-initiative-and-american-innovation

Here are a few useful resources.

BRAIN Initiative Infographic: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infographics/brain-initiative (PDF)

White House Blog: BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind

White House Blog: President Obama Launches the “BRAIN” Initiative (all the links in one place) http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/president-obama-launches-brain-initiative

I was particularly impressed by the dialog on Twitter that fed into the live streamed question and answer session. Unfortunately, many on Twitter didn’t realize the answers to the questions were in the video stream and were not on Twitter. I have to agree that the process of utilizing Twitter was not well managed for this event.

That said, I will post here some of the questions which most intrigued me, with the video for the Q&A below.

For more information, please see:

NIH: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative: http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/


Open for Questions: The BRAIN Initiative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNLjJi7ZSl4

And ….. closing with a gag. Gotta read the credits, folks!

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