President Barack Obama and Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, at the BRAIN Initiative event in the White House, April 2, 2013.
To make the most of these opportunities key public and private investors are launching this effort with funding in the President’s FY 2014 budget.
To make the most of these opportunities, the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation are launching this effort with funding in the President’s FY 2014 budget.
Key private sectors partners The Allen Institute for Brain Science,Howard Hughes Medical Institute,Kavli Foundation made important commitment to support the brain initiative.

Background of The Brain Initiative Project

In the last decade alone, scientists have made a number of landmark discoveries that now create the opportunity to unlock the mysteries of the brain, including the sequencing of the human genome, the development of new tools for mapping neuronal connections, the increasing resolution of imaging technologies, and the explosion of nanoscience. These breakthroughs have paved the way for unprecedented collaboration and discovery across scientific fields. For instance, by combining advanced genetic and optical techniques, scientists can now use pulses of light to determine how specific cell activities in the brain affect behavior. In addition, through the integration of neuroscience and physics, researchers can now use high-resolution imaging technologies to observe how the brain is structurally and functionally connected in living humans.

While these technological innovations have contributed substantially to our expanding knowledge of the brain, significant breakthroughs in how we treat neurological and psychiatric disease will require a new generation of tools to enable researchers to record signals from brain cells in much greater numbers and at even faster speeds. This cannot currently be achieved, but great promise for developing such technologies lies at the intersections of nanoscience, imaging, engineering, informatics, and other rapidly emerging fields of science and engineering.

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Goals


  • Understand how brain activity leads to perception, decision making and ultimately action
    $60 MILLION ANNUALLY.

    – THE ALLEN INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN SCIENCE

  • Develop new imaging technologies and understand how information is stored and processed in neural networks
    $30 MILLION ANNUALLY

    - HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE

  • Provide the knowledge for addressing debilitating diseases and conditions
    $4 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR 10 YRS

    KAVLI FOUNDATION
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    Produce a sophisticated understanding of the brain, from individual genes to neuronal circuits to behavior
    $28 MILLION

    - SALK INSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGICAL STUDIES OCULOMOTOR NEURONS
Mission

Mission

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.
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Investors

Investors

Key Investments to Launch Brain Initiative:To make the most of these opportunities, the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation are launching this effort with funding in the President’s FY 2014 budget.
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Future Outcomes

Future Outcomes

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.
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Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative NeuroTechnologies

Approximate investment to give scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain and better understand how we think, learn, and remember.