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|U.S. BRAIN Initiative|
On April 2, 2013, President Obama announced a bold new research initiative, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The BRAIN Initiative ultimately aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and prevent many diseases of the brain. The BRAIN Initiative is a collaborative effort among many government agencies and private sector partners.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
To help shape this new initiative, NIH established a high level working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD). The group established that the overarching goal of NIH’s contribution to the BRAIN Initiative would be to facilitate the development and use of tools for acquiring fundamental insight about how the nervous system functions in health and disease. Visit NIH.gov for more information.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
The NSF portion of the BRAIN Initiative aims to generate an array of physical and conceptual tools needed to determine how healthy brains function over the lifespan of humans and other organisms. The agency is also working to develop a workforce to create and implement these tools aimed at establishing a more comprehensive understanding of how thoughts, memories and actions emerge from the dynamic activities in the brain. Visit NSF.gov for more information.
DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY (DARPA)
DARPA seeks to develop a new understanding of complex, systems-based disorders of the brain and is supporting the BRAIN Initiative through a number of programs. One of DARPA’s goals is to interface directly with neurons and create precision therapies for military personnel. Visit DARPA.mil for more information.
INTELLIGENCE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS ACTIVITY (IARPA)
Visit IARPA.gov for more information.
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)
FDA was announced as a partner in the BRAIN Initiative on Sept. 30, 2014. The FDA seeks to increase the transparency of the regulatory process for developers of new neurological medical devices and technologies and works closely with those developing implantable device to record and modulate brain function.
PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS & PRIVATE RESEARCH EFFORTS
Check out the White House factsheet for more information on how leading companies and research institutions are committing to support the goals of the BRAIN Initiative.
The BRAIN Initiative has involved numerous private-sector partners:
Several universities and foundations are aligning their research interests with the BRAIN Initiative, including: