Advancing Basic Science for Humanity
The BRAIN Initiative
About The BRAIN Initiative
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative (BRAIN Initiative) is a broad, collaborative research initiative to advance the science and technologies needed to unlock the mysteries of the human brain. It's goal: accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers 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 records, processes, uses, stores and retrieves vast quantities of information, and shed light on the complex links between brain function and behavior. Learn more
Watch the replay of a bipartisan briefing from Capitol Hill, hosted by The Kavli Foundation, on a new commitment to support brain research and an update on the BRAIN Initiative. The briefing provided details about new funding and research endeavors and discussed the BRAIN Initiative and the future of neuroscience. Participants included leaders from the United States Congress, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Kavli Neuroscience Institutes.
About The Brain Activity Map (BAM) Project
In 2011, 13 neuroscientists and 14 nanoscientists met at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre outside London for a special symposium entitled, “Opportunities at the Interface of Neuroscience and Nanoscience.” During this meeting, the idea of mapping the functioning brain was discussed—a concept that has been described by some as “the Holy Grail” of neuroscience.
Scientific discussions continued over the course of almost a dozen formal and informal meetings, scores of teleconferences, a number of Kavli Futures Symposia and published science papers. Eighteen months later, the Brain Activity Map Project proposal would prove important to the scientific thinking behind the BRAIN Initiative, as well as a major catalyst for its launching. Learn more
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