Special Symposium: Neuroscience in the 21st Century


Live Webcast from Washington, D.C.

Live before the symposium, a bipartisan briefing on a new commitment to support brain research


This special "mini-symposium" discussed the future of neuroscience and the BRAIN Initiative by hearing from some of the nation’s top neuroscientists, as well as leaders from key federal funding agencies. Moderated by Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This symposium was webcast live but is now viewable above in an archived format.


Opinion: Donors, Especially the Newly Wealthy, Need to Make Scientific Research a Priority

An opinion piece by Robert W. Conn, President and CEO, The Kavli Foundation on the importance of philanthropy, business, and the federal government to make a sustained commitment to this endeavor. Published October 1, 2015 in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.



Neuroscience: Past, Present and Future

Six prominent neuroscientists offered insight into how the field has evolved and what they anticipate for the future.

The BRAIN Initiative

Early Successes and Future Plans

Opening remarks from federal agencies highlighted discoveries emerging from the BRAIN Initiative, and shared plans for the future. 

  • Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Walter Koroshetz, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • James Olds, Assistant Director, Biological Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation
  • Carlos Pena, Director, Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices, Food and Drug Administration
  • Jacob Vogelstein, Program Manager, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

Scientists’ Perspectives

Outstanding neuroscientists working on innovative neurotechnologies discussed how the BRAIN Initiative has impacted their work and the field as a whole.