US to launch major brain research initiative

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2156
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

US president Barack Obama announced on 2 April that he will include about $100m (£66.1m; €77.9m) in his 2014 budget to jumpstart a major initiative to map the human brain.

The goal of the BRAIN Initiative—short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies—is to develop technology that will help researchers study individual brain cells as well as complex neural circuits.1 2

Knowledge gained from the initiative should lead to new treatments …

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