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Panel sketches out plan for US neuroscience initiative

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5694 (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5694
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The initial focus of a new major US neuroscience initiative should be to accelerate the development of technology needed to gain insights into how the nervous system functions, concentrating on the analysis of neuronal circuits, says a working group charged to draw up a plan for the project.1

The project, the BRAIN (short for brain research through advancing innovative neurotechnologies) Initiative, was launched last April by President Barack Obama, who said that the goal of the multi-year project was to give “scientists the tools …

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