Neuroscientists condemn European brain simulation project

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4546
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Neuroscientists across Europe are at loggerheads over the future of a €1.2bn (£955m; $1.6bn) European Union funded project intended, among other aims, to simulate the working of the human brain. In an open letter ( to the European Commission, 130 scientists called for the money to be reallocated to other neuroscience projects unless action was taken to revise the current spending plans.

The Human Brain Project’s website1 described its goals as “catalysing a global collaborative effort to integrate neuroscience data from around the world, to understand the human brain and its diseases, and ultimately …

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