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Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

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Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014 08:49 PM by AlexMuller

President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative is generating interest from companies and philanthropies in a sign of wider partnership developing around the administration’s most prominent science initiative, unveiled in 2013. The White House had committed to spending $100 million this year on the project, which seeks to develop new technologies for studying the brain.

 

As part of that, today the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced $46 million in awards to 58 research groups. The diverse technologies the NIH is backing include development of a wearable PET scanner, which could monitor patients’ brains during everyday activities, lasers able to control how neurons fire, and diamond-coated electrodes that can detect the neurotransmitter dopamine in living brains.

 
During a press briefing, NIH director Francis Collins said the research grants  would speed the “development of exciting new tools and technologies to understand how [brain] circuits work.” He said the BRAIN Initiative could spend $4.5 billion on such neurotechnologies over the next decade or so.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-13
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Just about time to put a lot of effort and funding in neuroscience - new technologies are clearly needed to tackle this level of complexity. It is also important to get wider collaborations involving companies Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-13
+1
Most new discoveries in neuroscience are due to new methods and new tools and this is the trend they choose to support - great Reply


 

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