U.S. National Institutes of Health is planning menus brain

Neuroscientists Please note that the U.S. National Institutes of Health has for you to build a big tent. The agency look forward to September 16 release of “through the promotion of innovative technologies nerve Brain Research (BRAIN) Initiative” aimed at the general public to lay a satisfactory extensive research program.



The U.S. government a multi-year plan designed to explore the mysterious brain

Neuroscientists Please note that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has for you to build a big tent.According to “Nature” magazine reported that the agency eagerly awaited September 16 release of “nerve through the promotion of technological innovation and Brain Research (BRAIN) Initiative” aimed at the general public to lay a satisfactory extensive research program.

“It’s great, but not earth-shattering.” Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York City, a neuroscientist Partha Mitra said, “It is written something, maybe people will view it.”

This report lists the nine priority areas for research, including the need for better understanding of the emergence of cell types in the brain, how they are connected and how they communicate. The report recommends focusing on the development of mass recording technology to assess neuronal circuits from neural activity. It is also proposed that the project is also a need for better data storage and analysis tools, and improve the relevant findings extend to humans approach.

Neuroscientist at Rockefeller University in New York, appointed by the NIH plan writing committee co-chairs Cori Bargman said: “We have not made the most difficult decision.” To June 2014, the Commission plans to submit a final report will improve the provisional recommendations and add the medium-and long-term priorities, which will “BRAIN Initiative” into the next decade.

NIH Director Francis Collins said that, at the same time, the budget situation may eventually selected this area.October 1 this year, the 2014 annual budget cycle begins, the initial report highlighted nine research areas may not get the same funding.

NIH’s proposal only gives this plan is still in its infancy adds a little bit of content – Ever since President Barack Obama announced in April this year, the program has been, despite the enthusiasm, but the details are yet to be perfected. With the U.S. government invested $ 110 million in the first year, this ambitious project aims to develop an unprecedented number can simultaneously record electrical activity of neurons technology, and ultimately help researchers understand how billions of nerve cells work together to produce human thoughts, feelings and actions.

NIH is the three government partners in the first as “BRAIN Initiative” announced the research objectives institution; This report will guide the council how to spend its 2014 commitment to $ 40 million. U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has stated that it does not intend to arrange their own funding of the scheme of $ 50 million and released a roadmap, and the U.S. National Science Foundation has not been finally promised for next year’s $ 20 million to develop a programs.

Collins selected by the 15 major neuroscientist – dubbed the “Dream Team” – throughout the United States since May has held four seminars to prepare the plan after the beginning. The report calls for research to generate the type of molecular characterization of brain cells, and ultimately manipulate any interested target specific neurons.The report also pointed out that a better draw neuronal circuits circuit diagram is crucial, which will allow recording technology along with massive amounts of data generation becomes possible. The Committee also recommended that the NIH, the development of new theoretical and computational methods in order to deal with such a huge institute may produce data sets.

“BRAIN Initiative” is one of several private partners, Seattle, WA Allen Institute for Brain Science chief scientist Christof Koch said: “I think it absolutely should do.” Koch said he also special support suggestions that do possible early widely available scientific data – in some cases, even before publication in research journals.

Bargman is stepping up to “BRAIN Initiative” on the road. NIH planned for this November in San Diego, California, held the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience seek information about this new report feedback.

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