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The idea behind the BRAIN Initiative is to gain a deeper understanding of the complex connections in the brain and their relationship with how the rest of the body behaves

The Obama administration announced the BRAIN Initiative today, which is a $100 million research project to accelerate our understanding of the human brain.

The BRAIN Initiative, which stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, will be considered one of the administration's "Grand Challenges" of the 21st century. 

The idea behind the BRAIN Initiative is to gain a deeper understanding of the complex connections in the brain and their relationship with how the rest of the body behaves. With this knowledge, medical conditions like Alzheimer's, autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia could eventually be understood and treated more effectively -- with the hopes of one day being cured. 

In addition, this initiative could lead to job creation and economic growth through new innovations and opportunities. 

The BRAIN Initiative is launching with about $100 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The research is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Private funding will come into play as well. For example, the Allen Institute for Brain Science will pay at least $60 million annually for BRAIN Initiative projects. 

Many brain-related advances have come through recently, such as that from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The team used high-speed light sheet microscopy to achieve whole brain imaging of the brain of a fish larva. They were able to image the activity of 80 percent of the neurons in the brain at speeds of a whole brain every 1.3 seconds.

Last year, 
MIT and Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a new automated method that pinpoints certain characteristics of neurons in the brain.

Source: The White House Blog



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Step 1
By ianweck on 4/2/2013 1:42:26 PM , Rating: 5
Start the search outside of Washington DC.




RE: Step 1
By Kaldor on 4/2/2013 3:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
Needs to be a 6....


RE: Step 1
By jtemplin on 4/2/13, Rating: 0
RE: Step 1
By ianweck on 4/2/2013 7:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
Sure. All in the name of science.


RE: Step 1
By StevoLincolnite on 4/3/2013 1:29:54 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure allot of us are willing to make that sacrifice. :P


RE: Step 1
By Jedi2155 on 4/3/2013 3:31:18 AM , Rating: 2
We can always sacrifice politicians for the cause. Could be a way to cure stupid.


RE: Step 1
By marvdmartian on 4/3/2013 10:05:09 AM , Rating: 2
Except, every time they've sliced into a politician's head, in order to access the brain, they've found a dusky chamber full of cobwebs....and old issues of Reader's Digest magazine.

Can't study what they don't have, right?


RE: Step 1
By kattanna on 4/3/2013 10:29:54 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Start the search outside of Washington DC


what always makes me chuckle about such attitudes is ok, lets say they are dumb, the politicians, then just how dumb does that make the people who keep electing them into office?


RE: Step 1
By ianweck on 4/4/2013 3:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
People get the government they deserve I guess.


In addition
By tigz1218 on 4/2/2013 1:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
The research also aims to develop mind control, so the Rothschild's can complete their goal of world domination.

We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.




RE: In addition
By Omega215D on 4/2/2013 2:00:38 PM , Rating: 3
Speaking of which, you should check out the NY Daily News with the front page titled: BloomBorg.


RE: In addition
By tigz1218 on 4/2/2013 2:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
Love it! BloomBorg hahah! Wish I can rate you up that is genius.


RE: In addition
By AntiM on 4/2/2013 3:44:17 PM , Rating: 2
Is it the Rothschild's, or is it the Council on Foreign Relations, or is it the Free Masons, or is it the Bank of England, or is it the Illuminati, or is it the Vatican, or is it the Zionist? or all of them together? NWO, it's happening.


RE: In addition
By DiscoWade on 4/2/2013 7:27:43 PM , Rating: 2
No no no. It is the Stonecutters. Or are the No Homers club now? I can't remember.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZI_aEalijE

No no no. That is not it either. It is the Pentaverate. They consists of the Queen of England, the Rothschild's, the Vatican, the Getty's, and the late Colonial Sanders.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPMS6tGOACo


RE: In addition
By ClownPuncher on 4/3/2013 1:21:22 PM , Rating: 2
It's the neanderthals.


Outdated Methodes?
By Freakie on 4/2/2013 3:00:17 PM , Rating: 3
Unless most of that funding is going to genetics and genome biology research, diseases and conditions like Alzheimer's, autism, and schizophrenia are going to be affected very little by this initiative. Genetic research is how we are going to be able to cure those kinds of diseases, and watching them develop will not have a huge additional impact on that research. For epilepsy then yes, this can provide very effective treatments and great insights into how to manage that condition, but it's such a small thing compared to those other three. If this truly is just a mapping initiative to developed more detailed understanding of brain-firing activity, then I feel like it is a very big waste of money, money that should be going to research that can revolutionize medicine, instead of give a more advanced understanding of only one part of it.

But, then again, if they were doing genetic research then not only would conservatives freak out over "playing god" but the ultra-all-natural liberals would just continue to object to modifying themselves through artificial means. "Mapping" neural activity is probably much more safe politically... But still, would be such a damn waste.




RE: Outdated Methodes?
By Freakie on 4/2/2013 3:19:30 PM , Rating: 3
Ok, gonna rephrase that a bit. It's not a waste, no matter what I am sure this will help many people and change lives. I just feel like the money could be spent on research that could do even more for brain disorders and diseases and such.


RE: Outdated Methodes?
By daboom06 on 4/2/2013 6:10:27 PM , Rating: 4
basic research is useless more often than applied research is, but basic research also inspires orders of magnitude more applied research projects. quickest advancement in science would be achieved by a mix of both.

only spending money on applied research will eventually stall progress.


RE: Outdated Methodes?
By jtemplin on 4/2/2013 6:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
basic research is useless more often than applied research is, but basic research also inspires orders of magnitude more applied research projects.


So you are saying its useless until its not useless? Deep stuff man.

I don't even want to know on what basis you make that judgement.


Proof of concept
By Armageddonite on 4/2/2013 11:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone who doubts the need for a better understanding of the brain and its many dysfunctions need look no further than the sophomoric "brain trust" festering among these comments. An article about advancing neuroscience, and the most popular comments are from people who oppose the cost of research because they embrace ignorance?

I eagerly await the zombie apocalypse, in which the average IQ of anti-progressive communities will rise sharply.




pfft.
By blackseed on 4/2/13, Rating: -1
RE: pfft.
By FITCamaro on 4/2/2013 2:56:41 PM , Rating: 5
Well you know the sequester hurt everything. Except Obama's vacations and liberal pet projects.


RE: pfft.
By tayb on 4/2/2013 3:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
I went on vacation recently too. I'm a scumbag.


RE: pfft.
By ianweck on 4/2/2013 3:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
One more this year and you'll be tied with our President.


RE: pfft.
By ppardee on 4/2/2013 3:32:49 PM , Rating: 2
You are if you also denied the public access to public buildings because your budget didn't get approved. You'd be a scumbag and a little child throwing a temper tantrum.


RE: pfft.
By tayb on 4/2/2013 3:53:01 PM , Rating: 5
Congress passes budgets, not the President. Tell that to the uncompromising douchebags in the Senate/House. Whining about Obama taking a vacation with his family is just fucking pathetic.


RE: pfft.
By SPOOFE on 4/2/2013 4:31:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tell that to the uncompromising douchebags in the Senate/House.

Some of those uncompromising douchebags actually managed to set out a budget. Points to whomever can guess which ones!

quote:
Whining about Obama taking a vacation with his family is just fucking pathetic.

Spoken like a true uncompromising douchebag.


RE: pfft.
By tayb on 4/2/2013 5:31:35 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Some of those uncompromising douchebags actually managed to set out a budget. Points to whomever can guess which ones!


First, the constitution clearly states that any revenue generating bill must originate from the House. Not only this but historical precedent shows that spending bills must also originate from the House or the House will simply ignore the bill. These facts obviously haven't deterred Republicans, and people such as yourself, from lambasting the Senate for not passing a budget it is constitutionally not supposed to pass.

Second, the Senate passed a budget anyway, so what in the world is your point? They weren't supposed to pass a budget, weren't required to pass a budget, but still passed one anyway to shut people like you up. What happened? Nothing, which is what was supposed to happen when the Senate does something like that.

Finally, you seem to think Republicans in the House are compromising because they "get more stuff done." They have a stronger majority than Democrats do in the Senate. They get stuff done because they can ram it down the throats of dissenting Democrats because they have the votes to do that. This isn't compromise. Paul Ryan's budget is anything BUT compromise. Democrats in the Senate aren't any better but then again I'm not sitting here pretending they are.

quote:
Spoken like a true uncompromising douchebag.


Okay.


RE: pfft.
By KCjoker on 4/2/2013 7:07:47 PM , Rating: 1
Yea the Dem controlled Senate passed a budget finally after over 3 damn years. The repub controlled House has passed many budgets in the same time frame. You are right that Obama isn't in control of those things yet he never blasted the Senate for not passing one. Also I love how when Bush was President taking time off was a huge deal and yet now when Obama does it now it's not so important.


RE: pfft.
By tayb on 4/2/2013 10:11:50 PM , Rating: 1
No one complained when Bush spent 3 months of every year on vacation. He took more vacation time than any President since the 1930s and no one complained. Why? Because it's a fucking stupid thing to complain about.

Now, Obama is taking literally 1/4th of the amount of vacation time as Bush and blowhard such as Boehner and yourself get your panties in a wad about it. You guys are so fucking petty it's beyond pathetic.


RE: pfft.
By littlebitstrouds on 4/3/2013 1:44:56 AM , Rating: 3
Who listens to a group of people that believe they have a right to this land and "immigrants" don't. That homosexuals make a choice to be gay, and that "god" helps them in their decision making. Are we really surprised that people with these outlooks can't pass a budget or live in reality?


RE: pfft.
By retrospooty on 4/2/2013 4:30:18 PM , Rating: 1
I dont mind is he goes on vacation. All of our major issues are caused when our politicians are working, not on vacation.

Take the rest of the year off, and take congress with you. All of you go to Bora Bora and stop "legislating" us to death.


RE: pfft.
By cruisin3style on 4/2/2013 4:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
I read this a while ago so i don't know if it is still true, but didn't every other recent president (or at least Bush) take more vacation than Obama by a decent margin?

And yes I'm ragging on Bush again, oh no


RE: pfft.
By tayb on 4/2/2013 5:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
George Bush literally spent over 4 months a year on vacation. But let's not let facts get in the way of a good old fashion circle jerk.


RE: pfft.
By KCjoker on 4/2/13, Rating: 0
RE: pfft.
By darthmaule2 on 4/3/2013 7:13:17 AM , Rating: 3
Nope, Obama is on pace for 262 days of vacation over 8 years, GWB took 1026 days.


RE: pfft.
By darthmaule2 on 4/3/2013 7:15:51 AM , Rating: 2
Obama is on pace to be on vacation about 1/4 the amount of time as his predecessor over 8 years. Obama 262 days, GWB 1026 days.


RE: pfft.
By AntiM on 4/2/2013 3:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't they spend 100 Million to study how the government can reduce costs and stop wasting money? When do we just revolt and refuse to pay taxes?


RE: pfft.
By spamreader1 on 4/3/2013 4:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
is that an oxymoron? government spend money to reduce costs.


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