Monday, April 08, 2013

Diane Rehm Show - Mapping The Human Brain (NPR)

From NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, a discussion with National Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, on President Obama's BRAIN proposal (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies).

Mapping The Human Brain


Wednesday, April 3, 2013 

President Barack Obama leaves the stage in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after he announces the BRAIN, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, proposal. The president is asking Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a new project to map the human brain in hopes of eventually finding cures for diseases like Alzheimer's. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama announced a new multi-year research initiative to map the human brain. He compared its potential to that of the Human Genome Project. Scientists hope the brain project will eventually lead to solutions to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and better treatments for a range of mental illnesses. The National Institutes of Health will coordinate the project. The president wants Congress to approve $100 million in initial funding. Some critics argue the money could be better spent on smaller grants to a number of brain research projects with specific goals. But many scientists are enthusiastic. Join Diane and NIH Director Francis Collins for a discussion on mapping the human brain.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health.

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Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, highlights the BRAIN Initiative. The BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative is a new proposal by President Obama for a new, bold research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and advance the President's vision for creating jobs and building a thriving middle class by investing in research and development.  
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