Posted on February 5, 2014
When the President launched the BRAIN Initiative in April 2013, he charged his Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues with exploring the ethical, legal, and societal implications raised by both this research initiative and other recent advances in neuroscience to ensure that this research progresses responsibly. The Commission is currently encouraging the public to weigh in on these topics and individuals interested in submitting comments should refer to the announcement recently posted in the Federal Register.
Posted on January 27, 2014
On January 15, 2014, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-73.). In this bill, Congress signaled its strong support for the BRAIN Initiative by appropriating funds for NIH Institutes and Centers to begin its implementation in fiscal year 2014. Language also indicates the importance of investing in basic research to advance fundamental knowledge by stating that “This work may take decades before it results in cures or treatments, but it holds promise to unlock the secrets behind diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.”
Posted on January 6, 2014
NIH will hold several informational conference calls for prospective applicants to the recently released funding opportunities under the BRAIN Initiative. For specifics, visit http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/funding.htm#faq.
Posted on December 17, 2013
Today, NIH is excited to release six new funding opportunities in support of the BRAIN Initiative. These announcements were developed in response to one or more of the high priority research areas identified by the ACD BRAIN Working Group. Collectively, these opportunities focus on advancing our technological capabilities for understanding how circuits of interacting neurons function to create behavior, with the ultimate goal of improving our scientific foundation for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.
These initial investments will total $40 million in Fiscal Year 2014. Two announcements focus on developing methods for classifying and accessing the diverse cells and circuits of the brain; three of the announcements focus on developing and optimizing technologies for recording and modulating collections of cells that function together as a circuit; and the final announcement supports the formation of interdisciplinary teams of scientists to develop the next generation of non-invasive imaging technologies for human research.
Read the news release: NIH announces six funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative in fiscal 2014, December 17, 2013
Read more about each specific announcement.
Posted on September 16, 2013
Check out the findings of the ACD working group on the NIH BRAIN Initiative identifying high priority research areas that should be considered for BRAIN Initiative NIH funding in Fiscal Year 14.
Posted on September 9, 2013
The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) is holding a public teleconference on September 16, 2013 (3:00-5:00 EDT) to discuss the interim report of the BRAIN working group. This report identifies high priority research areas that should be considered for BRAIN Initiative funding in Fiscal Year 14. The full agenda for this meeting and the related links will be posted to the ACD site when available (http://acd.od.nih.gov/). Teleconference information is as follows:
Pass Code: ACD
Posted on July 1, 2013
The American Brain Coalition is hosting a webinar to engage the patient advocacy community on July 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information, check out their site at http://www.americanbraincoalition.org/
Posted on May 10, 2013
Check out new article on NIH BRAIN Initiative by Tom Insel, Story Landis, and Francis Collins.
Posted on May 7, 2013
Welcome to the launch of BRAINfeedback.nih.gov! Here you’ll hear from me and the co-chairs of my Advisory Committee’s Working Group on the bold new BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. This Initiative, launched by President Obama on April 2, focuses on accelerating the development and application of innovative new technologies to enable scientists to create a dynamic picture of brain function. This picture will show how circuits involving large numbers of neurons interact with each other over time and space, and will ultimately advance understanding of brain diseases like epilepsy, schizophrenia, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease. While ambitious, this goal has never been more within our reach!
Dr. Collins introduces President Obama at the White House
I hope that this new site will serve as the place for the broader community to discuss this exciting new effort and provide important feedback regarding the BRAIN Initiative’s scientific agenda.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health