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Posted on September 16, 2013

NIH ACD BRAIN Working Group FY14 High Priority Research Areas

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.


4 comments to NIH ACD BRAIN Working Group FY14 High Priority Research Areas

  • Teguh

    Is there any Indonesia neurologist was joined?

  • Kim Hollingsworth Taylor

    It’s important to fund more research on repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)as a treatment for high functioning autism. John Robison has had remarkable improvments from this treatment (see website above), and our son (age 15)had a similar treatment by Dr. Rotenberg and Lindsay Oberman, with consultation from Dr. Pasqual-Leone, this spring and had some significant improvements in social functioning. This treatment can reduce the ‘social disability’ and allow people to participate in society more easily. It has the potential to make people’s lives much better, not just the person with Autism but the people who live with them and love them. I know that much of the TMS research is focused on cognitive issues with aging, but if you can increase the ability of an adolescent to function socially, you can make a life better for the whole of the life span, not just the end.


    I have a proposal on how to map the brain.

  • John LaMuth

    My name is John LaMuth and I delivered the following statement by phone during the last Working Group meeting in MN. This crucial piece of the puzzle was not mentioned in the High-Priority Report, which I feel could be short-sighted. Could you please consider a fresh evaluation ?

    John E. LaMuth MSc
    P.O. Box 105
    Lucerne Valley, CA – USA – 92356


    ### I would like to commend the presenters for their excellent presentations concerning the human brain applications. In light of the ongoing focus on innovative new research, I would like to draw your attention to my own recently devised periodic table for the neurosciences that offers a crucial holistic overview of a top-down nature effectively complementing the bottom-up approach. This dual parameter grid represents a Cartesian coordinate system utilizing the basic neuro-anatomical parameters of input specificity and phylogenetic age, as described further at my website forebrain.org. This systematic new paradigm provides an invaluable grid-mapping tool for effectively interpreting complex MRI studies, as well as the considerable complexity encountered within the human connectome project. As such it represents a crucial adjunct for explaining the specifics of the cortical parcellation schemes of Brodmann and von Economo, as well as the affiliated array of thalamic nuclei. This peer-reviewed schematic system represents a pattern synthesis of earlier work on the growth rings of the neocortex described by German researcher Friedrich Sanides, as well as the parameter of input specificity originally proposed by Rolf Hassler in terms of the dorsal thalamus. This enhanced overview of the human forebrain potentially provides a crucial holistic vantage point for organizing the vast amount of detailed data expected for the brain initiative, and I invite the working group to consider the potential use of the dual parameter grid. ###

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