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!
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