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National Science Foundation BRAIN Workshop Report e-Published on IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Date:10/1/2013

Piscataway, NJ (PRWEB) October 01, 2013

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) today announced the publication of, “Grand Challenges in Mapping the Human Brain: NSF Workshop Report,” which summarizes the outcomes of the National Science Foundation Workshop on Mapping and Engineering the Brain, held in Arlington, Virginia on August 13 and 14, 2013. The purpose of the Workshop was to convene the brightest minds in neuroscience, engineering, and other related fields, to lay the groundwork necessary to meet President Obama’s “Grand Challenge” – a broad new research initiative that is designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain, aptly known as the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative.

As is explained in the peer-reviewed report, which is today e-published in its entirety on IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, an EMBS publication, thirty-three Workshop participants from academic institutions around the country met over the course of two days for intense discussions on the best way to accomplish what once seemed impossible: to successfully map the entire human brain. Attendees participated in one of four breakout sessions: spatiotemporal brain mapping, multiscale neuroimaging of brain activation and function, engineering challenges in brain mapping and data analysis, and neurotechnologies for maintaining and augmenting the human brain.

At the end of the Workshop, all participants identified and agreed upon three grand challenges that mus
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