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New BRAIN initiative announced at White House
Date:4/2/2013

experience when compared to just a hundred years ago. These days, great initiatives can only come from a broad partnership that brings together government, scientists, research institutions, industries, philanthropic foundations and of course the public. We look forward to continuing our support for this initiative because understanding the human brain is the most complex scientific problem today. To be in a position to learn about how the brain functions, and how and why it yields its amazing properties such as consciousness and deep thoughtfulness, is humbling yet terrifically exciting. It will be a long road but one that will yield not just understanding but insights into diseases of the mind that will one day relieve much human suffering."

STEPPING UP TO A GRAND CHALLENGE

Compared in scale by some to sequencing the human genome, the BRAIN Initiative is a broad effort that will build upon and further advance unprecedented cross-disciplinary scientific work in the nanoscience and neuroscience communities, including a 2011 symposium co-sponsored at the Kavli Royal Society International Science Centre outside of London - a renovated 18th century manor house that serves as a residential working retreat for scientists worldwide.

"Nanoscience and neuroscience are in particular two fields that can move in incredible directions if they do so together. Nanoscientists can now develop tools once unimaginable and those tools can transform the measurement of brain activity," said Dr. Conn. "This is why The Kavli Foundation proposed and then co-sponsored the 2011 symposium. When ideas about how to move forward on such a complex and important research topic emerged -- ideas that came from the scientists themselves -- we were immediately excited."

It was an excitement that then translated into a series of compelling discussions and catalytic meetings. "We want to understand the brain to know how we reason, how we memorize, how we learn, how
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Contact: James Cohen
cohen@kavlifoundation.org
The Kavli Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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