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The BRAIN Initiative

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative NeurotechnologiesSM (BRAIN)

What is the BRAIN Initiative?

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.

To study how sensory information influences motor activity, scientists will watch brain circuits in fruit flies fluorescently light up as they move through the environment and process visual and odorant cues.

To study how sensory information influences motor activity, scientists will watch brain circuits in fruit flies fluorescently light up as they move through the environment and process visual and odorant cues. Credit: Marie Suver, Ph.D. and Ainul Huda, University of Washington and Michael H. Dickinson, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

 

THE BRAIN INITIATIVE and BRAIN RESEARCH THROUGH ADVANCING INNOVATIVE NEUROTECHNOLOGIES are service marks of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Federal Partners

National Science Foundation (NSF): Understanding the Brain
NSF BRAIN Initiative YouTube Channel External Web Site Policy

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): Defense Sciences Office Solicitations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA): IARPA joins the BRAIN Initiative

The White House: The White House BRAIN Initiative

NIH BRAIN Initiative Institutes and Centers (ICs)

NCCAM NEI
NIA NIAAA
NIBIB NICHD
NIDA NIDCD
NINDS NIMH

This page last reviewed on November 14, 2014