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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.

A map of overall task-fMRI brain coverage from the seven tasks used in the Human Connectome Project.

A map of overall task-fMRI brain coverage from the seven tasks used in the Human Connectome Project. Yellow and red represent regions that become more active in most participants during one or more tasks in the MR scanner; blue represents regions that become less active. Source: D.M. Barch for the WU-Minn HCP Consortium.

 

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

The White House: The White House BRAIN Initiative External Web Site Policy

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA): IARPA External Web Site Policyjoins the BRAIN Initiative

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

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): Defense Sciences Office Solicitations External Web Site Policy

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) External Web Site Policy

Meeting Information

This page last reviewed on October 2, 2014