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NeurotEthics Workshop

Neuroethics Workshop 2014 Summary

On November 3, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened a workshop entitled Ethical Issues in Neuroscience Research on the NIH Bethesda campus. The workshop brought together three dozen researchers, clinicians, bioethicists, and patient organization representatives, along with leadership from the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, and NIH, to identify five to ten high priority areas for NIH-supported research that can inform policies pertaining to either the ethical conduct of neuroscience research or the ethical use of neuroscience research.

Dr. Cori Bargmann

Video of Dr. Cori Bargmann on BRAIN Initiative

Rockefeller University neuroscientist Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., discusses the promise of the BRAIN Initiative to usher in a "new era of exploration" at a press conference announcing the first wave of awards on September 30.

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BRAIN: Launching Americaís Next Moonshot (NIH Director’s Blog)

Some have called it Americaís next moonshot. Indeed, like the historic effort that culminated with the first moon landing in 1969, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a bold, ambitious endeavor that will require the energy of thousands of our nationís most creative minds working together over the long haul. September 30, 2014.

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BRAIN Feedback Blog: Initial Wave of NIH Grants and Private Investments Announced for BRAIN Initiative

Separate events on Tuesday, September 30 highlighted the awardees of the first round of NIH BRAIN Initiative grants and the additional investments by companies, foundations, patient advocacy organizations, universities, and private research institutions to support the BRAIN Initiative. October 2, 2014.


NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research

September 30, 2014 — The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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From The White House
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September 30, 2014 — The White House BRAIN Conference will announce progress since April 2013 when the President first announced this ambitious effort. It will also highlight new commitments and investments by the Federal government, private sector companies, universities, and non-profit organizations in response to the Presidentís call to action.

Drs. Cori Bargmann and Bill Newsome, co-chairs of the NIH BRAIN working group, present the working groupís multi-year, scientific vision to the NIH Directorís Advisory Committee on June 5.


NIH embraces bold, 12-year scientific vision for BRAIN Initiative

June 5, 2014 — New report outlines initiative goals, budget, and timeline.

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The BRAIN Initiative on Charlie Rose External Web Site Policy

July 14, 2013 — Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Thomas Insel of the National Institute of Mental Health, Story Landis of the National Institute of Health, Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University and William Newsome of Stanford University3. Copyright © 2013 Charlie Rose LLC.

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NIH approves high-priority research within BRAIN Initiative

September 16, 2013 — Projects seek to enhance understanding of the brain.

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The NIH BRAIN Initiative External Web Site Policy

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, and NINDS Director Dr. Story Landis author an article in Science, Vol. 340, May 10, 2013.

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From The White House

Remarks by the President on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation, April 2, 2013.

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Video of Remarks by NIH Director Collins and the President External Web Site Policy

President Obama unveils a bold new research initiative designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain, and discusses the importance of investing in American innovation to create jobs and strengthen our economy. April 2, 2013.

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Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative

Today, at a White House event, the President unveiled a bold new research initiative designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. April 2, 2013.

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Video of Open for Questions with NIH Director Francis Collins (

Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation in the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency answer questions about the BRAIN Initiative. April 2, 2013.

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WhiteHouse.Gov Blog

BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind, April 2, 2013.

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White House Infographic

Today at the White House, President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

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Welcoming the BRAIN Initiative (NIH Director’s Blog)

What an exciting day for science and innovation in the United States! I was thrilled to be present at the White House this morning, as President Barack Obama announced a pioneering project to explore the complex workings of the human brain: the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. April 2, 2013.

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NIMH Director's Blog: Brain Awareness

This is the time of March Madness, Daylight Savings Time, and what Emily Dickinson famously called the “month of expectation.” March is also Brain Awareness Month, an annual celebration with school visits, community lectures, and lab tours to introduce the public to the mind-blowing world of neuroscience. March 11, 2013.

Dr. Collins Blog

The Symphony Inside Your Brain (NIH Director’s Blog)

Ever wonder what is it that makes you, you? Depending on whom you ask, there are a lot of different answers, but these days some of the world's top neuroscientists might say: "You are your connectome."


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