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Transcript of NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins’ Videotaped Remarks On the BRAIN Initiative

April 2, 2013

I’m happy to salute the proposal that the President put forward today, the BRAIN Initiative.  BRAIN stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies.

It aims to bring together nanoscience, engineering, and neurology to make sense of how the brain works—how those circuits in the brain allow us to do all the complicated things that we currently don’t understand. That will build the foundation that allows us then to understand what are the causes and, ultimately, the way to prevent and cure diseases like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

This is going to be an effort of NIH, DARPA, some private foundations—all working together. It is bold, it is audacious, and it is going to take quite a few years. We have an amazing “dream team” putting together all the details, and out of this is going to come a foundation for understanding the brain that we have dreamed of all through human history—and now it will happen!

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health

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