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The BRAIN Initiative


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.

Photo of Eric Kandel and William Newsome.

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.

Colorful portion of the human brain.

NIH approves high-priority research within BRAIN Initiative

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

Photo of a colorful human brain.

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.

From The White House

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

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.

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.

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.

WhiteHouse.Gov Blog

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

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.

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.

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.

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."



This page last reviewed on June 9, 2014

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