The BRAIN Initiative
The BRAIN initiative is a federally funded project administered by the National Institutes of Health as a multi-year, multi-site endeavor. The goals of this project are to:
- Identify and provide experimental access to the different brain cell types to determine their roles in health and disease.
- Generate circuit diagrams that vary in resolution from synapses to the whole brain.
- Produce a dynamic picture of the functioning brain by developing and applying improved methods for large-scale monitoring of neural activity.
- Link brain activity to behavior with precise interventional tools that change neural circuit dynamics.
- Produce conceptual foundations for understanding the biological basis of mental processes through development of new theoretical and data analysis tools.
- Develop innovative technologies to understand the human brain and treat its disorders; create and support integrated human brain research networks.
- Integrate new technological and conceptual approaches produced in Goals #1–6 to discover how dynamic patterns of neural activity are transformed into cognition, emotion, perception, and action in health and disease.
The most current information is available in the form of a report prepared by the BRAIN working group. This is a fascinating project, and even if they don’t hit all of their goals, it’s a step in the right direction.