Accepting the interim report of the institute’s working committee, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins approved initial areas of high-priority brain research to guide funding based on the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. The initiative was announced in April by President Obama, who called for a total of $110 million in the 2014 fiscal year budget to support the effort, of which $40 million is expected to be allocated by NIH.
“It’s a great blueprint for getting started,” Collins said. The initiative aims to revolutionize studies of the human brain by building or improving tools that show the workings of the brain, from molecules to behavior. Its goal is to enhance understanding of the brain and improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of brain diseases.