Obama Unveils Details of New Human Brain Mapping Initiative

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Feb. 12, 2013.

First the genome, now the brain.

On Tuesday, President Obama provided more information about his plan to invest $100 million in 2014 to map the human brain. The goal of the project, referred to as the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative and the Brain Activity Map project, is to develop technologies that can document the interactions between nerve cells and the complex network of circuits that are at the root of human thoughts, behavior and functions. The knowledge will better inform scientists about diseases like Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, autism and traumatic brain injury, and hopefully lead to new treatments for these conditions. President Obama referred to the project in this year’s State of the Union address.

The project is modeled after the Human Genome Project, which also tackled a seemingly monumental task, that of mapping out all of the molecular letters in the human genome. But BRAIN is an open-ended project for now, with no deadline for completing the most detailed dossier on the brain to date. According to a White House press release, the $100 million in funding will come from the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation.

In describing the project, the White House said:

The BRAIN Initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain records, processes, uses, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, and shed light on the complex links between brain function and behavior.

To find out more about the BRAIN Initiative, read our coverage of the project here.

23 comments
YagoMagalhaes
YagoMagalhaes

Hi Mr. President your lordship spent 100 million dollars to understand what the human being and. 

If your lordship or whom hath empower your lordship in your name in your nation, I simply ask co weather events and reflect on all that I know a mind or any mind can tell you that would be the only gsato if your lordship give me podesse . 


But my goal and so explain some functions and that your lordship could understand why it so I get separated from all mankind by not being able to speak but not be understood. 


So I ask the human being and the inherent variation proposit established, ie everything that the human groups to resolve their situation but as he is to her and her objective reason your truth and your life and this life and how that life and treated grating on the complexity of people and circustancias will determine a new result ie the solution of the sum of the factors and how these factors have been established will determine the choice of variant and be the only reason to question the assigned concept 


In an informative jump I say that sadly be the man made up by agrpamento of information these information determining their intellect and that creates human behavior because if humanity had a book of communication of thought that explains what each circumstance and the actions and human reasons until re writing the history of all mankind here on earth.


However not my intention and that if it were not being done by your mind but the cause of her that soubese their actions resolutions etc. are the solution of circustancias of their lives and their actions and the resolution of circustancias of their lives because their lives are their truths and they have to have a solution if not this person lying their behavioral logic. 


If water ouvese one of existences to predict every action and behavior variations harmicas the existence and power would change only one and there are a people and a nation linqua and that this knowledge would have had full power of life. 


Before this I would like to talk more equoaçao the human mind or sentimental feelings mechanism. 


The feeling and relation to the inherent purpose or function established this relation and what u grouped and their response to your solution arising from the facts of his life circusntancias. 


Or is your life and it objetvo solution but as this solution on the resolution of anbiente people and order than this relatively vc your life will determine what u think or thought. 


Or is your life or your happiness and solution than vc agrpa ie an adult or child sees and their ability creates a logic and sense with what he already has so ninquem and live a life that has its logic and its true this standard truth and its determination on the all new everything determined the outcome. 


Ie happiness and logical solution set then all group generate a logic in relation to its ability grouping when more capacity and greater happiness or put grouping in relation to mental and physical conditions determined the behavioral objective truth and that is reinsidira again The action of the person, so always balance and other functions are important and this is multiplied to infinity in a plane parallel and serial. 


The sadness and the relationship role that vc vc expect and how far this example of those who read this Texo had been trite and try more confusing when more had been or that the mind did not expect this intellectual arrangement and so began to tell what you did and who loves to stay strong. 


If you persist was angered uo reason to demonstrate how it has strength and how this had used force to end those words or those words destroir all she wanted to kill the person who did this and aira and this event if I handed him if you want to be me destroira according to what I do with the combined arrangement and analyzed this information pessoafara this to me. 


This are questions and my thesis reaches the end of the theory of relativity albert ensten. 


For each dissia and did dissia and that could be true that he took ai and divided all existence to arrive at certain common simple existence of that theory and the pitagoras Great location great shape and not taken from an absolute conseito but all in all geitos the forms and combinations hamonicas serial and parallel to a determination that I call multiple jsutiça iquaritaria for adding all forms generating all event to an eternal event iqual iversao full of nothing and everything that sphere the sum of everything for all well generating infinite put this infinite and all but it is not unique and siente but unipotent and his inica existecia perfect control and the inversion relation that diviem in everything electron. 


So the first truth albert sought but not understand it and how it related to everything he knew however that may be grouped and assimilated to reach this reality, seeking their true absolute truth of all things and the truth and reason to keep the existence of one objtivo put the human being is the only version that and aware at this point that can assimilate catalog and predict the reasons I predicted in my existence so I can do what I want I have almost total control of every action and thought and my all my volat and what aconetecera why I wonder what happened to each person and and what happened but everyone always lose why systems are not but seek the truth of each to be the truth of everything and never misses

Romibri
Romibri

Wonderfull news. To all of those who suffer or have a loved one who suffer from a neuro-immune disorder or mental illness, this initiative may provide the key to a better quality of life, more dignifity, less stigma related to poorly understood syndromes, and the hope that someday scientists will figure out the cause of what we currently perceive as mysterious and dubious syndromes that only hypochondriacs get. Thank you president Obama for this initiative. I believe that it not only holds the key to effective treatment for debilitating illnesses but also to unlock the power of the mind and what consciosness really is.

DavisJimmy
DavisJimmy

Why cant he kick out the mexicans so americans can have their jobs back.

gysgt213
gysgt213

It has already been mapped.

JohnLaMuth
JohnLaMuth

The brain mapping solution is already in place with respect to the introduction of first "Periodic Table for the Human Forebrain," which enjoys similar advantages to the dramatic influence that the Periodic Table of the Elements has enjoyed with respect to Chemistry and Physics. This respective neural counterpart imparts a crucial sense of systematic order and purpose to the fragmented state of affairs currently prevailing within the neurosciences. The two fundamental variables defining forebrain evolution are the parameters of phylogenetic age and input specificity. Each cortical area described by Brodmann and von Economo corresponds to schematically unique age/input parameter coordinates. Furthermore, each affiliated thalamic nucleus of specific age and input coordinates projects principally to that cortical area comprising identical pair-coordinate values, implying that the evolution of both the dorsal thalamus and the cortex are similarly defined in terms of the specifics for the dual parameter grid. More details posted at http://www.forebrain.org http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8kL3v539D4&list=UUpu6qc2aGZNdzHCSvBdMi-A&index=1&feature=plcp John E. LaMuth MSc

http://www.world-peace.org

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

Start by mapping Newt's brain! It used to belong to Abby ... someone ...

BudgetAnalyst
BudgetAnalyst

It is so they can build a better lie detector for interrogations. They have been working on this technology for some time now. Note the funding from DARPA. If it is Homeland Security or DoD related, a project will have unlimited funding. Everything else will be cut in the budget to continue to feed this budget madness - medical care, retirement, disability, food programs, disaster response, etc. National Security spending is now several times what it was during the height of the cold war, including adjustments for inflation. That was spending which was intended to bankrupt the Soviet Union - which worked. The small savings from the cut back in the 1990s was quickly erased by budget growth driven by lobbyists. The insane scale of funding in the 21st century cannot be justified. It has caused a large part of our current national debt and fiscal crisis. What good is bankrupting the country on the premise of protecting it? We are doing it to ourselves. The odd position we are in is that our own budget is our greatest threat to national security. Protect our national security by cutting the funding for homeland security, intelligence, and defense.

ThinkFirst
ThinkFirst

The comments posted on this article are proof positive that the empty can rattles the most. You can save more money in the long run by determining the cause of problems and taking preventive measures beforehand. The republican band-aid approach to everything is a large part of the reason why this country is in the shape it's in today. Think with your minds not your hate



ccahuas
ccahuas

And after discovering its inner workings, an asian company will patent the findings.

Who's been lobbying here?

dr.milanzm1963
dr.milanzm1963

Dr. Nick Begich: “Freedom to think is 1. Amendment !!!... Even God didNOT interfere with free will”…

DaveBaker
DaveBaker

This project has merit, AFTER we clear the national debt.

Lay off teachers, dismiss fireman, fire cops, and more to save money cause of the GOP.. right? How about NOT financing a NON government project.... $100 million that should be spent on education at the K-12 levels, NOT for some project that may or may not have any benefits.... smh

And people keep asking me how I can support the Republicans. Because during a financial CRISIS, Republicans don't propose to waste tax dollars on "research projects".

Nedinsky
Nedinsky

Maybe we can determine what the map of a "progressive liberal" brain looks like.  Or a narcissistic brain.  The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders eliminated the Narcissistic personality disorder because Obama was a perfect match and we couldn't have our President having a classic personality disorder. 

chevy
chevy

What, is this for real $100 Million for something that is 100% NOT in the US government job title! This page should be full of people asking for Obama's impeachment? 

CharlesHamm
CharlesHamm

this sounds fishy i think hes doing something alot more then just trying to find a way to cure them conditions the government just wouldnt let him spend that money on that project if it didnt benifet then too


DaveBaker
DaveBaker

@ThinkFirst Forget band-aids, use the money where it's needed NOW. We as a country cannot afford this. Every dollar needs to go towards paying for programs that are already in place and for reducing the over-all debt. Adding more to the debt for something that can be and should be financed by the private sector isn't fiscally responsible.

BudgetAnalyst
BudgetAnalyst

@DaveBaker  This project has been going on for over a decade with strong funding support from both Republicans and Democrats. Corruption is deep in both parties, they just have different marketing spin to justify what the lobbyists tell them to spend our money on.

Phyto
Phyto

@DaveBaker  Dave, look around you...you see a computer, you use the internet, you drive a car possibly with a GPS system, you eat food you likely can afford.  Almost everything in your life is a product of US research.  The wealth and power of this country is founded in the science it has developed in areas as diverse as agriculture to space exploration to an advanced military.  At a time of financial concern it is wise to advance research to retake, maintain and extend our technological leadership in advanced areas of science.  To go into an austerity mode like Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain will get us a PIGS economy like theirs... 

MC
MC

Oh look, it's this guy again.

Phyto
Phyto

@chevyAs the US constitution says: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts".  So, given that, what US government job title are you referring?  Seems like our President is doing his job quite well with this proposal.

Phyto
Phyto

@DaveBaker @ThinkFirst  This research would NEVER be funded by the private sector.  Major science is way to forward thinking for such investment.  The days of Bell labs and other forward looking private sector efforts seems to be long over and even then they were more development than basic research.  The human genome was NIH funded, the internet was NSF funded, and the $$ return tothe country has been huge.  The brain proposals are no more narrow than Nixon's proposal that started NCI. All these have paid amazing dividends that have changed our lives for the better and to dig a hole and retreat into fiscal oblivion is a terrible idea driven by the narrow-minded fix-it-now types who have never given us anything but the band-aids.