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Count Bobulescu
07-04-2013, 04:34 AM
Obama announced this week the beginning of a multi year program to map the brain. He is including $100m for it in next year's budget. It is expected the program will take well over a decade, and ultimately cost billions. It is considered to be a much more complex task than unlocking the genome. It's the moonshot of our time. Given the timescale of the project, I expect posting in this thread to be light for a couple of years.:D

Here are a few pieces on it.

First a WaPo editorial offering perspective, then two short vids of Obama's announcement and of an interview with the boss of the National Institutes of Health who will oversee the project, along with DARPA, defense advanced research agency. The people who brought you the interwebs.

Federal dollars for mapping the brain (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/federal-dollars-for-mapping-the-brain/2013/04/05/8316a462-9e00-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html)

The president proposes to invest in brain research, but what does that mean?

Obama outlines human brain-mapping initiative (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-outlines-human-brain-mapping-initiative/2013/04/02/4fc460b2-9b9a-11e2-9a79-eb5280c81c63_story.html)
President cast the proposal as a way to discover new cures for diseases and help the economy

NIH director explains push for brain mapping (http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/thefold/nih-director-explains-push-for-brain-mapping/2013/04/02/3b3f8ad4-9bd3-11e2-9bda-edd1a7fb557d_video.html)

Dr. Francis Collins says the $100 million initiative to understand the brain is the first step in a scientific
pursuit more challenging than the Human Genome Project.

Judy's Notebook | Mapping the Brain: "Something We Can All ... (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/04/judys-notebook-mapping-the-brain-something-we-can-all-cheer.html)

PBS NewsHour (blog)-Apr 4, 2013
President Obama staged a White House ceremony to describe an ambitious project his administration is launching to map the brain and better

C. Flower
07-04-2013, 11:21 AM
No point in mapping it if it remains unused.

08-04-2013, 02:45 PM
No point in mapping it if it remains unused.

There is every point in mapping it as we could see a section of our brains that we could turn into an extra section to deal with Alzehimers etc. Eg stem cells could turn one area of the brain that has been destroyed by the plaque that builds up in Alzheimers into a section of the brain that could restore basic functions so that whilst one part may be destroyed another section remains that can be used to offset the damage. Im not too sure my theory has much validity but that is the basic principles of stem cell research. We also do not know what the potential is of the brain and further studies may yield sections we lost in evolution in modern day and give us an insight into mental illness and learning difficulties. Its a good move by Obama.