The President of the United States announced a broad and collaborative research initiative at the White House on April 2 designed to revolutionize our understanding of the brain. Sitting in the front row for the announcement were three University of California chancellors, including Chancellor Khosla.
The BRAIN initiative, which is short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, will launch with about $100 million in funding from the president’s fiscal year 2014 budget. Its goal is to advance the science and technologies needed to map and decipher brain activity. Researchers from UC San Diego - in collaboration with colleagues at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and others on the Torrey Pines Mesa - will be involved in almost every area of the BRAIN initiative.
Other attendees from UC San Diego included Ralph Greenspan, associate director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego (KIBM); Terry Sejnowski of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and UC San Diego, director of campus’s Institute for Neural Computation; KIBM Director Nick Spitzer, distinguished professor of neurobiology in the Division of Biological Sciences; and Dilip Jeste, distinguished professor of psychiatry and neurosciences.
“The president’s initiative is charting the next frontier of science, and UC San Diego is poised and ready to help our country lead the way. We anticipate our scientists will continue to play key roles in this great endeavor.” – Chancellor Khosla after the President’s speech