Thursday, April 4, 2013

$100M for brain mapping project that could help Alzheimer’s, other diseases

The Washington Post, reported that “President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed an effort to map the brain’s activity in unprecedented detail, as a step toward finding better ways to treat such conditions as Alzheimer’s, autism, stroke and traumatic brain injuries.”

Here’s a link to the video of the announcement:

While I have a vested interest, I applaud this proposal. Given the impending tsunami of Alzheimer cases that will start crashing down on us boomers, any research that helps ameliorate the issues will be, in my opinion, of great value to everybody regardless of nationality or age.

The article reports that “Obama said the so-called BRAIN Initiative could create jobs, and told scientists gathered in the White House’s East Room that the research has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people worldwide.”

The article goes on to say that “BRAIN stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. The idea, which Obama first proposed in his State of the Union address, would require the development of new technology that can record the electrical activity of individual cells and complex neural circuits in the brain “at the speed of thought,” the White House said.”

Here’s a link to the video:

My only concern? That the BRAIN project maps the right brain. For example, my brain probably isn't going to help modern science very much. Why? Read this previous blog posting: 

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