USA: Obama unveils ambitious brain research
Hundred million dollars from the federal budget has been allocated to research on brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and epilepsy.
Obama focuses on the "mystery" of the brain. The U.S. president said Tuesday an ambitious project to revolutionize the understanding of how the human brain.
This initiative of $ 100 million, initially included in the draft 2014 budget, should eventually help scientists to discover new cures for currently incurable brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, epilepsy. It also aims to achieve treat traumatic brain injury and psychiatric disorders.
"The initiative on the brain give scientists the tools they need to get a picture of the brain in action and will better understand how we think, learn and memorize," said President Obama at the White House. For him, the brain "is still a huge mystery that remains to be drilled."
Exploring the links between brain function and behavior
This project will accelerate the development and application of new technologies to produce images of interactions between brain cells and the complex neuronal circuits at the speed of thought.
These technologies will open up new avenues for exploring how the brain stores, processes, stores and retrieves vast amounts of information. This in the hope of giving new light on the complex relationship between brain function and behavior.