Big dreams emerge for big brain science projects

Nerve cells in the brain of a songbird that are associated with learning and producing birdsongs, from the lab of Todd Roberts, a U.S. BRAIN Initiative–funded scientist.Vamsi Daliparthi and Todd Roberts, Department of Neuroscience, UT Southwestern Medical Center While the United Nations General Assembly prepared for its sometimes divisive annual general debate on Monday, a less official United Nations of Brain Projects met nearby in a display of international amity and unbounded enthusiasm for the idea that transnational cooperation can, must, and will, at last, explain the brain. The tribe of some 400 neuroscientists, computational biologists, physicists, physicians, ethicists, government science counselors, and private funders convened at The Rockefeller University on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City. The Coordinating Global Brain Projects gathering was mandated by the U.S. Congress in…


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