Q&A: The China Brain Project and Chinese Neuroscience Funding

Mu-ming Poo is the director of the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and director of the CAS Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, a consortium of laboratories from more than 20 CAS research institutes and universities.   China has invested significant resources into efforts to increase understanding of the brain and nervous system. What are the key strategic reasons for the investment and what are the primary objectives?  There is now clear recognition by the Chinese government and the scientific community that brain science is an important frontier in which Chinese scientists should make substantial contributions. It is also recognized that understanding the brain is directly relevant to urgent societal needs such as health care and new technology development, i.e., the diagnosis and intervention…


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