Second bid for brain observatory

Last Friday, prior to the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in nearby Chicgao, nearly 100 top researchers and government officials met to discuss a bold proposal: the creation of a National Brain Observatory, a network of neurotechnology centers tied to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Labs. Such a network, akin to the type of big, expensive facilities historically built for physicists and astronomers by governments, was first mooted 3 years ago, when Rafael Yuste, a neuroscientist at Columbia University in New York, and five colleagues drafted the proposal for what would ultimately become President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. As part of that proposal, they argued that the technological challenges facing neuroscience require “big science” investments similar to national telescopes and particle accelerators. But the…


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