Nine areas of research will be the initial focus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) $40 million investment in brain research. The priority areas were identified by a working group convened by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. Initial priorities include a census of brain cell types, identification of linkages of neuronal activity to behavior, and structural maps of the brain.

“The time is right to exploit recent advances in neuroscience research and technologies to advance our understanding of the brain’s functions and processes and what causes them to go wrong in disease,” said Dr. Collins.

NIH’s contribution is part of the Brain Research Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative announced by President Obama in April 2013.


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