On April 2, 2013, President Obama announced a new research initiative, the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The Initiative aims to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain by bringing together the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as key private sector partners, like the Allen Institute for Brain Research. We are hopeful that this cross-cutting and targeted effort can answer questions and create tools that will be directly applicable to people living with Parkinson’s and the millions living with neurological diseases.
The President has requested approximately $100 million of FY 2014 funds to jumpstart this exciting new effort, with $40 million coming from the NIH. PAN is supportive of this effort, and will be working with Congress as well as the federal agencies to ensure the voice of the Parkinson’s community is heard throughout the process.
NIH is convening a high level working group to develop a rigorous plan for achieving this scientific vision and will be seeking feedback from the scientific community and patient advocates. An interim report of the group will be available the summer of 2013.
To date, four public meetings have been announced – click here  for more information on how to attend or dial-in to the meetings. We encourage you to participate and ask questions. (Suggested questions available here )
To learn more about the BRAIN Initiative: