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Dr. John Ngai, incoming director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative.
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January 29, 2020

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of John J. Ngai, Ph.D., as director of the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Ngai is expected to join NIH in March.

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March 9, 2020

On March 11th, LabRoots will be hosting approximately 15,000 neuroscience researchers, clinicians, and scientists from around the globe who are dedicated to understanding the brain and nervous system.

February 14, 2020

2019 was an exciting year for neuroscience discovery! Last month, several high-profile scientific magazines, journals, and mainstream news outlets featured articles looking back at the top scientific achievements of 2019.

  John Ngai. Photo Credit: Brittany Hosea-Small/University of California, Berkeley
February 4, 2020

Since its launch in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative has doled out about $1.3 billion in grants to develop tools that map and manipulate the brain. Until now, it has operated with no formal director.

Cells in a cerebral organoid differentiate and form structures related to those seen in embryonic tissues, as seen in this micrograph. The green cells are the progenitors of neurons; the red cells are immature neurons migrating to form a cortical layer. As the similarities between organoids and brains increase, researchers need to pay close attention to the potential for ethical issues. Photograph: Alysson Muotri
January 26, 2020

NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded "Brainstorm Project" is highlighted in Wired's article that discusses how ethicists and biologists seek to head off challenges raised by tissue “organoids” as they become increasingly similar to human brains.

January 23, 2020

Today, the American Brain Foundation (ABF) announced that NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group member, Dr. Frances Jensen, has joined its board of directors.

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October 18, 2019

Scientists have been developing astounding new tools for exploring neural circuits that underlie brain function throughout the first five years of the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative.

October 8, 2019

The NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is revolutionizing our understanding of how the brain works through its creation of new imaging tools.

August 26, 2019

A new study from the Allen Institute for Brain Science has written the most detailed “parts list” of the human brain to date.

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July 3, 2019

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May 3, 2019

Did you miss out on the annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting last month? Catch up here!

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November 2, 2018

November 2, 2018
NIH announces new round of awards for cutting-edge brain research

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July 3, 2018

July 3, 2018
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018
Baylor College of Medicine

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December 7, 2017

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Your brain is one enigmatic hunk of meat—a wildly complex web of neurons numbering in the tens of billions. But years ago, when you were in the womb, it began as little more than a scattering of undifferentiated stem cells.

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November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017
BRAIN scientists review the ten pilot projects of the BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Consortium - the groundwork for creating a complete inventory of neuronal cell types and their connections.

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November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017
BRAIN scientists review the ten pilot projects of the BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Consortium - the groundwork for creating a complete inventory of neuronal cell types and their connections.

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October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017
Grants aim to address neuroethical issues associated with human brain research.