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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.

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.

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October 19, 2019

Khara Ramos, who directs the neuroethics program at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, described the emerging field of neuroethics at the Society for Neuroscience meeting with

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October 17, 2019

NIH BRAIN Initiative collaboration looking at clinical research considerations

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July 3, 2019

Society for Neuroscience

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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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April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018
Baylor College of Medicine

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October 30, 2017

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

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October 30, 2017

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

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October 23, 2017

 NIH announces new round of awards for visualizing the brain in action.

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October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017
NIH announces new round of awards for visualizing the brain in action.

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December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016
Neuroscience “is the science that is going to change the way people live, die, and think about themselves,” said Stanford Law professor Hank Greely.

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November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016 
About a month after the National Institutes of Health announced a near doubling of 2016 investment in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016
Collection of press releases from NIMH related to the BRAIN Initiative