The BRAIN Initiative® in 2015: Updates and Outreach

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Town Hall & Reception at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Chicago, IL.

When: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 6:30-9:00 pm

Where: McCormick Place Convention Center Room S103

Additional Event Information:


  • This interactive panel discussion/Q&A session will feature updates on activities and opportunities offered by the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Representatives from federal agencies, private research foundations and universities will be present. A reception with speakers will immediately follow. For details on registration, speaker names, and event contact information, we will continue to update this website regularly.


Program Agenda:

6:30-6:40pm​ - The BRAIN Initiative: Taking the Next Steps

  • Walter Koroshetz, M.D., Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) on behalf of the NIH BRAIN IC Directors Committee
  • Panel Discussions with Federal Agencies and Private Foundations
  • Updates on BRAIN Initiative Activities and Funding Opportunities

6:40-7:10pm​ - Panel 1: Federal Agencies

  • Greg Farber, Ph.D., Director, Office of Technology Development and Coordination, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • James Olds, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Justin Sanchez, Ph.D., Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Catherine Cotell, Ph.D., Program Manager, Director, Office of Incisive Analysis, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
  • Kristen Bowsher, Ph.D., Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

7:10-7:25pm​ - Question and Answer Session

7:25-7:45pm​ - Panel 2: Private Foundations

  • Allan Jones, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Miyoung Chun, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Science Programs, The Kavli Foundation
  • Alyssa Picchini-Schaffer, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Fellow, Senior Scientist, Simons Foundation Collaboration on the Global Brain
  • Nelson Spruston, Ph.D., Scientific Program Director, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus

7:25-7:45pm​ - Reception sponsored by the Kavli Foundation