The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced the funding of 200 new awards, totaling over $220 million in funding. The funds will come through the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative—or BRAIN Initiative.
According to NIH, the BRAIN Initiative is a trans-agency effort that seeks to arm researchers with revolutionary tools to fundamentally understand the neural circuits that underlie the healthy and diseased brain. The total 2018 support for the program currently comes to more than $300 million, assisted by support from Congress through the regular appropriations process and the 21st Century Cures Act.
Many of the new awards explore the human brain directly, and NIH is also attempting to leverage some BRAIN Initiative advances to help combat the pain and opioid crisis. Examples of some of the new awards include the creation of a wireless optical tomography cap for scanning human brain activity; the development of a noninvasive brain-computer interface system for improving the lives of individuals living with paralysis; and the testing of non-invasive brain stimulation devices for treating schizophrenia, attention deficit disorders, and other brain diseases.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
This was reported by NIH on November 2, 2018.
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