Francis Collins, MD/PhD – NIH Director

Director, National Institutes of Health

As NIH Director, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008.

Lyric Jorgenson, PhD – NIH

Acting Director of the Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy at National Institutes of Health
Ex. Secretary for the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. Jorgenson provides senior leadership, direction, and oversight of new, high impact NIH scientific initiatives across the NIH Institutes and Centers and conducts analyses on a wide variety of policy issues of high-priority to NIH and the United States Government. Most recently she has assisted in the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and is the lead staff on the BRAIN Initiative at NIH.

Kathy Hudson, PhD – NIH

Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Ex Officio Member for the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. Hudson leads the science policy, legislation, communications, and outreach efforts of the NIH and serves as a senior advisor to the NIH director. She is responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH and is currently leading the planning and creation of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

Christine Grady, RN/PhD – NIH

Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
Co-chair of Neuroethics Committee, MCWG - BRAIN Inititative

Dr. Grady's research focuses on the ethics of clinical research, especially subject recruitment, incentives, vulnerability, informed consent, and international research ethics. She is currently a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; and also a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and an elected fellow at the American Academy of Nursing and at the Hastings Center.

Amy Adams, PhD – NINDS

Director, Office of Scientific Liaison, NINDS

Dr Adams leads OSL efforts to provide a seamless flow of information on research advances and initiatives to the various stakeholders including scientific and academic communities, as well as policy-makers, patients, and the public.

BRAIN Initiative on Charlie Rose Show

Charlie Rose welcomed on July 14, 2013 a distinguished panel to discuss President Obama's BRAIN initiative, including Eric Kandel, Thomas Insel, Story Landis, Cornelia Bargmann and William Newsome.

This 14 minute clip includes the opening setup and the conclusion during which the panelists each expresses what results they would like, or hope, to see. This 14th episode concludes the second season of the Charlie Rose Brain Series.

Open for Questions: The BRAIN Initiative

On the day that President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative, April 2, 2013, the White House recorded an "open for questions" event that responded to Twitter questions.

Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation in the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency answer questions about the BRAIN Initiative.

Published on YouTube by the White House on Apr 2, 2013

BRAIN Initiative as “Moonshot”

NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., discusses some of the 58 projects funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

Video published on October 2, 2014 by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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