OSTP and The BRAIN Initiative

The US Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.

OSTP with NIH is leading interagency efforts to develop and implement the BRAIN Initiative policies and budgets, and is working with the private sector, state and local governments, the science and higher education communities, and other nations toward this end.

Jo Handelsman, PhD – OSTP Associate Director for Science

Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Co-Chair of the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience

Dr. Handelsman helps to advise President Obama on the implications of science for the Nation, ways in which science can inform U.S. policy, and on Federal efforts in support of scientific research. Prior to joining OSTP, Dr. Handelsman was an HHMI Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.

Tom Kalil – OSTP Deputy Director for Policy

Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council

Tom Kalil has been the OSTP Director spearheading the convening of the BRAIN Initiative. Tom supervises a team of 14 policy entrepreneurs working science, technology and innovation policy issues such as the President's Strategy for American Innovation, Grand Challenges, STEM education, lab-to-market, R&D funding, insights from the social and behavioral science, and national S&T initiatives.

Robbie Barbero, PhD – OSTP

Assistant Director for Biological Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
PhD, Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Barbero is a biological engineer trained at MIT and Dartmouth College. Between undergraduate and graduate school he spent five years working for three biotechnology companies – two in CA and one in NH – in manufacturing, engineering, and sales-oriented roles.

Monica Ramirez Basco, PhD – OSTP

Assistant Director for Neuroscience, Mental Health, and Broadening Participation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. Basco is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a clinical psychologist, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is on the Psychology faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her books include bestsellers Never Good Enough and The Bipolar Workbook.

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

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