HBP – Neocortical Collaboration Portal

The Human Brain Project’s Neocortical Microcircuit Collaboration Portal provides an online resource of the Blue Brain Project’s first release of a digital reconstruction of the microcircuitry of juvenile Rat somatosensory cortex.

This Portal provides access to experimental data sets used in the reconstruction, and the resulting models.

Brain Observatories

The authors of the original proposal for the Brain Activity Map (BAM) Project, which inspired the White House's BRAIN Initiative, are proposing the creation of a national network of neurotechnology centers.

These "brain observatories" would enhance and accelerate the BRAIN Initiative by leveraging the success and creativity of individual laboratories to develop novel neurotechnologies.

Brain Observatories Live Webcast Oct. 30, 2015

Funding Announcements to Facilitate Private-Public Partnerships

The NIH BRAIN Initiative has released three funding opportunity announcements for partnerships between clinical investigators and manufacturers of the latest-generation implantable stimulating and/or recording devices for clinical neuroscience research in humans.

A central focus of the BRAIN Initiative is development of technologies for recording and modulating neural circuits. Such technologies may be incorporated into devices to be implanted in the brain or spinal cord that can.

Kavli and University Partners Commit $100 Million to Brain Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thursday, October 1, 2015 – The Kavli Foundation and its university partners announced today the commitment of more than $100 million in new funds to enable research aimed at deepening our understanding of the brain and brain-related disorders, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

The majority of the funds will establish three new Kavli neuroscience institutes at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), The Rockefeller University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Human Brain Project management contrasted w/ BRAIN Initiative

The key difference between Europe's HBP and the U.S.'s BRAIN Initiative is that the latter does not depend on a single scientific vision. Instead many teams will compete for grants and lead innovation into different, unplanned directions.

Competition is happening via the nimh's traditional peer-review process, which prevents the conflicts of interest that plagued decision making at the HBP.

Stefan Theil, Scientific American

Thousand Neurons Subscription

A new technology-as-a-service initiative called "Thousand Neurons" allows neuroscientists to economically acquire the nVista microscopy system, a cutting edge technology for large-scale brain activity imaging in freely behaving animals, through a $1,000 per month subscription plan.

"There is an urgent need to level the playing field by democratizing access to new neurotechnologies to a wider spectrum of researchers. The magnitude of the mapping goals set forth by the BRAIN Initiative demands a dramatic shift within the neuroscience community," says Kunal Ghosh, Ph.D., CEO of Inscopix.

NFL & GE Announce Six Head Health Winners

GE and the NFL announced today the six final winners of the up to $10 million Head Health Challenge I

Banyan Biomarkers; BrainScope Company; Medical College of Wisconsin; Quanterix, Lexington, Mass.; UC Santa Barbara (UCSB); and University of Montana.

Each winner will receive a $500,000 award to advance their work to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. This award is in addition to $300,000 previously awarded to the 16 first round winners of the Head Health Challenge I.

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