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Obama Rolls Out $100M Initiative To Study The Brain

President Obama revealed a $100 million plan Tuesday to study and better understand the human brain in part to attempt to find better treatments for Alzheimer's and other diseases.

NPR: Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain A 'Most Audacious Project'
President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain. In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to "better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember." Other goals include finding new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury (Hamilton, 3/2).

Reuters: Obama Launches Research Initiative To Study Human Brain
The White House unveiled a sweeping new initiative on Tuesday to map the individual cells and circuits that make up the human brain, a project that will give scientists a better understanding of how a healthy brain works and how to devise better treatments for injuries and diseases of the brain. … Called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, the program will be funded with an initial $100 million from the president's fiscal 2014 budget, which the White House is slated to release next week (Mason and Steenhuysen, 4/2).

Politico: Obama Lays Out Brain Initiative, Research Push
Once again framing innovation as the key to America's prowess, President Barack Obama unveiled an expansive research initiative Tuesday intended to redefine how we understand the human brain. Obama's announcement served to underscore the research and development commitment he reinforced in February’s State of the Union speech (Meyers, 4/2).

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