• Apr 15, 2013

    BRAIN is smart

    The recently announced Washington initiative known as BRAIN—Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies—has its critics and supporters. I’m planted in the latter camp. Funding for the 10-year, $100 million initiative announced by President Obama earlier this month will start in 2014 and is to be distributed through the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, four private ventures have pledged contributions. The project will bring together scientists from private and public institutions to investigate how the brain’s 100 billion cells interact with each other. Many researchers believe that brain mapping could unlock the secrets behind complex diseases like Alzheimer’s and autism. But while some scientists praise the effort, others criticize it for its undefined goals as well as costs that are projected to go from the $100 million in 2014 to $3 billion over the next decade—a hefty price tag for sure as federal programs and entities are feeling the effects of the budget sequester....More
  • Apr 9, 2013

    Advances in neuroscience expand treatment—and lower costs—for patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders

    Two neurotechnology companies have teamed up provide state of the art diagnoses and therapy for patients with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and stress-induced illness. Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc and Applied Neuroscience, Inc have released a native integration between B-Alert mobile wireless-EEG headsets and NeuroGuide software. But they also note that their technologies to lower labor costs and expand treatment options....More

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