The Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is part of an ambitious, public-private collaborative effort aimed at developing new experimental tools that will revolutionize our understanding of the brain.
Launched in 2013, the BRAIN Initiative is revealing how the brain works, by developing and applying tools to precisely map and observe brain circuits.
The brain is the most complex part in the human body. This three-pound organ is responsible for our intelligence, interpreting sensation, initiating body movement, and controlling all of our behaviors.
While most of the information processing in the brain occurs in the cerebral cortex, scientists have identified hundreds of unique and specialized areas of the brain that work together — much like a committee of experts — to help us function our entire lives. Our ability to better treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders depends on our ability to advance our understanding of how the brain functions in both health and disease.