The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative was announced in April of this year by President Obama as part of his strategy to create 21st Century Grand Challenges that stimulate the economy and our understanding of our world.
Working through a wide coalition of research and funding partners, the BRAIN initiative proposes to:
- Map neural circuitry of the brain
- Use that understanding to fuel innovation
- Employ innovation to create new tools and technologies to address brain injury and disease and devise ways to prevent those conditions
Besides the advancement of knowledge and the jobs that will rise from innovation, what does BRAIN mean to you or me? With yet to be stated research goals, in your busy day of work and stress, how can it help you?
Accidents happen every day to ordinary people like you and me, going to work, or driving to the store. Some of those accidents inevitably cause trauma to the brain. Our firm works hard to obtain compensation for individuals and their families whose lives are permanently altered by brain injury.
Right now, understanding of the brain, and the spinal cord, does not provide much hope for full recovery for our clients. Results from the BRAIN initiative, like the human genome sequencing project, might someday provide that hope.
It is the human brain that has created the world in which we live. It is about time we explore how we might better protect that most precious asset from injury and from disease. Maybe BRAIN will help us do that.