The past couple weeks have been big for President Obama's BRAIN Initiative—the federal neuroscience project is nearing the end of its planning stages. The recent delivery of an ethical framework by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues stressed the point that no BRAINI-funded research will go unmonitored. And a few days ago, the working group for the initiative delivered its final report.
Is it bold? It's bold in the sense that it's ostensibly worth $4.5 billion. The figure is ten times higher than previously requested. If Congress somehow scrapes together the necessary line items, it will be a major coup for science.
At the meeting, Collins hailed the working group's plan as “amazing”, and accepted it after a unanimous council vote. The council praised the report's focus on specific initiatives. “I’ve read a lot of reports, and this is the only one that brings me joy. It makes my heart go pitter-patter,” said council member Huda Akil, a neurobiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.