5 Facts on Obama's BRAIN Intiative

April 2, 2013
By Allie Gregory | 4 comments

Today President Obama unveiled the BRAIN initiative. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is "the next great American project." The White House describes the brain project as "a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and advance the president's vision for creating jobs and building a thriving middle class by investing in research and development."

Here's Five Facts on BRAIN:

1. It is designed to map the inner workings of the brain, seeking answers to challenges such as epilepsy, autism, and Alzheimer's disease. 

2. Job creation - the project would lead to developing technologies at the intersections of nanoscience, imaging, engineering, informatics, and other rapidly emerging fields of science and engineering - all opening new innovative careers for American students.

3. Three government agencies are uniting to lead the project: The National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation.

4. All of this for just $100 million - miniscule by government spending standards (after all, the comparable, Human Genome Project was three BILLION).

5. Fact: It's about time. "As humans we can identify galaxies light-years away, study particles smaller than an atom but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter than sits between our ears."

For more, WATCH HERE:

DFA applauds innovative efforts for progress. After all, as President Obama said: "We are a nation of dreamers and risktakers." What do you think of the BRAIN initiative? And what dream projects would you like to see the government invest in?


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The common element that binds epilepsy, autism and Alzheimer's together is simply the free amino acid, L-glutamic acid used in the body as a neurotransmitter and also known as the business end of the food additive MSG. The latest drugs out to treat these three disorders are all glutamate blockers - Topiramate (epilepsy, binge eating, migraine), Risperadol, (autism), Memantine or Namenda (autism and Alzheimer's). They also use MSG in laboratory settings to reliably induce these three diseases in test animals for studies. I am a former food process engineer and I know it is standard medical advice to avoid MSG in foods for those with epilepsy. 1/3 of kids with autism also have epilepsy. So why is MSG in vaccines and hidden behind "natural flavors"? That is what I want to see investigated. How removing free glutamate from the diet and vaccines helps individuals with all three of these disorders avoid the need for glutamate-blocking drugs. I would like to see the seizure-inducing additive MSG and free glutamic acid completely removed from childhood vaccines and labeled properly on foods for anyone who wishes to avoid it.

Carol Hoernlein

The common element that binds epilepsy, autism and Alzheimer's together is simply the free amino acid, L-glutamic acid used in the body as a neurotransmitter and also known as the business end of the food additive MSG. The latest drugs out to treat these three disorders are all glutamate blockers - Topiramate (epilepsy, binge eating, migraine), Risperadol, (autism), Memantine or Namenda (autism and Alzheimer's). They also use MSG in laboratory settings to reliably induce these three diseases in test animals for studies. I am a former food process engineer and I know it is standard medical advice to avoid MSG in foods for those with epilepsy. 1/3 of kids with autism also have epilepsy. So why is MSG in vaccines and hidden behind "natural flavors"? That is what I want to see investigated. How removing free glutamate from the diet and vaccines helps individuals with all three of these disorders avoid the need for glutamate-blocking drugs. I would like to see the seizure-inducing additive MSG and free glutamic acid completely removed from childhood vaccines and labeled properly on foods for anyone who wishes to avoid it.

Carol Hoernlein

We are long overdue in debating the investment bigtime in the future of our nation by way of increasing the national gas tax. Perhaps good debate will prepare us for the day in 2015 that our (then) newly "cleansed" House of Representatives will have a chance of actually passing a law that is the result of that debate. Passage will lead to millions of good jobs. The "cleansing" has a chance if Progressive leaders will just remind Americans (loud and often) that our dysfunctional Congress is a direct result of the 2010 election in which few "reasonable" voters actually engaged ... big money and corps sure did engage. My favorite old timer comment is: we have a big mess in this country and we damn well deserve it. We forget that voters that "get themselves informed" always trump money, corporations and Fox News propaganda ... I envision a regular theme for 2014 as ... "We can't do this just every four years, we have to pay attention and vote every two years." Allan 4-3-13

Allan Vaughan

As a psychiatric nurse practitioner practicing at a federally qualified community health clinic in the Rocky Mountain west, I see a large number of patients who are still suffering from brain trauma or disease. I welcome the administration's advocacy of brain research, there is a great need for new knowledge in diagnosing and treating brain disorders. Thank you!!

John Honsky
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