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article imageEuropean human brain project officials respond to criticisms

By Tim Sandle     Jul 19, 2014 in Science
Officials behind the European brain mapping effort have taken steps to tackle concerns voiced about the project from the scientific community.
Recently Digital Journal reported that more than 250 European researchers have signed a letter criticizing the European Commission’s (EC) $1.6 billion effort to create a computer simulation of the human brain.
In their letter, the signatories stated: "We wish to express the view that the HBP is not on course and that the European Commission must take a very careful look at both the science and the management of the HBP before it is renewed."
In response, Nature News reports, the leaders of the initiative have met with the letter’s organizers to address some of the concerns.
European Union officials have said that it is too early to draw conclusions on the success or failure of the project. In response, they have released their own, more conciliatory statement. It runs: "We share this uncertainty. However we contend that no one really knows how much neuroscience data is currently available because it has never been organized, and that no one even knows how much data is needed to begin such an endeavor."
It remains to be seen whether the best scientists become involved with the project. A similar brain project exists in the U.S. President Barack Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative was launched earlier in 2013.
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