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article imageU.S. and Europe get their heads together

By Tim Sandle     Mar 22, 2014 in Science
Europe and the U.S. have launched a collaboration linking their government-backed initiatives to study the human brain and nervous system.
As reported by Digital Journal, during April 2013, President Barack Obama introduced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, with an initial $100 million in federal funds dedicated to better understanding human brain activity.
Six months later, the European Union launched its €1-billion Human Brain Project (HBP). Now it has been announced that the two projects have decided to join forces. The two projects aim to generate a comprehensive picture of the human brain’s structure and function.
Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA), who sits on the House panel that oversees funding for several US science agencies told Nature: "The brain is something that has defied understanding. You can’t imagine a more important scientific cooperation."
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