New York -
Vernon Mountcastle, who mapped the functional landscape of the neocortex, has died at the age of 96. His original theory, now commonly accepted, was seen as of immense controversy back in the 1960s.
Scientists based at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated that neural progenitor cells grafted into injured rat spinal cords can grow long axons and connect to host neurons.
Scientists examining neurons that respond to gentle touch has shown that people find strokes on another person's back and shoulder more pleasurable than strokes to the forearm and hand. This has led to the creation of an "emotional map" of the human body.
A mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments have been collected in order to fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects. This is a project to map out the human brain, launched by President Obama in 2013.