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Monday, February 18, 2013

President Proposing Ten-Year Brain Study Project

An image of the human brain from Gray's Anatomy. (Wikimedia Commons)

An image of the human brain from Gray’s Anatomy. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Obama administration is planning a large, long term effort to understand and map the human brain, according to a story by John Markoff in The New York Times.

The brain study is modeled after the Human Genome Project, funded under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, which provided the map of the human genome that is now the basis of new scientific efforts to cure diseases like cancer.

The brain study is projected to take 10 years and put the U.S. in the lead on understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as mental illness.

There is no projected budget at the moment, but Markoff writes that the White House may unveil the study as soon as next month.

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  • Clara

    I think the issue here is that the President has major “head” problems.
    Someone needs to study why this dictator is doing what he does for policies.
    Are they or his own making or on advice of his “handlers” and “puppet master”.
    Otherwise the guy is a real Obamination.

  • http://twitter.com/Zach_VanNatta Zach VanNatta

    Well, as a metric system advocate, I like this focus on STEM. Our recent petition ( wh.gov/UazQ ) which was sponsored partly by reddit.com/r/metric , might even get a positive response from the BO administration. It’s awesome that we can be the top producer of new scientific findings, I just wish that the public had the resources to interpret these findings better than they do now.

  • Ed

    A few thoughts on this subject.

    One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine —-  William Osler
    A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.    —Joan Welsh

    The doctor of the  future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Edison…

    He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.  ~Benjamin FranklinThe field of Western medicine has become literally nothing but medicine.  Doctors are on their way out, to be replaced byself-serve pharmaceutical vending machines.  ~Grey Livingston

  • JV

    a ten year “brian” study?   check your headline …. funny

    • Rachel Rohr, Here & Now

      Fixed – thanks!

  • Gula

    Too bad your people can’t spell “brain” properly.
    Is that due to the dumbing down of the educational they went through?

    • Steve

      I get your message here. I assume that the “system” was to proceed “educational”.
      I would have to agree that Obama needs to concentrate on the priorities of what the American people wish. That be on the economy and jobs.
      If you are going to study brains, Mr. Obama, then start with that of say Dick Cheney or Henry Kissinger, two known war criminals.

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