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June 3, 2014 > Legislation creating California Brain Mapping Research Program passes Senate

Legislation creating California Brain Mapping Research Program passes Senate

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

On May 28, the California State Senate unanimously passed important bipartisan legislation by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) that establishes the Cal-BRAIN programÑan innovative research program to be managed by the University of California, in partnership with CaliforniaÕs public and private research institutions, national laboratories, and industry, to accelerate the development of brain mapping techniques and technologies.

Last year, the Obama Administration unveiled the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) InitiativeÑa collaborative project that will map the activity of every neuron in the human brain with a proposed investment of up to $3 billion over ten years.

Cal-BRAIN, as proposed in SB 836, calls for the formation of a new California-based research program to complement the federal BRAIN Initiative effort. This tremendous research opportunity may reveal new and advanced ways to treat, prevent and cure brain disorders, such as autism, AlzheimerÕs, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and mental illness.

ÒSB 836 harnesses the economic potential of brain mapping technologies to situate California front and center in newly emerging scientific research that is poised to create jobs and industries of the future, while also improving lives,Ó Senator Corbett said.

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