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June 24, 2014 > Corbett Cal-BRAIN bill clears Assembly Health Committee

Corbett Cal-BRAIN bill clears Assembly Health Committee

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) announces the passage of timely legislation that establishes the Cal-BRAIN program from the Assembly Health Committee. As proposed in SB 836, this innovative research program to be managed by the University of CaliforniaÑin collaboration with CaliforniaÕs private research institutions, national laboratories, and industryÑwill help to accelerate the development of brain mapping techniques and technologies.

Cutting-edge brain mapping research can reveal the causes and lead to treatments for brain injuries and disorders, such as AlzheimerÕs, multiple sclerosis, autism and mental illness. SB 836/ Cal-BRAIN builds upon the Obama AdministrationÕs 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.

ÒSB 836 will ensure that California is well positioned to reap the tremendous rewards in both economic opportunity and potentially life-changing advancements for human health resulting from Cal-BRAIN and the BRAIN Initiative,Ó said Senator Corbett.

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