OSA’s Statement on the Initiative
In April 2013, the U.S. Administration unveiled plans to create a new research effort to increase our understanding of the human brain and develop new treatment and prevention methods for disorders such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. This BRAIN Initiative – Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies – aims to accelerate the development of new technologies that will allow researchers to produce real-time pictures of neural networks and visualize brain cell interactions.
In his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request, President Obama requested approximately $100 million for the Initiative:
$50 million to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
$40 million to the National Institutes of Health
$20 million to the National Science Foundation
Optics and photonics technologies – including optogenetics, imaging, and biomedical optics – will play a key role in achieving the Initiative’s goals, and OSA is planning a number of events and programs to support the Initiative and highlight the important contributions of the optics community.
OSA Incubator Meeting: Spacially Precise Optogenetics at Depth
Cracking Neural Circuits with Structured Illumination & Ultrafast Imaging in the Intact Brain
Frontiers in Optics (FiO) Special Symposium: Optics & the BRAIN Initiative: Challenges & Opportunities
7 October 2013
This special session brought eminent scientists from multiple disciplines to present the current status of optical imaging for neuroscience. View videos of the exciting special symposium.
8-10 December 2013
OSA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. USA
OSA’s Biomedical Optics (BIOMED)
26-30 April 2014
Miami Hilton Downtown, Miami, Florida, USA
Interested in getting involved?
Email BRAINInitiative@osa.org to share your idea or get to learn how you can support OSA’s efforts. Opportunities include writing posts for OSA’s blog, speaking at or participating in meetings, hosting an incubator meeting, and submitting articles for OSA’s member magazine Optics & Photonics News.