Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Crystal Ballroom A (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
George Church , Harvard University, Boston, MA
The BRAIN initiative leverages exponentially advancing technologies (optical, electronic, nano, and synthetic biology) to radically improve accuracy, cost, and comprehensiveness of neurotechnologies for measuring and altering brain development and functioning in animals and clinical settings. A key aspect is integrating a variety of such methods in a single brain sample. This includes an initial live behavioral phase including MRI, ultrasound, and electrical/optical stimulation/recording -- followed by a serial section phase to assess RNAs and neuronal connections.