In 1962, President John F. Kennedy set the nation's sights on the moon. A half-century later, President Barack Obama announced that neuroscience would be his signature scientific effort and committed $100 million to a project called the "BRAIN Initiative." Its goal is to research and develop more advanced tools to better understand how the human brain works.
That ambitious effort is the focus of a new weekly WBUR series launched Thursday called "Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience."
- "That’s the monumental gamble of Obama’s BRAIN initiative — and other major neuroscience efforts now getting under way around the world. They’re not trying to solve philosophical questions. They’re responding to the growing realization that brain disorders — from autism to mental illness to dementia — are a worldwide scourge, affecting at least a billion people."
This segment aired on June 12, 2014.