UMD receives inaugural BRAIN Initiative Award

September 30, 2014 6:42 PM

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This grant is one of the first awarded by the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, which is part of President Obama's focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. The BRAIN Initiative is jointly led by the NIH, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and Food and Drug Administration.

The UMD-led team will focus their efforts on the auditory cortex, a region in the brain's cerebral cortex that is crucial for human language communication. In humans, the cerebral cortex contains tens of billion of neurons, each connected to several thousand other neurons. These networks of neurons ...

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