The Mayo Clinic Symposium on the BRAIN Initiative

In 2013, President Obama announced a major multiagency federal research project called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, with the goal of developing technologies to improve understanding of brain function.

Under the BRAIN Initiative, five agencies — the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Food and Drug Administration — are collaborating with multiple private groups — including the Kavli Foundation, the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute — to support researchers working in the neuroscience field.

The Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory received one of the first grants under the initiative, a U01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The grant will help the lab develop both durable, long-lived electrodes for recording human brain function and techniques to measure the absolute concentrations of neurotransmitters in the brain.

In support of the BRAIN Initiative's mission, the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory hosts biennial symposia on the BRAIN Initiative, inviting stakeholders in the project to attend, network and discuss their latest work.

Find presentations and information about past and future symposia: