2015 Symposium on the BRAIN Initiative

The 2015 Symposium on the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was held Oct. 9-10, 2015.

Researchers from 16 of the institutions awarded grants under the BRAIN Initiative joined representatives from four of the five involved government agencies and executives from 11 tech and medical device companies for a two-day series of lectures and panel discussions, with a keynote presentation from Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

2015 Symposium Agenda (PDF)

2015 symposium lectures

Only those speakers who authorized disclosure of their presentations are listed.

  • Q&A: Dr. Koroshetz
  • Dr. Koroshetz takes audience questions regarding the BRAIN Initiative.
  • Public/Private and Trans-Agency Collaborations to Catalyze Breakthrough Discoveries
  • Drs. Kendall Lee (Mayo Clinic), Walter Koroshetz (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke), Keith Roper (National Science Foundation), Michael Wolfson (independent consultant, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and Alexis Jeannotte (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) discuss BRAIN Initiative-related collaborative efforts of their agencies.
  • Perspectives on Technology Adoption for Patient Care
  • Kevin E. Bennet (Mayo Clinic), Dr. Daryl Kipke (Greatbatch-NeuroNexus), Dr. Lothar Krinke (Medtronic), Heather Dunn (Cirtec), Dr. Bryan Olin (Cyberonics), Dr. John Knickerbocker (IBM), Dr. Stephen Carcieri (Boston Scientific), and Dr. David Carpenter (Siemens) discuss the translation of advanced neurotechnology to clinical use.
  • From Single Cell to Neural Circuits: Classification, Regulation, and Imaging
  • Dr. Charles Blaha (Mayo Clinic), Dr. Nancy Xu (Old Dominion University), Dr. Hongkui Zeng (Allen Institute for Brain Science), Dr. Kendall Lee (Mayo Clinic), Dr. John Ngai (University of California, Berkeley), Dr. Sarah Stanley (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Gerald Pho (MIT) and Kevin E. Bennet (Mayo Clinic) discuss their BRAIN Initiative projects.