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NIH hosts largest ever BRAIN Initiative meeting

Gathering will highlight new phase of Initiative

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

What: More than 1,000 cutting-edge researchers from around the country will spend three days in Bethesda, Maryland talking about the brain at the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative Investigators meeting. Hosted by the NIH, researchers at this open meeting will share their latest exciting results, discuss potential new directions, and plan partnerships for advancing brain research. In addition, on Wednesday, local high school students, acting as science reporters, will conduct live interviews with scientists, via Facebook Live.

Every day, the meeting will have slide and poster presentations that those at the meeting are welcome to attend, including sessions on creating a brain cell census, or atlas; commercializing new technologies; and the ethical implications of BRAIN Initiative projects. Plenary sessions can be seen via NIH's video cast website:

Who: Government-funded scientists from around the country, staff, and leadership from the federal agencies (NIH, NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and FDA) working on the BRAIN Initiative, plus representatives and investigators from participating non-federal organizations.

When: April 9-11, 2018, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Why: This will be a unique opportunity to meet BRAIN Initiative scientists and talk about the future of brain research.

To RSVP, please contact Chris Thomas at; 301-496-5751

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For more information on the BRAIN Initiative:


The NIH's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative ( is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. It is managed by 10 institutes whose missions and current research portfolios complement the goals of the BRAIN Initiative: NCCIH, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCD, NIMH, and NINDS.

About National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): NINDS ( is the nation's leading funder of research on the brain and nervous system. The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

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