Palmer’s story is not unique. Today, there are over 14 million children, just in the US, that are living with a neurological condition. And while many of these diseases are now diagnosable, the overwhelming majority do not have a cure. This is unacceptable.
DARPA and Stanford Brain Imaging Collaboration helps to bring a new CLARITY to the world of Neuroscience
Thanks to a 100 million dollar grant through the White House Brain Mapping Project to the NIH, NSF, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), a dynamically new approach to how we view the brain has arisen: the CLARITY Brain Imaging Technique. With this technique, scientists are hoping to map brain connections on a large scale, visualizing how every single neuron is fired and interconnected with the other ones in the system.
Since joining CNS Foundation a few years ago I have communicated directly with hundreds, if not thousands, of parents, grandparents, friends and family members caring for a child with a neurological disorder. One thing has been abundantly clear… The science behind the disease along with the practical realities of raising a special needs child is complicated. For someone without a PhD, the technical and scientific jargon can be confusing, especially when we are trying to understand cutting-edge research.
In January, scientists from both academia and the private sector sat down with the CNS team and advocacy leaders at our 2013 Scientific Workshop: The Best Next Steps to Advance the Field of Pediatric Neurology. Through an ambitious agenda, we identified barriers to progress and discussed innovative and practical ways to navigate these hurdles. With support from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), representatives from Harvard Medical School, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, University of California, Texas Children’s Hospital and other institutions offered e
In February’s State of the Union Address given by President Barack Obama, the concept of a Brain Mapping Project was introduced and hailed as a major investment and necessary first step to understand the complete workings of the human brain. This endeavor would provide a much needed boost to the intersection of American (and International) biotech, pharma and scientific research sectors.
On Monday morning, July 30, 2012, we lost a very special member of the CNS Foundation community when Hannah Grace Martinez passed away peacefully in her sleep.