Decoding the Brain Goes Global With the International Brain Initiative


Few times in history has mankind ever united to solve a single goal. Even the ultimate moonshot in history--putting a man on the moon--was driven by international competition rather than unification. So it's perhaps fitting that mankind is now uniting to understand the organ that fundamentally makes us human: our brain. First envisioned in 2016 through a series of discussions on the "grand challenges" in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, the International Brain Initiative (IBI) "came out" this week in a forward-looking paper in Neuron. Rather than each country formulating their own brain projects independently, the project argues, it's high time for the world to come together and share their findings, resources, and expertise across borders.

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