Embarking on an ambitious 10-year effort to understand the biological origin of humanity and society – the brain – the Japan Brain/MINDS Project launched at several institutes and universities across Japan with aims of global collaboration
Brain science has attracted global attention in recent years as an area of science with the unique potential to revolutionize human psychology, cure mental illness, and transform society with next-generation technologies. The US, Europe, and other countries have committed major support for large-scale brain research programs.
Japan's effort, called Brain Mapping by Innovative Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies (Brain/MINDS), is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEXT). The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI) in Wako, Saitama Prefecture, will serve as the project's core administrative and research facility.
Scientifically, the Brain/MINDS project will address a fundamental question in neuroscience: how does the human mind work? The project's goal is to accelerate the development of technologies for mapping the brain's circuitry in animal models and connecting the results to the diagnosis and treatment of human mental illness.
The project is being guided by the Brain Science Committee of MEXT. Efforts will be coordinated with large-scale projects outside of Japan, and support will be provided to the individual researchers inside and outside Japan involved in the project.
The Brain/MINDS project description and future developments and discoveries will be announced on their global website in due course, http://brainminds.jp/en/.
Selection of Core Institute for the Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies project
http://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/boshu/detail/1345444.htm (in Japanese only)
Selection of Partner Institutes, Clinical Research Groups, and Technology Development Groups for the Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies project
http://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/boshu/detail/1351890.htm (in Japanese only)