Science and technology can play a key role in addressing many of the nation’s most pressing problems. It is rarely the case, however, that the appropriate technical solutions are available and waiting for application; most often, a significant scientific gap must first be bridged. Thus, science-based solutions require consideration of tractability and of whether the necessary trained personnel and technological resources exist. However, now is the right time for a substantial science-based assault on disorders of the brain. This thesis is based on the conjunction of a large and still growing societal burden of brain disorders,1- 4 with significant scientific opportunity resulting from the growing maturity of neuroscience and related disciplines; the recent emergence of relevant tools and technologies, eg, from the Human Genome Project and the US BRAIN (Brain Research Through Advances in Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative; and the quality and number of personnel in the field.
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