Mapping the Human Brain
For the week of June 30th, 2013
Guest: Kamil Ugurbil, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair of Radiology at the University of Minnesota, and Director of the U’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
Issues: President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative; How MRI technology works; Why the University of Minnesota is a leader in this project; Whether current technology is adequate for Obama’s vision; Concerns about continued funding
This spring, President Obama announced a bold initiative. The federal government will kick-start the funding for research to map the human brain. While not quite on the scale of the 1960’s space race, it is nevertheless a massive and potentially groundbreaking project.