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Video Credits: Harken Productions  in conjunction with
Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island

Tucked between New York and Boston, Rhode Island is fast becoming a place where the best and brightest gather to discover what the human brain can do. Rhode Island has long been a home of cutting edge medical and pharmaceutical research, but today it is positioned to be a national incubator for brain research. The proximity of world-renowned brain experts, medical entrepreneurs, and device manufacturers, make our synapses fire with anticipation over the possibilities for amazing collaborations.
Understanding the brain and its disorders is more critical than ever. Diseases of the nervous system have become a major part of the nation’s healthcare budget, costing in the neighborhood of $1 billion a year*. The frequency of many of these conditions increases with age, so as Americans live longer, the cost of treating them is poised to explode. President Barack Obama recognized this urgent need recently when he announced the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) and made it a national priority.  
Rhode Island may be small but it is big in brain science because people work together. Collaboration is the key – between scientists from different disciplines; between researchers and clinicians; between entrepreneurs and investors; and between institutions. This all-for-one approach has propelled Rhode Island to the head of the pack in the development of advanced neurotechnologies and devices that can interface directly with the brain in ways that can improve the lives of people compromised with diseases of the nervous system. These are exciting times where approaches that seemed like science fiction not long ago are quickly turning into reality. 

* PriceWaterhouse Coopers – “The Annual Cost of Brain Disease in 2012”




Paralyzed woman uses thoughts to sip coffee from Brown University on Vimeo.

Brain Science

• The Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS) advances multidisciplinary research, technology development, and training in the brain sciences and works to establish Brown University as an internationally recognized leader in brain research

• BrainGate team won $1 Million prize in Israel

• President Obama announced the BRAIN Initiative; Brown Faculty have already joined the U.S. Brain Initiative

• The University of Rhode Island receives a $15 million gift to establish a research institute to study diseases of the brain; the largest in the school’s history