Harvard Medical School professor and psychobiologist Bertha K.
Madras, Ph.D., is strongly recommending that a "significant" portion
of the NIH's proposed $4.5 billion 'BRAIN Initiative' be used to
fund research into understanding the adolescent brain.
Dr. Madras made these remarks during her recent presentation at a
symposium sponsored by MDGBoston: "The Year of the Brain:
Advances in Imaging, Diagnostics and Therapeutic Delivery."
"Many brain diseases begin in adolescence during final brain
development," said Dr. Madras. "One of the most preventable brain
diseases is substance addiction. With early, pre-14-year-old use of such
drugs as nicotine, alcohol and marijuana, there is a much higher
propensity to become addicted as an adult. I think tis is a critical
piece of what our federal government's investment in neuroscience should
go toward: understanding adolescent brain development - because once
derailed, very often the derailment of potential, the derailment of an
adolescent, may or may not be reversible."
here to view Dr. Madras' full presentation.
A federal report calls for $4.5 billion in funding for brain research
over the next 12 years. The long-term scientific vision of the Brain
Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN)
Initiative was presented on June 5, 2014, to National Institutes of
Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., by his Advisory
Committee to the Director. Dr. Collins called the report "bold and
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