We do not like to get into politics very much here at Faith and Hope but We would like to admit that something as new and daring as something called the BRAIN initiative, we are all for it. BRAIN stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies. It literally is a plan to fund multiple centers of research and medicine to increase advancements in Brain imaging technology to figure out new and more effective ways of treating brain disorders. This technology can have a major impact in how we treat people in the future and how we prescribe certain medications. the implications can be huge since we can theoretically tell how certain hormones and chemicals alter or minds. We may even see personalized medication that is altered to fit personal needs in provoking better mind management for patients suffering from diseases or disorders such as PTSD and even Alzheimer’s. The NIH and President Obama have joined together with a myriad of other organizations to further the technologies that can make this possible. the meeting of greater minds and revolutionaries with the appropriate amount of funds is all that awaits this venture form occurring. The National Institute of Health has added $46 million to the existing $300 million White House fund that already existed. the other organizations partaking in this task include the…
Also available on the NIH website is the actual PDF link to what the initiative actually can do for all of us. Just to show you all how this is such a landmark idea, here are some of the things that health professionals hope to accomplish with this.
“Cochlear implants help more than 200,000
people overcome profound deafness. The
same leap forward may be possible to restore
vision for those with profound blindness. By
understanding how the neurons in the retina
and brain process streams of information
from the visual world, it should be possible to
devise intelligent retinal prostheses or other
devices to restore sight.
Brain Computer Interfaces are being
developed for patients paralyzed by injuries
or stroke. But the technology needs better
speed, reliability, and dexterity, which can
come from better understanding of how the
brain elicits targeted movements.
Deep brain stimulation has been used as a
treatment for Parkinson’s disease, chronic
pain, and depression. The current technology
could be improved through the development
of electrodes capable of adapting stimulation
parameters in real-time using feedback from
neural activity, ultimately serving as sensors
as well as stimulators.”(NIH, 2014)
The future is now and we have to strive for better quality and service without the hassle of dealing with bureaucracies that limit fundamental and compassionate companies, from practicing what they want to for the greater good.