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The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was launched by President Obama in 2013 to advance the science and technologies needed to unlock the mysteries of the human brain. It is a broad, collaborative effort to accelerate the development and application of a new generation of tools to study how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. These new technologies will help scientists explore how the brain records, processes, uses, stores and retrieves information and will shed light on the complex links between brain structure, function and behavior.

The projects funded by the BRAIN Initiative are producing massive quantities of data. However, the full benefits of these data will not be realized if they cannot be easily shared, pooled and analyzed. That’s where Neurodata Without Borders (NWB) comes in. By standardizing neuroscience data, NWB can help ensure that the goals of the BRAIN Initiative and other large-scale neuroscience projects will be met.

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