Many of the scientists who proposed the national BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research Through Advancement of Innovative Neurotechnologies), and several members of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health on the BRAIN program are at California institutions. California has also established, in part due to a voter initiative, a state institute to support research in stem cells and other regenerative therapies.
So it’s news, but perhaps not surprising, that California has officially started Cal-BRAIN (California Blueprint for Research to Advance Innovations in Neuroscience) (H/T Nature News). Required under a law passed earlier this year, Cal-BRAIN is a project of the University of California system, with the University of California, San Diego in charge. The state set aside $2 million for the effort, which is to establish a blueprint for university and industry participation in the program. The law specifically states that a goal is to have an industrial investment matching the state investment in Cal-BRAIN. It also requires a technology transfer program and web presence for Cal-BRAIN. The University of California has yet to determine how much it will invest in the project, but that should be announced soon.