China plans to launch its own version of BRAIN, or Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, by the end of this year, said Muming Poo, director of the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The China Brain Project has been in planning for three years and is now included as a key science and technology project of the 13th Five Year Plan, Poo revealed.
In 2015, Chinese scientists proposed targeted research into the neural basis of cognitive function, with the additional goals of improving diagnosis and prevention of brain diseases, and driving artificial intelligence research through computing and system simulation.
Poo said China's investment in the project would be equivalent to the amount allocated for theUS BRAIN initiative announced by the Obama administration in 2013, and that China wouldencourage private capital participation.
Scientists believe the China Brain Project would increase understanding of the reasons behindAlhzeimer's, depression and other diseases, and also provide a huge boost to thedevelopment of artificial intelligence in China.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences kicked off its Mapping Brain Functional Connections (MBFC)project in 2012 to focus on the analysis and simulation of the connectome pathway andnetwork structure of specific brain functions.