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Martinos Center Joins "One Mind for Research" Launch

BOSTON, Mass. – May 26, 2011 – The “One Mind for Research” initiative kicked off this week with a three-day forum: “Imagining the Next Decade of Neuroscience Research & Development.” The initiative aims to improve funding for brain science and bring together myriad research efforts seeking better understandings of the brain.

Held in Boston and culminating on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to send a man to the moon, the forum featured three days of presentations and discussions about future directions in neuroscience, about advances that could help address a range of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

“The brain has often been called the last frontier of medicine,” said a statement on the initiative’s website. “Now is the time for a moonshot to the mind.”

Martinos Center director Bruce Rosen took part in the forum, chairing the symposium “The Connectome: Mapping the Brain” on Monday. On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden joined former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and a number of neuroscientists at the J.F. Kennedy Library to formally launch the “One Mind for Research” initiative.