Understanding the inner workings of the human brain has motivated generations of scientists. This was amplified by the BRAIN Initiative, announced in 2013, which prompted significant public and private investment into understanding the fundamentals of the human brain in the past decade. New technologies have allowed researchers to produce a highly detailed and dynamic picture of the brain that shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. This has unique implications for mental health disorders some of which may soon be able to be targeted at the molecular or circuit level.
The series of virtual conversations hosted by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy highlights promising areas of current research and explores what is still needed to address the Nation’s deepening mental health crisis. This event will feature experts on the leading edge of uncovering how the human brain works, how changes to brain function can produce mental and neurological conditions, who are supporting the development of tools to understand and treat these conditions, and “what the future holds” for treating mental health.