MUSC scientist heads to White House

The White House has invited Medical University of South Carolina scientist Joseph Helpern to participate in an initiative that will help scientists better understand how the brain works.

A Medical University of South Carolina scientist has been chosen to participate in a White House initiative that will help researchers better understand how the brain works.

Joseph Helpern, director of the MUSC Center for Biomedical Imaging, will serve as a reviewer for President Barack Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative.

It’s “part of a new presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing the understanding of the human brain,” according to an MUSC news release.

Participants will convene in Washington on June 29.

“This initiative specifically seeks to fund transformative brain research. We sometimes call this ‘high-risk, high-impact’ research,” Helpern said in a prepared statement.

“Indeed, a transformative imaging technology like MRI that is now so common today would probably have been a great proposal when it was first proposed nearly 35 years ago,” he said. “This type of research is so important for the U.S. to remain at the cutting edge of science.”

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