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Lawmaker Wants California Involved in Federal Brain Research Effort

The Human Connectome Project

White matter highlighted in the brain.

The Human Connectome Project

There are nearly 100 billion neurons in the human brain, with 100 trillion connections between them. A federal effort launched last spring seeks to better understand how those pieces interact.

Democratic State Senator Ellen Corbett has introduced legislation that would create a California brain research program that could work in tandem with the federal effort.

“That will allow us an opportunity to figure out ways for tech transfer for new innovation and new, cutting-edge technologies to bring to the market."

~Ellen Corbett, Democratic State Senator 

Corbett said such opportunities could also translate into an economic benefit for the state.

Scientists hope gaining a better understanding of the brain could lead to cures for many neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s or autism.

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Katie Orr

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Katie Orr covers health policy for Capital Public Radio. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.  Read Full Bio