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.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix Monday.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
California tends to rank near the bottom in voter turnout. But some state officials say a bill announced Wednesday could help improve participation.