Published On: Wed, Mar 11th, 2015

Leaders of Major Brain Initiatives Convene in Tel Aviv for Braintech 2015

"Brain-related illness such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression, brain trauma and others know no borders, and neither can their cures."

 

Braintech 2015

The leaders of a number of major brain initiatives taking part in a unique “Global Meeting of the Minds” panel at the BrainTech 2015 Conference in Tel Aviv organized by Israel’s brain initiative, Israel Brain Technologies, agreed today that they must join forces to take on brain-related afflictions affecting over a billion people worldwide.

The historic global brainstorm was moderated by Dr. Rafi Gidron, leading Israeli entrepreneur and founder of Israel Brain Technologies, with the participation of Professor Henry Markram, Director of the E.U.’s Human Brain Project, U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, Architect of the White House Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience, Ms. Inez Jabalpurwala, CEO of Brain Canada, John Jeans, Life Sciences Champion for MedTech Appointed by the U.K. Prime Minister, and Allan Jones, CEO of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

“To gather together the minds that exist and see how we can tackle these ailments together… that is the work that is in front of us; to have a map of the human brain, an understanding of the roadways and an understanding of the traffic on the roadways, ” said U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, Architect of the White House Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience.

“Brain-related illness such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, brain trauma and others know no borders, and neither can their cures, ” added Dr. Rafi Gidron, Chairman of Israel Brain Technologies. “By the same token, creativity, invention, innovation and imagination also know no borders and therefore, initiatives seeking the next big thing in brain technology should by definition be global endeavors.”

BrainTech 2015 is a global conference organized by Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) to explore ways in which brain technology will change the human landscape. The conference joins stakeholders from around the world to support the entire lifecycle of innovation in brain technologies.

President Shimon Peres, whose vision of turning Israel into a worldwide braintech hub – from “Startup Nation” to “Brain Nation” – inspired the creation of IBT, laid out his vision for the future of brain technology during a “fireside chat” at the conference.

“We have in Israel right now over a hundred companies that are dealing with the brain, we have brain faculties in every university, ” said President Peres. “This is only the beginning. We are a startup in the brain.”

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