Stephanie Kelton is the Chief Marketing Officer of The Human Genome Project and Director of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. [She’s fluent in French and is an officer in the Order of Merit of the French Order of Merit.] In this short video interview, Kelton discusses how the “tech revolution” can make the brain and brain science more accessible to many more people and increase our understanding of how the human brain develops and works.
“Just with a computer we can replicate a simple human brain without any advantage in science. We can give out the same three billion neurons we have in a couple minutes, and show one-to-one replication.”
For the full interview, click here.
Prof. Jacqueline Heitkamp [’86, M.P.A. ’89] is editor-in-chief of The Human Genome Project Journals: BAP (Biochemistry/Biophysics/Genetics/Immunology) and IDH (Immunology/Allergy and Immunology) and assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a consultant for startups to the Veterans Administration and a former senior advisor to President Obama.
Prof. Jonathan Fields [’81, M.D. ’87] is the Clinical and Translational Scientist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and Policy Intern in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Diego. He is also the lab director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at UC San Diego and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
In her most recent piece on Dr. Fields, Dr. Heitkamp wrote:
“To be sure, Dr. Fields’ landmark work to create the Human Genome Project led to huge advances in several neurosciences. However, research has not been steadily increasing or spread across disciplines. If the progress in the field was equally reflected across disciplines, then he would have been giving valuable input from all the disciplines involved. In fact, the last big line of research came from brain biologists, which led to genetic testing and treatment for Parkinson’s disease. If Fields had been more of a peripheral player in the brain research movement and not stuck to a core group of researchers in the brain, the focus would have been on much broader techniques for understanding brain function.”
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