In DepthNeuroscience

China's ambitious brain science project inches forward

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Science  25 May 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6391, pp. 840-841
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6391.840

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The nascent China Brain Project took another step toward reality last week with the launch of the Shanghai Research Center for Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Intelligence. The new center and its Beijing counterpart, launched 2 months ago, are both expected to become part of an ambitious national effort to bring China to the forefront of neuroscience. Government planners called for brain research to be a key science and technology project in the nation's 13th Five-Year Plan, adopted in spring 2016. But details of the project—expected to rival similar U.S. and European efforts in scale and ambition—are still being worked out.

  • * With reporting by Bian Huihui in Shanghai, China.