In DepthNeuroscience

A €1 billion brain reboot

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Science  27 Mar 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6229, pp. 1406-1407
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6229.1406

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Last summer, two neuroscientists staged a revolt. Their target: the Human Brain Project (HBP), a €1 billion, 10-year enterprise launched in 2013 and backed by the European Union. They were dismayed by the way HBP was run and by its stated ambition to create a computer model of the entire human brain by 2023. Now, the duo has scored an important victory. HBP's board of directors announced on 19 March that it will follow the advice of a mediation committee set up to find a way out of the crisis; the panel's recipe includes a management overhaul and a re-evaluation of the scientific goals that relegates modeling of the whole brain to the back burner.