Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) joined leaders of brain initiatives around the world in Israel and stressed the need for more international collaboration as a means of making significant progress in developing new technologies and tools to explore and repair the human brain.
Speaking at Brain Tech 2015 in front of an audience of neuroscientists, entrepreneurs, government leaders and other stakeholders, Fattah reasserted his efforts to grow the U.S.’ commitment to brain research and neurotechnology:
Fifty million Americans have dementia and other brain illnesses. 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.
The remarks came during the panel, “Global Meeting of the Minds: Brain Initiatives Around the World,” featuring Congressman Fattah and leaders from respective brain projects in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Israel and Canada.
The Israel visit and panel discussion are an extension of the Congressman’s continued efforts through the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative to build more partnerships between the U.S. BRAIN Initiative and other major brain initiatives around the world.
Also addressing the first day of the conference were Israel’s fomer president, Shimon Peres, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and autism activist Ron Suskind, and the chief scientist of the Ministry of Economy in Israel, Avi Hasson.