applied Neural PLasticity & dynamics

The brain has the amazing ability to change and rewire itself.

Lets use that as a tool and basis for treatment.

What is the plan?

A solo Aristarchus, or Galileo, or Mendel all failed to change the course of science until well after their deaths, when after centuries of struggling and trying to figure things out, somebody finally said—”hey—what about that ancient guy, whatsisface, didn’t he have some idea about this?” And then with backing and support they were able to show how these ancients were actually right and onto the right answer, but ignored. I want to skip all those lost years and lost lives, and unlike all those early thinkers, I have a tool they couldn’t have dreamt about to get their ideas to the people. Will using this incredibly powerful tool, the Internet, to get these ideas out make a difference?  That is up to you. 

To get going the plan has a number of steps:

1) Generate enough support (or volunteer labor) to start a non-profit organization.

2) Build the organization, spread interest, get high visibility supporters and members to give the organization a public face, which will help further build the organization.

3) Apply to the many philanthropic foundations for added support. This is more point 2b. Until we are a recognized and organized institution or non-profit, most foundations will not accept funding or grant applications. It is that old Catch 22—you have to be one to get the money you need to become one.

4) Start funding projects in the center’s lab. That would be at first my lab. Not money for my pocket, but to pay for salaries (and real salaries, not minimal ones) for technicians and postdoctoral fellows, and scientists with other capabilities such neural modeling. And that is only half the expenses, as money is also needed to pay for equipment and supplies. Startup funds alone for an electrophysiology lab at a large university can be from $300,000 to over $1,000,000.  Do I have a lab yet? Not quite. But shortly. Part of the problem is you have to show you have or can get ’extramural funding’ to be strong  candidate for a professor position. So, I can get normal funding and pervert and spin my research to fit the plans of funding organizations, or I can get funding elsewhere and look for real answers. 

5) When sufficient funding is available, start to fund other research along these same lines, fund collaborative efforts with other researchers, and host small conferences to build scientific interest and backing.

6) Get enough support to establish a physical center. Far too often centers are created within a very specific field of research, so many people all looking at the same problem through the same lens. This can be very productive, but it can also be very limiting in what answers get examined, such as now finding a pharmaceutical cure for addiction.  Far too often the chasm between biologists and psychologists also prevents effective collaborations as well. The goal is to create a true multi-disciplinary center encompassing neural modeling, behavioral neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry to bridge the chasm and allow for creative collaborations and rapid development and deployment of treatments to those in need.

7) Establish the center at a large university to make sure researchers are also teachers and reaching undergraduates to  educate the next generation of scientists. Make undergraduate accessible research opportunities available. Funding should not be an excuse for not teaching and helping our future generations regardless of career path learn about these issues early in their education.

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Like anything else, popular support and money determine effectivety.