A quick look at the research showcased at the Boston forum reveals dazzling progress in areas such as genetics, "connectomics,"
perception, learning and memory, brain plasticity, traumatic brain injury, and emotion and motivation. I'll (unfairly) single
out a few research frontiers as examples of the rich menu presented. It has been known for some time that there are critical
neurodevelopmental periods during which programmed biological potential such as vision will not develop if visual perception
is artificially prevented. But it is now being understood that brain plasticity may not disappear later in life but, instead,
be suppressed by "molecular brakes." Techniques are being developed to remove, at the molecular level, these suppressors and
to reopen critical windows and reactivate, or re-set, juvenile critical-period brain plasticity. A second example is the burgeoning
field of optogenetics, involving promising ways to aim light at tiny, targeted disease neurons, with the possible potential
to regulate aspects of mood and behavior. And a final example is the astonishing technology to use highly sensitive "brain
computers" to receive signals from the motor cortex and allow patients immobilized from illness or injury to move artificial
limbs or to communicate (for example, by e-mail) using a sophisticated combination of technology and "brainpower." I urge
all who are interested to visit the Web site <www.1mind4research.org> and read "A 10-Year Plan for Neuroscience." You won't regret it.