Nov. 28, 2022

How rodent atlases help to integrate brain data

Human Brain Project researchers from University of Oslo have reviewed the current state of atlas-based data integration for mapping the connections and architecture of the rodent brain. These interactive, 3-dimensional atlases provide a standardized representation of anatomical location and connectivity between brain regions. When publicly available and enriched with metadata and analysis tools, these resources form the basis for a shared research language accessible to the whole scientific community.

Nov. 25, 2022

Addressing ethical challenges in artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence can both help and harm. How can we weigh the benefits, for example, by reducing human error, against the costs, such as the introduction of algorithmic bias? A new book offers tools to help manage the ethical challenges brought on by the increased use of AI, offering both case studies and proposing case-specific solutions to address discrimination, privacy, surveillance capitalism, manipulation, right to life, liberty and security, dignity and how to use AI for good.

Nov. 22, 2022

Impressions from Neuroscience 2022 in San Diego

Organised by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the event Neuroscience 2022 took place from 12–16 November 2022 in San Diego, CA and online. During these five days, scientists from all around the world congregated to discover new ideas, share their research, and meet the top researchers in the field.

Nov. 11, 2022

Multilevel brain atlases provide tools for better diagnosis

The multilevel Julich Brain Atlas developed by researchers in the Human Brain Project, could help in studying psychiatric and aging disorders by correlating brain networks with their underlying anatomical structure. By mapping microarchitecture with unprecedented levels of detail, the atlas allows for better understanding of brain connectivity and function. Researchers of the HBP have provided an overview of the Julich Brain Atlas published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, focusing on the cytoarchitecture and receptor architecture of the human brain, and how to apply it for research in the field of psychiatric research.

Nov. 9, 2022

Surfing the consciousness wave

When a sensory stimulus reaches our brain, it doesn’t drop in calm waters - brains are always agitated with spontaneous activity. Like a surfer, the stimulus has to catch the right wave of activity at the right time to emerge into consciousness. Right in between two waves is the perfect time to do so, argue Giovanni Rabuffo and Pierpaolo Sorrentino of the Human Brain Project.