March 20, 2023

Human Brain Project researchers characterize brain regions using machine learning

HBP researchers have used a novel machine learning method to describe the differences between brain regions using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. The technique is capable of discovering distinct regional characteristics starting from observational fMRI data – obtained in this case from the Human Connectome Project. The results can then be compared to known genetic and structural features from those areas, improving our understanding of brain dynamics. The findings have been published in the journal Science Advances.

March 16, 2023

Curating the legacy of responsible research and innovation in the Human Brain Project

Over the last decade, the Human Brain Project Building has used structured and strategic approaches to embed responsible research and innovation (RRI) practices across the project. The efforts to curate the legacy of this work includes the development an online RRI toolkit. A recent paper explores whether this kind of toolkit can help embed the legacy of RRI activities in a large research project, and what is needed to ensure it has a role to play.

March 14, 2023

International collaboration sheds new light on how information travels in our brains

In a collaboration with scientists from the University of Melbourne in Australia and Indiana University in the US, a team of Human Brain Project researchers from the of Aix-Marseille University has analysed the propagation of electrical signals in the human brain after direct stimulation. The results show that mathematical models of network communication can predict the propagation of signals, and that a model of diffusive flow of information, rather than a direct path, often seems to be a more reliable predictor of how information travels in the brain. The study, led by Caio Seguin from the University of Melbourne, has …