Presentation on HBP at the 1st World Congress of the World Association of Dual Disorders

Javier DeFelipe (Director of the Cajal Blue Brain Project at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) will present at a symposium at the 1 st World Congress of the World Association of Dual...

Jobs - Link to Blue Brain website

This section provides an overview of jobs posted by the Partners of the HBP Consortium. Research Commissariat a l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives Computer...

Ethics Rapporteurs

Ethics Rapporteur Program The HBP "Ethics Rapporteur" is a scientist, a technologist or an administrator engaged in the work of the HBP who is designated with responsibility to communicate...

Key HBP Leaders Speak at EC Digital Day

As part of the celebrations marking the 60 th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome , the EC has organized Digital Day in Rome on 23 March 2017. This event focuses on Europe's digital future...

Ramp-Up Phase Deliverables - Content

SP1 - Mouse Brain Organisation Approved Submitted 25.04.2014 D1.4.1: Methods, indicators of progress and target values for mapping of the mouse brain (report). Approved ...

Co-Design Project 5

Co-Design Project 5 - Functional Plasticity for Learning in large-Scale Systems Co-Design Project 5 is targeting learning the phenomenon of learning, providing a link between the transfer...

The Science and Infrastructure Board - Content

The Science and Infrastructure Board The Science and Infrastructure Board (SIB) drives forward the HBP's scientific excellence, ensures the implementation of its research plan, and...

Partnering Projects

The HBP aims to build large user communities of its ICT Platforms by teaming up with end-user partners. The HBP also seeks partnerships with large projects that generate neuroscience data, which...

Contacts - content

General Enquiries Project Coordination Partnering Projects and Industrial Relations ...

New opinion article proposes an approach linking brain organisation stages from genes to consciousness

A new opinion article by Jean-Pierre Changeux in Trends in Cognitive Sciences presents a new approach to link the stages of brain organisation from genes to consciousness. In the article,...

Events - Education Programme

The HBP Education Programme provides an array of events throughout the year. These events are open to the  whole student community , as well as early post-docs, and the participation of...
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Key HBP article published in Neuron

The November issue of the prestigious journal Neuron (Volume 92, Issue 3, 02 November 2016) features a key article outlining how far the Human Brain Project has come since its inception, and presents the roadmap for its future direction. The article, authored by Katrin Amunts, Christoph Ebell, Jeff Muller, Martin Telefont, Alois Knoll and Thomas Lippert, explains the funding and governance structure for the HBP and emphasizes the neuroscientific approach at the core of the Project. The authors describe how and why the HBP was set up to decode the human brain, and that the key to understanding the brain lies in obtaining deep insights into the function and organization of the brain on multiple levels; this is fundamental to the HBP's neuroscientific approach. The article emphasizes the HBP's position as the first large-scale initiative in brain research, leading the way for other similar initiatives worldwide. The scale of the Project means that effective collaboration and interdisciplinary expertise, which can clearly be seen across all Subprojects, is crucial to its success.

The article reiterates the primary aim of the HBP, i.e. to build a European Research Infrastructure for brain research. To this end, the article explains how the Project is rooted in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), particularly in terms of the integrated system of the HBP Platforms and the services they offer to users. The roles of the Neuroinformatics Platform as the core of the IT architecture and of the High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform as the main hardware support are particularly considered. In addition, the article also highlights the role of the Collaboratory as the access point for the HBP Platforms. A key message is the importance of international cooperation, and the article underlines the types of partnership and collaboration the HBP anticipates for its future success.

We would suggest that for anyone seeking an overview of the aims, main achievements and future potential of the HBP, this article would be an excellent place to begin.

Read the full article on the Neuron website

What People are Saying

  • Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. This is our opportunity.

    Prof. Karlheinz Meier, University of Heidelberg,
    Co-leader of the Neuromorphic Computing Subproject

  • The Human Brain is the most complex system that we know of. We would like to develop some kind of ‘google' brain where we can zoom in and out, see it from different perspectives and understand how brain structure and function is related. The ultimate aim of the Human Brain Project is to understand the human brain. This is only possible when we understand the structural organization of the human brain.

    Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine,
    Forschungszentrum Jülich

  • The Human Brain Project will become a major driver of ICT in Europe.

    Prof. Thomas Lippert, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Jülich Supercomputing Centre,
    leader of the High Peformance Computing subproject