The goal of this subproject will be to generate strategic multi-level data for humans that parallels the data collected for mouse and facilitates the use of mouse data to predict human data.

The human data to be generated will complement data that already exists and will only amount to a small fraction of the data required to model the human brain. However, it will be sufficient to derive general principles describing the structural organisation of the human brain – allowing predictive reconstruction of human brain models. This work will take place in the operational phase.

During the ramp-up phase, SP2 will focus on providing a spatial reference system of the human brain incorporating regionally specific cellular numbers, major connectivity constraints, distributions of transmitter receptors, and on establishing the key pathways between brain regions. The data, which will be contributed to the HBP Human Brain Atlas, will make it possible to construct simplified brain models and lay the foundations for age-dependent models of the human brain. The data generated within SP2 will be complemented by additional data generated by projects responding to a competitive call – identifying, gathering and organising human neuroscience data.

What People are Saying

  • It is harder to obtain data for the human brain than any other animal and therefore the aim of the Strategic Human Brain Data Subproject is to data from the human brain, to combine it with existing data from the scientific community and to link it to data obtained in other subprojects.

    Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Forschungszentrum Jülich,
    leader of the Strategic Human Brain Data subproject