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The beginning of a new paradigm for understanding the brain – HBP

This is really cool. Researchers around the world are collaborating on using large scale computation to understand the brain at various levels. This requires a multidisciplinary approach. This article focuses on the European effort, the Human Brain project.

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“The way we study the brain has changed fundamentally in recent years,” says first author Katrin Amunts, Human Brain Project (HBP) Scientific Director, Director of the C. and O. Vogt-Institute of Brain Research, Dusseldorf and Director at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at Research Centre Julich. “In the past, separate communities have often focused on specific aspects of neuroscience, and the problem was always how to link the different worlds, for example, in order to explain a certain cognitive function in terms of the underlying neurobiology.”

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The HBP has brought together communities from different disciplines and countries to work collaboratively on common goals. In the new eNeuro article,,Linking brain structure, activity and cognitive function through computation“, the HBP researchers outline their scientific approach and illustrate the potential of the EBRAINS infrastructure for neuroscience research.

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