In a new article published in eNeuro, 15 leading scientists from the European Human Brain Project (HBP) discuss how a new culture of collaboration and the age of digitalization have transformed neuroscience research over the past decade. is outlined.
“The way we study the brain has changed fundamentally in recent years,” says lead author and scientific director of HBP, director of the C. and O. Vogt-Institute of Brain Research (Düsseldorf), and Institute said Katrin Amunts, director of Neuroscience and Medicine. at the Jülich Research Center. “In the past, separate communities often focused on specific aspects of neuroscience. It has always been a question of whether to connect to
HBP brings together communities from different sectors and countries to work together towards a common goal. In an eNeuro article, the HBP researcher outlines the scientific approach and shows the potential of his EBRAINS research infrastructure for neuroscience research.
The human brain is one of the most complex systems known, and many of its most basic functions are still not fully understood. There is an urgent need to gain deeper insight into the complexity of the brain to target psychiatric and neurological disorders. This requires integrating insights from multiple scales at both spatial and temporal levels. To meet this challenge, HBP built the digital research infrastructure EBRAINS with a collaborative design approach between neuroscientists, developers, engineers and informatics.
The authors highlight the growing need for digital tools and how HBP scientists employ advanced methods from computing, neuroinformatics, simulation and artificial intelligence to conduct cutting-edge brain research. I’m explaining. “HBP is the first large-scale project to systematically combine brain research, medicine and information technology,” said the director of his Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes at Inserm and the University of Aix-Marseille, at the end of the eNeuro article. says Viktor Jirsa, author of “HBP challenges us to think beyond the boundaries of our own laboratories and domains, enabling us to go far further than we could have hitherto achieved on our own. Did.”
The development of neurally-inspired technologies will greatly benefit from a growing body of insights on perception, plasticity, and learning. Brain research is thus becoming a key driver of technological advances in computing, artificial neural networks, cognitive computing, and neurorobotics. “Basic research in neuroscience is rocket fuel for advances in medicine and IT,” says Jirsa.
In collaboration with the broader neuroscience community, the authors are currently drafting a position paper outlining the scientific vision for the next decade of digital brain research. Researchers across Europe are invited to contribute to the recently published living papers. “We are making neuroscience more open, collaborative, and participatory,” says Amunts. Iving’s docs are publicly available on his Zenodo, where you can comment via an online form.
Publication: Katrin Amunts, Javier DeFelipe, Cyriel Pennartz, Alain Destexhe, Michele Migliore, Philippe Ryvlin, Steve Furber, Alois Knoll, Lise Bitsch, Jan G. Bjaalie, Yannis Ioannidis, Thomas Lippert, Maria V. Sanchez-Vives, Rainer Goebel, Viktor Jirsa (2022). Computational links between brain structure, activity, and cognitive function. eNeuro, ENEURO.0316-21.2022; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0316-21.2022