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Q&A: Prof Katrin Amunts
May 17, 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Next generation brain maps – concepts, challenges, collaboration
Friday 17 May, 14.00pm at the Sherrington Library, Sherrington Building, Oxford
The Cortex Club is delighted to host a Q&A session with Prof Katrin Amunts from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany, who will be giving the DPAG Head of Department Seminar in the Large Lecture Theatre at 13.00. Please join us after the lecture for the Q&A session on May 17th at the Sherrington Library located in the Sherrington Building, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford.
Please register for the Q&A session at: https://forms.gle/oVofw8CJn9YKosdF7
Free sandwich lunch provided!
The human brain is a highly complex system, with different levels of spatial organisation. E.g., on a macroscopic level, the brain shows a highly variable folding pattern, while nerve cells on a microscopical level are arranged in layers and columns in a regionally specific way. Cytoarchitecture is a concept that itself encompasses different aspects of brain organization – the different cell types have distinct morphology, molecular, genetic and connectional fingerprints. Axons form complex networks at the level of microcircuits or large cognitive system. To capture the cellular and axonal architecture and to study the role of a specific brain region to function or behaviour requires to analyse the brain in 3D with microscopical resolution. Deep-learning offers new tools to 3D reconstruct images of histological
sections at the microscopical scale, and convolutional neuronal networks support to automatize brain mapping. Considering the size of the brain with its nearly 86 billion nerve cells, HPC-based workflows play an increasing
role for developing high-resolution brain models, to tame brain complexity. To develop such tools is key in the Human Brain Project. It is building a European research infrastructure for brain research, to collaborate towards a better understanding of the human brain.