BRAIN News Spotlight
NIH BRAIN Initiative launches projects to develop innovative technologies to map the brain in incredible detail
In the human brain, 86 billion neurons form more than 100 trillion connections with other neurons at junctions called synapses. Scientists are now working on an ambitious effort to develop technologies to map these connections across the brain, from mice to humans.View Spotlight Article
The NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative continues to teach us about the world’s most sophisticated computer: the human brain. This striking image offers a spectacular case in point, thanks to a new tool called Visual Neuronal Dynamics (VND).
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, which is an NIH-led project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain, happens to have generated some of the coolest—and most informative—imagery now available in neuroscience. So, throughout the month of August, I’ll share some of the entries from the initiative’s latest Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo and Video Contest.
NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded study opens the door to correlating deep brain activity and behavior
Success in flies and worms has inspired several efforts to reconstruct more complex mammalian brain circuits. Reconstructing a whole mouse brain using electron microscopy is the next logical step, but scaling from a fly to a mouse brain presents serious challenges.
The most comprehensive wiring map to date of the fruit fly brain has transformed the field of neuroscience, identifying new cell types and reconfiguring circuit models. Are neuroscientists now ready to tackle the mouse brain?
For the first time, scientists have recorded how our brains navigate physical space and keep track of others’ location.
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The BRAIN Blog covers updates and announcements on BRAIN Initiative research, events, and news. Hear from BRAIN Initiative trainees, learn about new scientific advancements, find out about recent funding opportunities, and more.