HPC In Focus

The Human Brain Project: six achievements of Europe’s largest neuroscience programme

Connections between brain cells. NIH Image Gallery/Flickr, CC BY-NC
Connections between brain cells. NIH Image Gallery/Flickr, CC BY-NC https://www.flickr.com/photos/132318516@N08/22798807131

By: Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Cambridge; Katrin Amunts, Professor of Neuroscience, Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Originally published on under a Creative Commons license.

While humans have walked on the Moon and sent probes all over the solar system, our understanding of our own brain is still severely lacking. We do not have complete knowledge of how brain structure, chemicals and connectivity interact to produce our thoughts and behaviours.

But this isn’t from an absence of ambition. It is nearly eight years since the start of the Human Brain Project (HBP) in Europe, which aims to unravel the brain’s mysteries. After a difficult start, the project has made substantial discoveries and innovation, relevant for tackling clinical disorders, as well as technological advances – and it has two more years to go.

It has also created EBRAINS, an open research infrastructure built on the scientific advances and tools developed by the project’s research teams, and making them available to the scientific community via a shared digital platform – a new achievement for collaborative research and instrumental in the project’s achievements.

Read the full article, detailing the six main achievements of the Human Brain Project, on The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/the-human-brain-project-six-achievements-of-europes-largest-neuroscience-programme-169184

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