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HBP Atlas School: New tools for neuroscientists

Training for neuroscientists in Düsseldorf, Jülich and Maastricht

The European Human Brain Project (HBP) is working on the most comprehensive model of the brain to date and is developing new, compute-intensive methods for neuroscientists in order to counter the enormous complexity of the brain’s organization. From September 3 to 7, 2018, the project offers a comprehensive introduction to the scientific use and application of the new HBP Atlas.

The Human Brain Project School "HBP Atlas of the Human Brain: Neuroscientific Foundations, Tools and Applications" takes place at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University of Maastricht. It is open to all interested students, doctoral candidates and young scientists. Applications for participation can be submitted here:

"We have a high-ranking international team of lecturers so that the participants can really learn from experts at the forefront of their respective fields, and gain initial practical experience in dealing with the atlas," says Prof. Katrin Amunts who designed the programme with her team. The Director of the C. & O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at the University Hospital Düsseldorf and Institute for Neurosciences and Medicine at Forschungszentrum Jülich has been scientific director of the Human Brain Project since 2016, which involves 118 partners in 19 European countries. She is also leading the "Human Brain Organization" research area of the project.

The three-day course will provide neuroanatomical basics, including practical exercises, and an overview of the techniques and methods used to study the structural and functional organization of the human brain. Participants will also be introduced to the use of the HBP's Neuroinfomatics Platform and the services of the High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform.

"Members of the project will give many useful tips and advice on how to use these resources and the knowledge integrated into them for their own scientific work," explains Amunts. Other topics are questions of ethics in the neuroscience and EU funding opportunities.