Micrometre by Micrometre: Decoding the Human Brain with AI

The starting signal has been given: the German-Canadian Helmholtz International BigBrain Analytics and Learning Laboratory (HIBALL) takes up its work. The goal: a three-dimensional brain atlas at a cellular resolution level. The method: the close integration of artificial intelligence, supercomputing and neuroscience. Involved are: more than 40 scientists.

Seeing Opportunity in the Coronavirus Crisis

During the coronavirus crisis, scientists are often being asked to take part in interviews and discussions. Even complex topics related to virology and statistics have become popular. In this interview, Jülich expert Prof. Hans Peter Peters explains why this is the case. He addresses public opinion on science and technology.

Coronavirus and Air Quality in the Rhineland 

What impact is the shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic having on air quality in the Rhineland region? Jülich’s Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Troposphere is seeking to answer this question with a measurement campaign, which is being launched at the beginning of May from the Bonn-Hangelar airfield. A Zeppelin NT airship will be used to measure trace gases and particulate matter over multiple flights on different routes.

Overcoming the Corona Crisis Together

SARS-CoV-2 is presenting society and individuals with enormous challenges. Just like many other scientists within the Helmholtz Association and around the world, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich are investigating the novel coronavirus.

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3D Model of the Synapses in the Human Brain

For many years, Professor Joachim Lübke has been pursuing the goal of creating high-resolution 3D models of the synapses in the human brain. For a long time, these tiny contacts between neurons could only be studied using animal models. Now, together with his team, Lübke has published the first quantifiable models of synapses in the human cerebral cortex. Their models showed that although similarities exist, there are considerable differences not only between humans and animals but also between men and women.