The Whole Brain Project joins neuroscientists and technologists in exploring the mysteries of the brain through open source projects to accelerate and facilitate solutions for today’s formidable challenges in brain research through cooperation and crowd sourcing.
Simultaneous revolutions in neuroscience research and next generation software tools are merged in the Whole Brain Project. The project joins neuroscientists and software engineers to employ experimental techniques to visualize and explore the burgeoning new discoveries about the brain’s structure and function. Despite rapid progress in development of new experimental methods, our ability to simultaneously study the brain across all these scales remains quite limited. The Whole Brain Project looks to provide open source networks to help unify the disparate and heterogeneous data of neuroscientists.
With the support of the Waitt Family Foundation, a team of researchers at University of California, San Diego began collaboration in June 2008. Led by Dr. Mark Ellisman, the UCSD team is merging cyberinfrastructure with cutting-edge neuroscience research to build open source environments for the international neuroscience community. The Whole Brian Project launched its flagship, the Whole Brain Catalog beta version 0.7 at Neuroscience 2009, the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting.
In providing open source and collaborative tools, the Whole Brain Project allows neuroscience researchers to make new connections with collaborators and newly discovered data. Combining previously unconnected databases across a single network make possible new and exciting insights about the brain.
The Whole Brain Catalog is the flagship of the Whole Brain Project and allows researchers to zoom in, out, and around structures deep in a multiscale spatial framework of the mouse brain. The Catalog employs cutting edge technology and uses an open source, 3D graphics engine used in visually intensive computer gaming. The Whole Brain Catalog is designed to facilitate new connections to knowledge pertaining to brain structure and function.
Whole Brain Catalog
Whole Brain Catalog
The Whole Brain Catalog is a client-server platform developed by a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego to connect members of the worldwide neuroscience community to resolve the mysteries about the brain and brain function to gain insights and tackle some of today’s toughest health and medical challenges. The Whole Brain Catalog provides rich 3D views for researchers to zoom in, out, and around structures deep in a multiscale spatial framework of the mouse brain. Visit the Whole Brain Catalog Web site to learn more.
The Whole Brain Project was conceived, designed, and developed at the UC San Diego Center for Research on Biological Systems (CRBS). The project’s primary sponsor is the Waitt Family Foundation, a charitable organization based in La Jolla, California. Since 1993, the foundation has awarded over 2,000 grants to programs that help citizens understand our past, improve the present, and prepare for the future. The foundation funds partnerships and projects that seek a deeper understanding of our collective history, expand the potential of the human mind, and improve knowledge and understanding through historical and scientific research and exploration. In the San Diego area, the foundation has supported the Children’s Convalescent Hospital, Monarch School for Homeless Children, UCSD Cancer Center Foundation, YWCA, American Red Cross, United Way, PBS, Hope in the City, and the Center for Community Solutions. The foundation has also helped launch groundbreaking programs such as San Diego’s Family Justice Center, which is nationally recognized as an exceptional model for treating victims of domestic violence.The Whole Brain Project sincerely appreciates the bold initiative and continued support of the Waitt Family Foundation.
The Whole Brain Catalog is designed for use by educators at any academic level from elementary school to graduate studies. The Whole Brain Catalog hosts a wealth of neuroscience data made available through the Cell Centered Database (CCDB) and access to a wide array of neuroscience resources through the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF). The Catalog can be used for instruction of the most basic or advanced material with tools that make access convenient and interactive.
University of California, San Diego neuroscientists and developers are unveiling and demonstrating beta version 0.7 of the Whole Brain Catalog at Neuroscience 2009, the 39th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held this year in Chicago. Please see our Press Release.
The inspiration for the Whole Brain Project builds upon our community’s history of innovative cutting edge technologies and tools for accelerating solutions for the mysteries of the brain. With support from the Waitt Family Foundation, we and our collaborators are aggregating and integrating these rich achievements in our flagship project, the Whole Brain Catalog. We invite you to explore our technological evolution.