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Human Brain Project

To understand the human brain using simulation – that’s the vision of the Human Brain Project (HBP). Neuroscientists, physicians, computer scientists, physicists, mathematicians, and computer specialists from more than 80 internationally respected scientific institutions in 23 countries are now collaborating to make this happen. They are looking at the task from a variety of different perspectives: from neuroscience, genetics, supercomputing, information technology and robotics up to sociological and ethical issues. Within the next ten years, they intend to simulate the human brain as a whole on a supercomputer of the future in as much detail as possible, from the individual cell to the interaction of large cell clusters and areas of the brain. Among their objectives is a better understanding of the brain, which will allow them to diagnose diseases earlier and treat them more effectively.

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) provide important fundamental neurobiological information, for example about the structure of individual neurons, entire neuron clusters, and larger networks, and about the way they work. Prof. Katrin Amunts heads a subproject of the Human Brain Project that is concerned with the multilevel organization of the human brain.

Strategic data on the multi-level organisation of the mouse and the human brain

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Human Brain Project

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Contact Person:

Prof. Dr. med. Katrin Amunts

SP 2 leader "Human Brain Data"

Building: 15.9, Room: 3022

Tel.:  +49-2461-61-4300
Fax: +49-2461-61-3483

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Karl Zilles

Task leader T2.1.5, T5.1.6

Building: 15.2, Room: 301

Tel.: +49-2461-61-3015
Fax: +49-2461-61-2990

Dr. rer. nat. Markus Axer

Task leader T2.1.2

Building: 15.9, Room: 3029

Tel.: +49-2461-61-6314
Fax: +49-2461-61-3483