The way we study the brain has shifted dramatically in recent years, according to first author Katrin Amunts, HBP Scientific Director, Director of the C. and O. Vogt-Institute of Brain Research, Dusseldorf, and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at Research Centre Julich. In the previous years, distinct communities have often focused on specific aspects of neuroscience, and the problem was always how to identify different backgrounds, for example, in order to demonstrate a certain cognitive function.
The HBP has gathered people from a wide spectrum of disciplines and countries to collaborate on common goals. In the neweNeuroarticle, researchers outlined their scientific approach and demonstrated the potential of the EBRAINS infrastructure for neuroscience research.
The human brain is one of the most powerful systems ever discovered, and many of its most basic functions are still not fully understood. EBRAINS, a digital research infrastructure, has been designed in a co-design approach between neuroscientists, developers, engineers, and informaticians.
The authors highlight the increasing need for digital tools and explain how HBP scientists utilize cutting-edge research techniques from computing, neuroinformatics, simulation, and artificial intelligence. The HBP is the first large-scale program to systematically connect brain research, medicine, and information technologies, according to Viktor Jirsa, the director of the Institut de Neurosciences des Systemes of Inserm and Aix-Marseille University. The HBP has challenged us to think beyond our own limitations and has enabled us to
According to Jirsa, the development of neuro-inspired technologies is driving a broad spectrum of insights into perception, plasticity, and learning. In this way, brain research is becoming a major driver of technological advancements in computing, artificial neural networks, cognitive computing, and neurorobotics. Basic neuroscience research is the foundation for advances in medicine and IT.
The authors are now drafting a position paper revealing their scientific vision for the next decade of digital brain research. According to Amunts, we will continue to make neuroscience more open, cooperative and participatory.