Now available for download are an interim report and associated slides summarizing findings from the HCP Lifespan Pilot project being conducted by the WU-Minn and MGH-USC HCP consortia.
The ongoing HCP Lifespan Pilot is collecting multimodal imaging data acquired across the lifespan, in 6 age groups (4-6, 8-9, 14-15, 25-35, 45-55, 65-75) and using scanners that differ in field strength (3T, 7T) and maximum gradient strength (70-100 mT/m). The scanning protocols are similar to those for the WU-Minn Young Adult HCP, except shorter in duration.
The report should be of interest for those groups applying for the newly released FOAs from the NIH Blueprint:
Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Development (U01) for healthy subjects ages 5-21.
Human Connectome Project data from the current 500 Subjects + MEG2 Release is now available on the cloud through Amazon Web Services Public Data Sets initiative. This alternative way to accesss HCP image data allows users to process or analyze the data directly through Amazon Web Services, without having to download from ConnectomeDB or order Connectome in a Box drives.
The process of getting access to the HCP Amazon S3 bucket housing the data is easy, but does require an account on ConnectomeDB and the acceptance of HCP data use terms. Amazon S3 can be used for cloud-based HCP data processing (Amazon charges users for compute cycles) or as an alternative to Aspera for download of HCP data at no cost to the user (Note: in most cases, downloading HCP data through Amazon S3 WILL NOT be faster than Aspera-driven data download through ConnectomeDB). Information on setting up an AWS EC2 instance and processing is available here: EC2 Beginner Startup Advice.