HCP and key consortium investigators at University of Minnesota are featured in the Fall 2013 edition of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s magazine, Medical Bulletin.
The article “Mapping the human brain” vividly describes the complexity of charting connections in the human brain, comparing the problem to drawing a road map to every living human being on Earth, 11 times over, and calling the HCP “the most ambitious brain-imaging study ever conducted”.
Detailing the vital roles HCP investigators at UMinn’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) have played in advancing MRI data acquisition and analysis tools for the HCP, the article gives examples of the impact HCP data and methods are beginning to make on neuroscientific and clinical advances.
Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., HCP Co-PI and founder/director of CMRR, is additionally highlighted for his participation in the working group that is helping to determine the directions and nature of the research that President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative will ultimately fund.
We have reopened the website storefront for ordering Q1+Q2 (June 2013) Connectome in a Box.
There have been several updates of note in Q2 for current users of Connectome In A Box. Here are the highlights:
- Q1 data has been reprocessed and re-released. Due to changes in the preprocessing pipelines, users of Q1 data are strongly recommended to refresh their data (for full details, see HCP Q2 Data Release Reference Manual). Users can get the updated Q1 data plus Q2 data for very little additional cost by taking advantage of our Drive Recycling Rebate.
- We have adopted Linux as the default drive format. In Q1, we supported orders for Windows, Mac and Linux-formatted hard drives. However, each new release adds arithmetically to the burden on our fulfillment process. Linux-formatted drives are the most easily incorporated into network storage, but they can be mounted by Mac and PC users as well.
- New guidance on compliance with your IRB. All Connectome data administrators should read this notice on data usage and compliance with your institution’s restrictions on human subjects research.
Click here to learn more and place your order.
A special issue of the journal NeuroImage devoted to human connectomics has just been released:
Mapping the Connectome
Volume 80, Edited by Stephen Smith
As Steve Smith writes in his Introduction to the issue:
This special issue on “Mapping the Connectome” is a review of the major issues and current projects relating to connectomics; it aims to be comprehensive, albeit with a strong bias towards the macroscopic, in vivo, human connectome, as most appropriate for the readership of NeuroImage.
In addition to many papers by leading experts in connectomics, 8 original manuscripts authored by the Human Connectome Project WU-Minn consortium detailing the state of the project’s components as of March 2013 are published in this special issue:
A summary of each of these manuscripts is available on the HCP Publications page.
Please refer to these papers for details on the methodology and rationale behind the collection, analysis, and ongoing development of tools for distributing and visualizing HCP data. Happy reading!