The Human Connectome Project: Progress & Prospects with David Van Essen

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The Human Connectome Project: Progress & Prospects with David Van Essen

16th October 2014

Monash Biomedical Imaging,
Building 220,
770 Blackburn Road, Clayton 3800

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Recent advances in noninvasive neuroimaging have made possible the systematic exploration of human brain circuits in health and disease. The Human Connectome Project (HCP) is taking advantage of these advances to systematically characterise brain circuitry, how it varies, and its relation to behaviour, in 1200 healthy adults.

In this talk, Professor David Van Essen will discuss how the HCP consortium is acquiring, analysing, and freely sharing these massive — and highly informative — data sets.

This is an ICT for Life Sciences Forum event.

More about Professor David C. Van Essen

David Van Esseen, Ph.D. is Alumni Endowed Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is internationally known for his research on the structure, function, connectivity, and development of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates. He and his colleagues have developed powerful methods of computerised brain mapping, with a particular emphasis on surface-based visualisation and analysis of cerebral cortex. He has been a pioneer in neuroinformatics and data sharing efforts for nearly two decades. His tension-based theory of morphogenesis accounts for how and why the cortex gets its folds.

He is currently Principal Investigator for the Human Connectome Project (HCP), an ambitious endeavour to chart long-distance neural pathways in a large population of healthy adult humans. The HCP is setting new standards for sharing rich and complex neuroimaging datasets with the scientific community. Dr Van Essen has also served in leadership positions of many organisations, including chair of the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department (1992-2012); founding chair of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (1996); and Councillor (1992-2002), Secretary (2002-2004), and President (2006-2007) of the Society for Neuroscience. He is a fellow of the AAAS and has received the Raven Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. Louis Academy of Sciences and the Krieg Cortical Discoverer Award from the Cajal Club.

When: 16 October, 5-6pm refreshments; 6-7pm seminar