I am delighted to announce the e-publication of The Brain Observatory’s ‘Concise Digital Atlas of the Human Brain.’ The digital plates are meant to provide a quick guide through the brain. We did not over-concern ourselves with fancy graphics and cool user interfaces; rather we planned for the images to speak for themselves. In this respect, the atlas is far from being ‘concise’. The histological images represent hundreds of Gigabytes of data and, as far as we know, this is the first atlas to provide the direct correlation between different neuroimaging modalities, including microscopy. All data was, in fact, obtained from the same donor and, thanks to 3-D image registration, the correspondence between the images is perfect. Please, enjoy responsibly!
In a continuing effort to stretch our imaging capabilities we pushed our own digital microscopes to their streaming limit by creating an image of a stained slice from the brain of a bottlenose dolphin at 20X magnification (click here to view). The brain of the bottlenose dolphin is notably larger than our own brain. We performed a complete dissection of a dolphin brain in 2011. The data is being collated into an atlas of the dolphin brain. Just navigating through the brain’s convoluted cerebral cortex shows how discovery can be facilitated by data of this kind. The brain of the dolphin is uncharted territory in neuroscience; we hope that our input will catalyze new interest in this fascinating species.
In October we will launch the Digital Brain Library web site. The web site will host a gallery of ‘featured’ project participants. It will be possible to enroll in the study via a screening form on line. Patient H.M. is part of the Digital Brain Library, but he will enjoy his own portal. In fact, it's official. The web pages containing the map of his brain (and other goodies) will be published on December 2, 2012; we chose this date because it will be the anniversary of his passing and the completion of the study will be our tribute to Henry.
Finally, The Brain Observatory will be at the 43rd meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which will be held in New Orleans from October 13-17. Find us at exhibitor's booth #3737.
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Jacopo Annese, Ph.D.
Director, The Brain Observatory