Visualising the Brain in a New Way – The Human Connectome Project: Science 2.0 in Action


The Human Connectome Project is a good example of an emerging science movement referred to as Science 2.0 (see Appendix for further information). One of the important principles of Science 2.0 is collaborative working. The primary aim of the Human Connectome Project is to characterise the 3-dimensional structure of the brain. The research team at the University of California, Los Angeles have a website here which provides a lot of details on the project. They have used a combination of imaging approaches including Diffuse Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging to generate a dataset which they share with other researchers. A recent study has been published using the dataset and some of these results are displayed in a short but visually intuitive video below.

An Image from Dr Van Wedeen’s Research into the 3-D Organisation of the Brain

The HCP team have also made a relationship viewer available here. This allows you to view the strength of the relationships of different parts of the brain.  Researchers can apply for access to the data here and can see the restrictions that necessarily apply.

Professor Sebastian Seung is a leading researcher in connectomics and gives some interesting insights into the field in this TED talk below.

The Laboratory of Neuroimaging at UCLA has a YouTube Channel here containing instructive videos that introduce the technologies being used in the project. I have linked to a few below but it is well worth visiting the channel and website for further information.

Science 2.0 Related Posts

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Doing Science 2.0. Part 1. What is Science 2.0?

Doing Science 2.0. Web 2.0

Doing Science 2.0. Building a Computer Cluster for Research into Alzheimer’s Disease

Science 2.0. Harnessing Collective Intelligence by Curating the Blogosphere

Science 2.0. Transformational Documents in Education. A New Use for the Creative Commons License

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