The University of Oxford and FMRIB have made crucial contributions to the Developing Human Connectome Project by providing state-of-the-art analysis methods that, allied to cutting-edge imaging, have resulted in a database of human brain imaging data of outstanding quality. The data is freely open for use by researchers across the world, and it is hoped this will yield invaluable information about the relationship between brain connectivity and a variety of factors including genetic, environmental and behavioural. - Prof Mark Woolrich, Department of Psychiatry and consultant on the HCP.
From The Guardian, 10 May 2017:
'A landmark project to map the wiring of the human brain from womb to birth has released thousands of images that will help scientists unravel how conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorders arise in the brain.
'The first tranche of images come from 40 newborn babies who were scanned in their sleep to produce stunning high-resolution pictures of early brain anatomy and the intricate neural wiring that ferries some of the earliest signals around the organ.
'The initial batch of brain scans are intended to give researchers a first chance to analyse the data and provide feedback to the senior scientists at King’s College London, Oxford University and Imperial College London who are leading the Developing Human Connectome Project, which is funded by €15m (£12.5m) from the EU.'
Full image caption:
Left: Multi-shell high angular resolution diffusion data decomposed into a free water component (greyscale background image) and a directionally resolved brain tissue component shown as rendered surfaces.
Middle and right: Visualisation of anatomical connections in the developing brain derived from the brain tissue component.
'Unique scans reveal how brains grow', BBC News online, 10/05/2017, Michelle Roberts