The brain is structurally and functionally heterogeneous in its organization, and shows a high interindividual variability. A three-dimensional model of the human brain, which reveals structural and functional organization principles on different scales in a multi-modal approach, is necessary to understand this complexity.
This model will not only help reveal the neurobiological basics of mental capacities, but will also enable characterization of their individual facets and underlying mechanisms.
Therefore, our Institute (Structural and Functional Organization of the Brain, INM-1) focusses on the development of a three-dimensional model of the human brain based on cyto- and receptor architectonic, genetic and functional data as well as on information regarding connectivity between different brain regions.
We take both architectonical and functional criteria into consideration in order to map the human cerebral cortex, subcortical nuclei and fiber tracts. The ensuing maps are made available to the scientific community (JuBrain cytoviewer, SPM toolbox). These maps are part of the HBP Human Brain Atlas.