Scientists in the Human Brain Project aim at gaining a deeper understanding of the human brain. This will help not only to understand what makes us human, but also to lay the foundation for new therapies of brain related diseases. New insights might also be useful for new approaches in information technology. The film shows the contributions of researchers at Jülich to the European Human Brain Project.
The detailed biological simulation of the entire human brain – that is the goal of the "Human Brain Project". The project is competing with five others for recognition as an EU FET Flagship initiative – large-scale, science-driven projects that aim to achieve a visionary technological goal. Next year, the EU intends to select two such flagships and fund them with up to one billion euro each for a period of ten years. In Berlin, scientists from Lausanne, Jülich, Munich and Heidelberg presented their contributions to this ambitious project on 11 May 2011.
The combination of a 9.4-tesla magnetic resonance tomograph (MRT) and a positron emission tomograph (PET) has created a unique research instrument at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Jointly developed by Jülich researchers and Siemens Healthcare, it makes brain processes visible with a previously unattainable precision. It helps researchers better understand and treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.