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.