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Human Connectome Project

Human Connectome Project

The Human Connectome Project (HCP) is a data sharing initiative to address fundamental questions about human anatomy and variation related to neuron connectivity. The HCP consortium is based at Washington University and includes collaborations between University of Southern California, Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.

The connectome is a map of neural connections, which make up white matter in the brain and are likened to a wiring diagram. The HCP project aims to develop tools to process high-angular diffusion (HARDI) and diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI) from normal individuals, optimize high-field imaging technologies and neurocognitive tests, and use a representative sample of normal subjects to collect connectomic, behavioral, and genotype data. The HCP plans to design and use web-based informatics and desseminate data acquisition and analysis as well as educational and training outreach materials.

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The Human Connectome: A Structural Description of the Human Brain

Olaf Sporns, Giulio Tononi, Rolf Kötter

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