Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a 10-year scientific research project which aims to simulate the complete human brain on supercomputers to better understand how it functions and simulate drug treatments.

Established in 2013, directed by the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, the HBP is largely funded by the European Union, The project is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The project was initially coordinated by Professor Henry Markram although its governance and scientific direction are undergoing major changes.

Link to Human Brain Project Hub

HBP – Neocortical Collaboration Portal

The Human Brain Project’s Neocortical Microcircuit Collaboration Portal provides an online resource of the Blue Brain Project’s first release of a digital reconstruction of the microcircuitry of juvenile Rat somatosensory cortex.

This Portal provides access to experimental data sets used in the reconstruction, and the resulting models.

Human Brain Project management contrasted w/ BRAIN Initiative

The key difference between Europe's HBP and the U.S.'s BRAIN Initiative is that the latter does not depend on a single scientific vision. Instead many teams will compete for grants and lead innovation into different, unplanned directions.

Competition is happening via the nimh's traditional peer-review process, which prevents the conflicts of interest that plagued decision making at the HBP.

Stefan Theil, Scientific American

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