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NEURALCOMP — Result In Brief

Project ID: 505682
Funded under: FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES
Country: Israel

Brainstorming using computer networks

How the brain actually processes information and performs computations is still shrouded in mystery. The relatively new discipline of computational neuroscience is unravelling the mechanics of neuronal operation for construction of intelligent artificial devices.
Brainstorming using computer networks
The 'Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC)' (Neuralcomp) project financed by the EU supplied the know-how and facilities for European scientists to set up progressive research on the brain. The project also helped researchers to form links with industry for real life applications.

A world renowned group of scientists searching for answers as to how the brain works are based at ICNC with access to state-of-the art laboratories. With a focus on the computational aspects, ICNC can provide the interface for research in physics and its applications, psychophysics, and the relationship between physical stimuli and the sensations they affect, as well as neurobiology.

Neuralcomp played host to just over 100 European visitors, a total of 13 nationalities that have created links with ICNC. Research ranged from multi-unit recordings in Parkinsonian monkeys to single cell modelling. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology for brain imaging, predominantly young PhD students have studied psychophysics through to dyslexia.

Due to this European initiative, ICNC has become a model of excellence for several new centres including the Gatsby Unit in London, the Max Planck in Frankfurt and the Neurophysics Unit at CNRS in Paris. Future plans included extension of the research beyond the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) to continue the multidisciplinary initiative for the undoubted benefit of researchers and patients with neurological needs.

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