20-21 August 2019
Haus der Universität Düsseldorf & Forschungszentrum Jülich
Europe/Berlin timezone

After two successful BigBrain workshops held 2015 in Jülich and 2017 in Montreal, we are pleased to announce the 3rd workshop on the BigBrain and its applications, to be held in Düsseldorf and Jülich on August 20 - 21, 2019. The workshop will last 2 days, with informal reception on Tuesday evening.


The BigBrain has become an indispensable tool for brain mapping, enabling the integration of multimodal data into an anatomically realistic standard space. In a joint effort, researchers from McGill University in Montreal and the Forschungszentrum Jülich developed the BigBrain as a 3D model of the human brain in extremely high resolution (Amunts et al., Science 2013), which is based on 7404 digitized histological sections. This so far unique reconstruction is available as a free tool and offers matchless neuroanatomical insights as well as the possibility to verify hypotheses. In this workshop, we will discuss recent scientific progress based on this specific dataset, reasonable directions for future developments and applications, and provide a common platform for data sharing and discussion.
During the last months, the dataset has been enriched by maps of cytoarchitectonic areas, subcortical regions, and individual cortical layers.  It was used as the basis for a range of studies and scientific papers. Also, new tools have been implemented to view and interact with this large dataset.

To discuss recent developments, we welcome abstracts of current work and/or short proposals for future initiatives related to the BigBrain from interested participants. Topics to be considered will include:

  • Methods and algorithms to analyze the BigBrain, especially (but not necessarily) concerning
    • registration
    • segmentation and mapping of cortical layers, areas, and subcortical structures
    • visualization and annotation tools
    • deep learning and machine learning
  • HPC aspects of managing, storing and processing such huge volumetric data
  • Studies and teaching activities around the BigBrain

Please submit your 1-page abstract by July 19, 2019.

The workshop will be restricted to ~30 attendees, so as to foster freeform discussion and exchange of ideas. The event is free, but registration is mandatory. Lunch will be served.


HBP’s 3D atlas viewer

3D atlas viewer visualizing the BigBrain: Preliminary 3D maps based on direct interpolation of expert delineations. [image: HBP’s 3D atlas new-cytoarchitectonic-maps-in-bigbrain]

Cortical layer segmentation which provides detailed whole-brain maps of cortical layers. 
[image: Konrad Wagstyl, https://doi.org/10.1101/580597]




Starts 20 Aug 2019 08:30
Ends 21 Aug 2019 18:00
Haus der Universität Düsseldorf & Forschungszentrum Jülich
Haus der Universität Düsseldorf Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf --- Forschungszentrum Jülich Wilhelm-Jonen-Str., 52425 Jülich

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1)
Phone: ++49 2461 61 4300
Fax: ++49 2461 61 3483
E-Mail: k.amunts@fz-juelich.de
Prof. Dr. Alan Evans
McConnell Brain Imaging Center
Montreal Neurological Institute
McGill University Montreal
Phone: ++1-514-398-8926
Fax: ++1-514-398-8948
E-Mail: alan@bic.mni.mcgill.ca

Local Organizer:

Susanne Wenzel
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1)
Phone: ++49 2461 61 96306
Fax: ++49 2461 61 3483
E-Mail: s.wenzel@fz-juelich.de
Anna Stössel
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1)
Phone: ++49 2461 61 9167
Fax: ++49 2461 61 3483
E-Mail: a.stoessel@fz-juelich.de