Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts Honoured by MIT Technology Review
Prof. Katrin Amunts is one of the most important actors worldwide in this field. (source: Forschungszentrum Jülich).
According to MIT Technology Review, brain mapping is one of the ten most influential technologies of 2014. The Jülich neuroscientist Prof. Katrin Amunts is one of the most important actors worldwide in this field. This is why in its recently published list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014, the science magazine named the JARA-BRAIN scientist as a key player. Since 2001, the editors of the magazine have selected ten technologies each year that they believe have the potential to change the world and fundamentally influence future developments for years to come.
Prof. Katrin Amunts works together with her team, her colleague of many years Prof. Karl Zilles, and other scientists from various disciplines on a high-resolution 3D model of the human brain. With her work, she aims to create a three-dimensional brain atlas that will allow the complicated structure and functions of the brain together with individual differences to be imaged and understood on a microscopic level.
Research results contribute to the Human Brain Project
The model, which was reconstructed on a computer from several thousand brain slices, provides the basis for neuroscientific studies using imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging. Beyond this, the results also benefit the Human Brain Project. The goal of this major European project is to create a computer model of the processes taking place in the human brain. This will help to improve our understanding of the human control centre and disorders such as dementia, depression, dependency, and Parkinson's disease.
MIT Technology Review: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014 – Brain Mapping