Human Connectome Project pieces together neural data through brain scansThe Daily Bruin, Alexander Baklajian
The Human Connectome Project, which was established in 2009, is the first of its kind in the field of connectomics, which is the study of interactions between different parts of the nervous system, said Arthur Toga, director of the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging who is one of the principal investigators. The project is a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital. Massachusetts General Hospital conducts brain scans on healthy patients and sends the results to UCLA, where researchers like Jack Van Horn, a UCLA neurologist, apply complex algorithms to the raw brain scan data so they can generate the maps in a healthy patient's brain. "Historically, we focused on mapping brain structure, but we haven't spent a lot of time looking at how those structures are wired together, what the connections between them are, and how they function," Toga said.