domingo, 3 de junho de 2012

The Human Connectome Project

Ao projecto genoma humano segue-se agora o projecto conectoma humano: o objectivo é traçar um atlas das conexões cerebrais e do modo como comunicam umas com as outras. Ontem, quando escrevia o texto sobre José Delgado, lembrei-me deste projecto. Depois reli partes do diálogo entre Connes e Changeux que reconduzem de certo modo a este projecto conectoma humano.

«The NIH Human Connectome Project is an ambitious effort to map the neural pathways that underlie human brain function. The overarching purpose of the Project is to acquire and share data about the structural and functional connectivity of the human brain. It will greatly advance the capabilities for imaging and analyzing brain connections, resulting in improved sensitivity, resolution, and utility, thereby accelerating progress in the emerging field of human connectomics.
«Altogether, the Human Connectome Project will lead to major advances in our understanding of what makes us uniquely human and will set the stage for future studies of abnormal brain circuits in many neurological and psychiatric disorders

J Francisco Saraiva de Sousa

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