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Digital Brain Mapping

Every other week, scientists from across the UAB campus gather at The Edge of Chaos for a collaborative meeting with the intention of creating a digital map of the human brain. The pressing importance of mapping the human brain was acknowledged in President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, in which he recognized brain research as one of the opportunities for the government to “invest in the best ideas."

The brain, which is composed of a tremendously complex network of roughly 100 billion neurons, remains one of science's greatest mysteries. Even with new technologies which have improved our view of the brain, it's only possible to observe a few neurons at once. Accurately mapping the brain would not only provide an academic understanding of mental function, it could also allow us to address a host of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease or Alzheimer's. This is one of the ultimate goals of the brain mapping group at The Edge of Chaos.

This project was recently featured in Business Horizon Quarterly, quoted below: