Johns Hopkins lays foundation for 'data-intensive brain science'

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Researchers from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University are working to leverage data analytics to map the 100 trillion synapses in the human brain, according to a report in the Johns Hopkins Hub.

Earlier this year, the university launched the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at Johns Hopkins, which encompasses an interdisciplinary research team of neuroscientists, computer engineers and data analysts. "We're calling it data-intensive brain science," Michael I. Miller, PhD, a professor in the university's department of biomedical engineering and co-director of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery, told the Hub.

A subset of these researchers are submitting a grant to create a U.S. Brain Hub under the BRAIN Initiative, which President Barack Obama launched in 2013. This U.S. Brain Hub would develop a digital, cloud-based platform for data related to the brain. With access to brain-related data, the researchers hope to identify the cause of mental illness and neurological diseases.

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