The Human Brain Project: neuroinformatics tools for integrating, searching and modeling multidisciplinary neuroscience data

Trends Neurosci. 1998 Nov;21(11):460-8. doi: 10.1016/s0166-2236(98)01300-9.


What is neuroinformatics? What is the Human Brain Project? Why should you care? Supported by a consortium of US funding agencies, the Human Brain Project aims to bring to the analysis of brain function the same advantages of Internet-accessible databases and database tools that have been crucial to the development of molecular biology and the Human Genome Project. The much greater complexity of neural data, however, makes this a far more challenging task. As a pilot project in this new initiative, we review some of the progress that has been made and indicate some of the problems, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics / trends*
  • Neural Networks, Computer*
  • Neurosciences / trends*