Scientists have published images of the brain of newborn babies, the researchers from around the world can download and use for the study of human brain development.
The images are part of the project Developing Human Connectome Project King's College London in collaboration with Imperial College London and University of Oxford, where it will be shown how the brain develops during pregnancy and after birth. Researchers share their images online, and methods that other scientists can use the data in their work.
Using scanners, magnetic resonance imaging of the Evelina Children's Hospital in London, the team has developed new methods that allow to obtain the fetal and infant brain imaging. Researchers have solved the problems associated with the movement of children and their small size, and can now get very detailed information about the development of the brain. The project will help scientists understand how to develop conditions such as autism, or problem pregnancy affect brain growth.
"This project - a new step in the understanding of human brain development. It will provide the first map of how the brain links are being developed, and how disturbed function in diseases, "- said Professor David Edwards from London.
Cooperation in the field of research funded by a grant in the amount of 15 million euros from the European Research Council, and one of the goals of the project is to ensure the dissemination of data worldwide. Scientists can upload images at data.developingconnectome.org.
For this project, a team of experts has developed a new technology of MRI to provide a high-resolution scan of the brain of newborns and embryos.
In addition, the team led by Professor Daniel Rekerta at Imperial College London has developed a computer program for image analysis. "We are developing new approaches that help researchers analyzed MRI images," - he explained.
Evelyn London Clinic advises pregnant mothers to scan fruit. Meanwhile, the first release of the images will allow scientists to study the human brain to start a whole new way.