Washington University to lead brain study

Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 7:45 a.m. CDT; updated 10:34 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 16, 2010

ST. LOUIS — Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Minnesota are leading what they call a first-of-its-kind effort to map all major circuits of the human brain.

The goal of the five-year, $30 million project is to map the brain connections in 1,200 study participants. The project will involve 33 researchers at nine institutions.

Lead investigator David Van Essen of Washington University says the effort will have a major impact on the understanding of the healthy adult human brain.

Funding comes from the National Institutes of Health. The lead researchers will be drawn from Washington University's School of Medicine and the University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research.






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