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New release of the Julich-Brain Atlas adds 52 new maps

Release 3.1 of the Julich Brain Atlas has been published and can be freely downloaded through the EBRAINS research infrastructure. The updated brain atlas now gives online access to 52 new probability maps of cortical and subcortical structures in a three-dimensional reference space.

Multivariate neural decoding of natural and deepfake speaker identities.
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Julich Brain Atlas used in study to understand how the brain detects deepfakes

Do our brains process natural and deepfaked voices differently? In a new study published in Communications Biology, scientists from Switzerland and Australia have shown that this is the case. Neuroimaging experiments identified two brain regions that respond differently to natural and deepfake voices. The results add to our understanding of neural mechanisms behind our ability to recognise deceptive information in digital environments. To precisely characterise the brain network, the researchers used probabilistic maps from the openly accessible Julich Brain Atlas on EBRAINS.

The figure shows the location and the probabilistic maps of the two different subdivisions of the red nucleus (RNp and RNm) in the human brain. The colors in each voxel indicate the probability of the structure being present there based on the variability in 10 human subjects.
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New study shows brain maps of the "red nucleus"

In a recent study, a German-American team of scientists has now revealed new insights into the evolutionary development of a brain structure that plays a crucial role in finely tuned and skillful hand movements. The researchers from C.&O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at HHU Düsseldorf, Forschungszentrum Jülich and Stony Brook University in New York studied a brain structure called the “red nucleus” (lat. Nucleus ruber). This nucleus is an important element of our motor system, especially for dexterous hand movements. 

Probability maps and Maximum Probability Map in the DLPFC.
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New brain maps on EBRAINS show organizational principles of the prefrontal cortex

Newly published new brain maps identify five new areas within the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), that plays a crucial role in executive functions, including working memory, decision-making, and attention. The new study introduces 3D maps of cytoarchitectonic regions, enhancing our understanding of the prefrontal cortex's complexity.

Prof. Katrin Amunts, Joint Chief Executive Officer of EBRAINS (Copyright: Mareen Fischinger/Forschungszentrum Jülich)
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EBRAINS Research Infrastructure Secures €38 Million in Funding for New Phase of Digital Neuroscience

The European Commission has signed a grant agreement to fund EBRAINS with €38 million until 2026. Over the next three years, the infrastructure will continue to develop tools and services to widely serve research communities in neurosciences, brain medicine, and brain-inspired technologies.

Katrin Amunts receives the 2023 Justine and Yves Sergent Award in Montreal, Canada, handed over by Yves Joanette, Deputy Vice-Principal of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation (University of Montreal), and Josette Noël, Secretary of the Faculty of Medicine (University of Montreal). Copyright: University of Montreal
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INM-1 director Katrin Amunts receives Justine and Yves Sergent International Award

Katrin Amunts has been honoured with the 2023 Justine and Yves Sergent International Award, which is granted to outstanding female researchers for contributions in the field of cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging who have achieved a high international reputation. The award was presented during a conference at the University of Montreal, Canada, on Friday, December 8th, where Katrin Amunts gave the keynote “The human brain atlas – mapping the brain as a way to understand its function.”

Image showing a human brain with different brain areas highlighted in different colors

“Impressive research results” - external review panel evaluates final results of Human Brain Project

From 21-24 November, the final Human Brain Project (HBP) review was held in Brussels during which members of the HBP consortium presented the final project results to a panel of external scientific experts. The scope of this review was the final phase of the HBP, which ended in September 2023. Results were presented in detailed documentation and presentations and followed by extensive Q&As.

HBP Scientific Director Katrin Amunts and EC Director-General Roberto Viola during the event at the European Commission. Copyright: Human Brain Project

HBP image of human brain network exhibited at offices of European Commission

On 12 October, HBP Scientific Director Katrin Amunts and Tommaso Calarco, chair of the Quantum Community Network of the Quantum Flagship, presented two special pieces from Forschungszentrum Jülich to the European Commission in Brussels: an enlarged image of human brain fibres and a true-to-scale replica of the quantum computer "OpenSuperQ".

HIBALL Brain Depiction

Katrin Amunts and Alan Evans present their work to German government during Canada visit

In August 2022, Katrin Amunts from Forschungszentrum Jülich and Alan Evans from McGill University in Canada presented AI applications in brain mapping to German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck and a delegation of high-ranking industry representatives during their visit of the Institut québécois d'intelligence artificielle (Mila) in Montreal.