Press breakfast on The Human Brain Project

Published 2011-05-16 00:00. Updated 2013-11-26 10:33

[PRESS INVITATION 2011-05-09] Neuroscientists from Karolinska Institutet have now made further progress as candidates for a flagship project in a new major European neuroscience initiative. The Human Brain Project is one of six final candidate projects for the EU´s new flagship programme for future and growing technologies.

Journalists are invited to a press breakfast.

  • Presenters: Project coordinator Henry Markram (English speaker) and Professor Sten Grillner.
  • Date and time: Thursday 12 May, 2001, 9.00 - 10.00 am.
  • Venue: Hall of Fame, Nobels väg 5, Karolinska Institutet, Solna.

"The human brain can be seen as an infinitely powerful, energy efficient, self-repairing, self-instructive computer. If we can understand and mimic the way the brain works, we´ll be able to revolutionise IT, medical science and society," says Professor Sten Grillner of the Department of Neuroscience.

The aim of the project is to construct simulations of the entire human brain and build the technical solutions needed to do so. The simulations created under the project will form the basis of new diagnostic instruments and treatments for brain diseases. It is hoped that such brain models will not only expedite scientists´ understanding of the causes of neurological diseases and facilitate their early diagnosis, but also enable new cures to be found for these diseases and reduce the need for animal experiments. In short, The Human Brain Project will lead to dramatic technical advances.

The Human Brain Project has partners around the world and includes a project group that will comprise Europe´s top neuroscientists, doctors, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists and ethicists. The present consortium consists of 13 universities and research institutes under the direction of Switzerland´s École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

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