The Lab of Prof. Marcus Kaiser and his team are working on the simulation of the dynamics and development of neural networks using Neuroinformatics and network analysis tools. They aim to understand how the connectome changes during brain development and evolution, which factors during development lead to neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. epilepsy and schizophrenia), and which therapeutical approaches are most suitable for individual patients with brain disorders. They use network analysis of human connectome data, simulations of brain activity, and predictions of treatment effects and side effects as healthcare technologies to inform diagnosis and treatment. They are part of the Neuroinformatics@Newcastle network and are leading the Human Brain Development Project on modelling human brain development.
published on: 30th November 2015
Professor Brian Randell's professional and academic career achievements are now chronicled together in one archive (from 1950 to 2009). The fully catalogued materials are now available via a newly setup profile webpage on the University Library website.
published on: 23rd November 2015
Collaborators, Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) research group (within Computing Science) and openlab at CERN reveal the winner of an international coding contest challenge. The challenge was available only to students who were required to optimize code used to simulate brain development. In particular, the software focuses on simulating the development of a normal and diseased brain, in order to identify the causes and potential treatments for neurodevelopmental brain disorders, such as epilepsy, autism, and schizophrenia. This code is part of an existing CERN openlab research project, in collaboration with ICOS, which uses a "parallel programming" framework to help accelerate research among multiple scientists. Read more about the prize at the USA Today website.
published on: 16th November 2015
Two researchers from Computing Science’s ICOS group (Dr Birgit Koch and Professor Natalio Krasnogor) have collaborated on an important paper published in ‘Nucleic Acids Research’ (Oxford Journals) entitled ‘Synthesis and cell-free cloning of DNA libraries using programmable microfluidics’. Access the full paper here.
published on: 20th October 2015
A new funded initiative at Newcastle University provides a unique opportunity for technology business in the North East to fund innovation activities in collaboration with the university's computing experts. The Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs) programme helps engineering and technology business access expert support and facilities at six leading laboratories across Europe, including the Cyber-Physical Systems lab (CPS lab) in Newcastle University’s School of Computing Science. The Newcastle lab is now open, but will ultimately be based at Science Central - Newcastle’s £250m flagship project bringing together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry to create a global centre for urban innovation. The university’s researchers are encouraging companies in the North East to apply now to the CPSE Labs programme for support.
published on: 7th October 2015