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Launch of PRIMatE data exchange

Researchers have released the first open-source data sets from the non-human primate brain imaging consortium.

Professor Chris Petkov and Dr Michael Schmid are part of an international team of researchers led by scientists at the Child Mind Institute that have released the first open-source data sets of non-human primate brain imaging. The PRIMatE Data Exchange (PRIME-DE) consortium, is an open science resource for the neuroimaging community that aims to aggregate and share anatomical, functional and diffusion MRI data sets from laboratories around the world. The goal is to accelerate the development of a map of the neural connections, essentially 'wiring diagrams' in the non-human primate brain -- and, ultimately, the human brain -- in an effort to develop biomarkers for mental health disorders and other brain disorders and diseases.  

Chris Petkov, Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology said: “We are delighted to have contributed to this important international brain imaging consortium. Newcastle University and the University of Oxford are the two sites in the UK able to obtain and contribute these rare and important datasets. The brain imaging data in nonhuman primates are vital for better translating neurobiological insights to humans, ultimately to the benefit of medical science. Our international consortium will continue to openly share high quality neuroimaging data obtained under the highest animal welfare standards.”

You can read more on the university press office website and the full paper is published in the journal Neuron.


published on: 12 October 2018