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IDAC Seminar, 26 March 2013

Secretariat, Alumni Association, IDAC
Date Tuesday, 26 March 2013, 14:00〜
Room Smart Aging Research Building International Conference Room
Title Towards Human Brain Connectomics:Prospects and Challenges
Speaker Yong He
Affiliation Beijing Normal University
Person-in-charge Hiroshi FUKUDA Dept.Nuclear Medicine and Radiology
(Contact: Ayaka Souma ex8556)
Abstract Computational brain science is a rising interdisciplinary field, which combines brain science, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, and information technology. The human brain can be understood as a complex system or network. An important first step toward understanding the function of such a system is to map its elements and connections, to create a comprehensive structural description of the network architecture. In the last few decades, human brain structural and functional networks have been constructed by using noninvasive neuroimaging techniques such as structural MRI, DTI, fMRI, EEG, and MEG. Recent developments in the quantitative analysis of complex networks, based largely on graph theory, have been rapidly translated to studies of brain network organization. Human brain networks have been found to show a number of features of complex networks ― such as small-world topology, highly connected hubs, and modularity. Two invited speakers from China with great achievements in human connectome and three speakers in IDAC (the only group in Japan engaged in human brain networks) will give presentations on the development and aging of the human brain studies with multimodal MRI data using graph theoretical analysis.