Neuroscience - integrated with many other research fields - has seen an explosion in the number of large and multidisciplinary datasets which provide a major challenge to store and analyse efficiently. Understanding the structure, function, and development of the nervous system in health and disease requires the use of new approaches for making efficient use of the wealth of data produced. Neuroinformatics contributes to developing and implementing such solutions, focusing on advanced and seamless integration of data. The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) promotes global neuroinformatics through a network of national nodes with the objective of advancing international awareness of the field, advance data re-use and reproducibility through development of standards, best practices and infrastructure developments, and by catalyzing community-driven collaborative brain research projects. The INCF Norwegian node has over the last years established tools and infrastructure for digital brain atlasing, sharing, re-use and integration of image data through the use of atlases, and advanced computational modeling. In the next phase, the Node will reach out to Norwegian research groups to increase the user base of the established infrastructure through a range of activities. The Node will establish 1) education and training in neuroinformatics in collaboration with the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience, 2) collaborative research projects with a network of scientists in Norway, as a vehicle to increase uptake and further user-driven development of neuroinformatics tools and infrastructures, and 3) links between the existing Node infrastructures from the previous phase and new infrastructure for dementia disease research. The Node will use a range of approaches for dissemination and two way communication with researchers at all levels, through the web, workshops and events, and the active participation in the INCF Special Interest Groups.
Project leader: Jan G. Bjaalie
Institution: Institutt for medisinske basalfag