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Understanding Neural Activity in the Brain

11/18/2010

Understanding Neural Activity in the Brain

11/18/2010

Investigator: Dr. Ed Boyden
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Title: “Understanding Neural Activity in the Brain”
Award Amount: $1.3 million (2010)

In order to understand how the brain works, we need to learn how the massively complex interactions of neurons compute information. This Allen Distinguished Investigator research project, conducted in collaboration with the Fonstad, Sarpeshkar, and Desimone Labs at MIT, is developing a system for three-dimensional, massively parallel recording of neural activity throughout the brain. It has devised hardware capable of picking up neural electrical activity from a large number of individual sites in the brain and constructed data-processing circuits. The last phase of the project will bring together the different parts of the project into an integrated system, enabling it to be used to survey brain-wide neural dynamics.