Members of a German delegation visited The Neuro recently to learn more about international initiatives including the Helmholtz International BigBrain Analytics and Learning Laboratory (HIBALL). The delegation was led by Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Minister of Education and Research for Germany.
HIBALL is a partnership between The Neuro, McGill University and Germany's Jülich Research Centre. It is jointly funded by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and McGill’s Healthy Brains Healthy Lives program. HIBALL focuses on the interaction between neuroscience and artificial intelligence, particularly deep learning, to build highly detailed 3D models of the brain at the cellular level.
It has six scientific components that range from muti-modal atlasing to advanced systems-level brain simulation and brain-inspired artificial intelligence. The project supports eight post-doctoral fellows, four research software developers and three graduate students. The saw a demonstration of the BigBrain in the HIBALL space and met with Alan Evans, PhD, James McGill Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering and co-PI of HIBALL, as well as researchers and HIBALL scientists Boris Bernhardt, Bratislav Misic, Paule-Joanne Toussaint, and Krystle van Hoof, Managing Director and CEO, Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives.