the brain is known to be one of organs complex of our body and, despite the fact that many experts come to compare it with the universe because of his complexitylittle by little new ones are glimpsed progress and knowledge. the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (Idibaps) recently decided to join the platform Ebrainsbrain research infrastructure fostered by the European Unionto bring their grain of sand in addressing the brain.
“Joining this European network allows us to be part of a wide range of facilities that we can all use in any of the integrated countries. Thus, it is facilitated human brain progress with a new feature, whether there is a brain research much more complete. In the new decade, the approach to the brain will be marked by the Technology and we want to be part of it project“says the leader of the Idibaps Systems Neuroscience group, Mavi Sanchez Vivesto medical writing.
Each member of Ebrains contributes their knowledge to improve the platform, and Idibaps will offer, as Sánchez states, “two vital infrastructures, the neurological tissue biobank and on the other hand the brain imaging. Ebrains is distributed in different nodes in different countries, and with our integration, we are part of the spanish knot”.
“In the new decade, the approach to the brain will be marked by technology”
The Spanish node that is part of Ebrains stands out for its focus on three aspects that Sánchez points out below: “We focus on neurotechnology develop new tools and interact with the brain, integrate artificial intelligence in data analysis and research strategies to access the human brain. There is difficult access to experimentation for ethical reasons, so there are more and more strategies to be able to study bridges between research to animal models and in humansreaching the brain at all levels.
New technologies are revolutionizing the study of the brain
Idibabs is the biomedical research center leader in Spain and today has more than 100 research groups. “We have many projects underway and I am part of the Human brain project, a European study started in 2013 dedicated to the human brain and which will be completed next year. Our mission is to study neural networks which underpin the cognition Yet the sensitization. Basic and clinical research and analysis of brain function are included. It is the most relevant project in relation to Ebrains,” says Sánchez.
“Our mission is the study of the neural networks that underlie cognition and consciousness”
The neuroscientist considers that over the past decade, development of new technologies had a powerful impact on the approach to the brain, setting the blueprint for future long-term research: “We are at a point where the development of nanotechnology, computing and optical techniques It is essential to know the brain. Whenever we need new methods to read brain activity and be able to act on it. We can activate the brain areas to restore activity if there is a deficit in a pathology and restore normal activity.”
Brain activity, key to acting on the brain
On the other hand, Sánchez wanted to highlight the enormous fragility of the brainan element to be taken into account during the investigation of the organ: “The brain activity it is extremely fine, has a very precise spatio-temporal distribution. We do precise actions like speaking or writing, any action requires exquisite precision which allows us to activate the brain. There is an increasing need for methods biocompatibility and precision act on this delicate organ.
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