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This article is part of the supplement: Abstracts from the Twenty Second Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting: CNS*2013

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The brain activity map: imaging the activity of entire neural circuits

Rafael Yuste

  • Correspondence: Rafael Yuste

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University, Biological Sciences, 901 NWC Building, 550 West 120th Street, New York, N.Y. 10027, USA

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BMC Neuroscience 2013, 14(Suppl 1):A4  doi:10.1186/1471-2202-14-S1-A4

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Published:8 July 2013

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Keynote speaker presentation

The function of neural circuits is an emergent property that arises from the coordinated activity of large numbers of neurons. To capture this, we propose launching a large-scale, international public effort, the Brain Activity Map Project, aimed at imaging the full record of neural activity across complete neural circuits. This technological challenge could prove to be an invaluable step toward understanding fundamental and pathological brain processes.