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University of Leeds joins EU human brain project  

The University of Leeds has become a partner in the Human Brain Project (HBP), one of the biggest EU-funded initiatives to date. Research at the University will be lead by Dr Marc De Kamps, from the School of Computing, who is Leeds’ Primary Investigator, and began working on the project on 1st April 2014.

Dr De Kamps and his team will work to employ novel techniques to model parts of human brain tissue in terms of neural populations, rather than individual neurons, which will allow them to make precise hypotheses about how high level cognition works.

Talking about the project, Dr De Kamps said “With our techniques and models, we will aim to make far better and direct predictions of expected results in imaging and multielectrode array experiments. We bring a new ability to freely explore in our imagination - and simulation - how the brain could work, but also to compare the results of that process to experimental data with a directness and precision that is currently lacking.”

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The HBP began in October 2013 with the aim of creating the world's largest experimental facility for ground-breaking research into the structure and functions of the human brain.

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