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Launching of the Human Brain Project (HBP)

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"In spite of that, and even if the neuro lacks the radically transformative impact often attributed to it, by the early twenty-first century it had taken shape in an immense range of products and initiatives, from amateurish self-help booklets to the one-billion-euro Human Brain Project and the three-billion-dollar BRAIN Initiative, both launched in 2013."


In 2013 the European Commission awarded neuroscientist Henry Markram $1.3 billion to pursue an audacious goal: building a simulation of the human brain. This was the beginning of the Human Brain Project (HBP), one of the two largest scientific projects ever funded by the European Union. According to its website, the HBP aims to build a research infrastructure to help advance neuroscience, medicine, and computing, this 10-year Project directly employs some 500 scientists at more than 100 universities, teaching hospitals and research centers across Europe.

According to the Youtube channel of the project:


The Human Brain Project will impact many different areas of society. Brain simulation will provide new insights into the basic causes of neurological diseases such as autism, depression, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. It will give us new ways of testing drugs and understanding the way they work. It will provide a test platform for new drugs that directly target the causes of disease and that have fewer side effects than current treatments. It will allow us to design prosthetic devices to help people with disabilities. The benefits are potentially huge. As world populations grow older, more than a third will be affected by some kind of brain disease. Brain simulation provides us with a powerful new strategy to tackle the problem.

The Human Brain Project builds on the work of the Blue Brain Project. Led by Henry Markram of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Blue Brain Project has already taken an essential first towards simulation of the complete brain. Over the last six years, the project has developed a prototype facility with the tools, know-how and supercomputing technology necessary to build brain models, potentially of any species at any stage in its development. As a proof of concept, the project has successfully built the first ever, detailed model of the neocortical column, one of the brain's basic building blocks.

In october 7, 2013 occurred the first day of the Human Brain Project Summit. Attendees from all over the world gathered at EPFL in Switzerland to launch the 10 year project that intends to help shape the future of neuroscience, computing and medicine.


 
Being Brains: Making The Cerebral Subject

Inspired by the homonymous book by Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega, this timespace presents the authors' genealogy of the cerebral subject and the influence of the neurological discourse in human sciences, mental health and culture.

Being Brains: Making The Cerebral Subject

Inspired by the homonymous book by Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega, this timespace presents the authors' genealogy of the cerebral subject and the influence of the neurological discourse in human sciences, mental health and culture.

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Primitive Culture, by Edward Burnett Tylor Coming of Age in Samoa, by Margaret Mead Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions, by Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth, by Derek Freeman Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, by Raymond Williams Thinking Through Cultures, by Richard Shweder Early use of the term social neuroscience Appearance of the term neuroanthropology in the Dictionary of Anthropology Topics researched in cultural neuroscience Social Neuroscience, by John T. Cacioppo and Gary Berntson Launch of the journal Social Neuroscience Launch of the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience First appearance of the term cultural neuroscience Neural Basis of Cultural Influence on Self-Representation, by Zhu et al. Foundation of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society Culture-sensitive neural substrates of human cognition: a transcultural neuroimaging approach, by Han and Northoff The first Ph.D. in Neuroanthropology Special Issues on Cultural Neuroscience Neural basis of individualistic and collectivistic views of the self, by Chiao et al. Foundation of the Society for Social Neuroscience Neuroanthropology vs. Cultural Neuroscience How Cultural is ‘Cultural Neuroscience’? Some Comments on an Emerging Research Paradigm, by Denkhaus and Bös Special Issues on Neuroanthropology The Encultured Brain, by Greg Downey and Daniel H. Lende Foundation of the journal Culture & Brain Cultural Neuroscience: Connecting Culture, Brain, and Genes, by Kitayama and Huff
Influence of psychoanalytic explanations Synthetization of Chlorpromazine The Divided Self, by Ronald Laing National Autistic Society Autism Society of America Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry, by David Cooper Mental Patients' Union The rise of Internet Autism Network International National Alliance for Autism Research The Looping Effects of Human Kinds, by Ian Hacking Thinking in Pictures, by Temple Grandin Cure Autism Now Foundation Autism Genetic Resource Exchange Books by David Healy Neurodiversity Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical Thoughts on Finding Myself Differently Brained, by Jane Meyerding Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Depression: The Anatomy of Melancholia, by Wayne Drevets Why I Dislike 'Person First' Language, by Jim Sinclair Why Can’t You Be Normal for Once in Your Life? by Judy Singer Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry, by Tanya Luhrmann Nosologomania: A Disorder of Psychiatry, by Herman van Praag World Health Report A Default Mode of Brain Function, by Raichle et al. Globalization of Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Agenda to Guide Development of a Pathophysiologically Based Classification System, by Charney et al. Functional Neuroimaging of Depression, by Erk, Walter and Spitzer Depression: Perspectives from Affective Neuroscience, by Davidson et al. Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation, by Davidson et al. The Misbehavior of Behaviorists: Ethical Challenges to the Autism-ABA Industry, by Michelle Dawson Petition to the United Nations Acceptance Versus Cure, by Sue Rubin A Mother's Perspective, by Kit Weintraub The bio-bio-bio model of madness, by John Read Deep Brain Stimulation for Clinical Study of Treatment-Resistant Depression, by Mayberg et al. First Autistic Pride Day Can Brain Scans See Depression?, by Benedict Carey Autism at the Crossroads: Determining the Phenotype Matters for Neuroscience, by Tony Charman Voices From The Spectrum, by Ariel and Naseef On Our Own Terms: Emerging Autistic Culture, by Martijn Dekker Autism Movement Seeks Acceptance, Not Cures, by Joseph Shapiro A New Look at the Neural Diathesis-Stress Model of Schizophrenia, by Jones and Fernyhough Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture, by Emily Martin Global Mental Health Movement (GMH) Light and Dark: Correcting the Balance, by Judy Singer Defining the Neural Circuitry of Depression: Towards a New Nosology with Therapeutic Implications, by Helen Mayberg Orchestrating Voices: Autism, Identity, and the Power of Discourse, by Nancy Bagatell Can Neuroscience be integrated into the DSM-V?, by Steven Hyman Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), a National Institute of Mental Health initiative Biological Vulnerability of Depression, by Nantel-Vivier and Pihl Neuroimaging and Depression: Current Status and Unresolved Issues, by Gotlib and Hamilton A glimmer of light for neuropsychiatric disorders, by Steven Hyman Major Depressive Disorder and White Matter Abnormalities: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study with Tract-Based Spatial Statistics, by Kieseppä et al. Lack of evidence of causality in depression Identity Politics and the Language Controversy, by Dora Raymaker Biomarkers in Psychiatry: Promises and Perils in the Real World, by Ilina Singh and Nikolas Rose Major Depressive Disorder: 2nd leading cause of disability worldwide How It Is Not ‘Just Like Diabetes’: Mental Disorders and the Moral Psychologist, by Nomy Arpaly Aspergia The pharmaceutical industry's turn: from medication to genetics The Pharma-Psych Nexus Structural Neuroimaging Studies in Major Depressive Disorder: Meta-analysis and Comparison with Bipolar Disorder, by Kempton et al. The Genetic Blueprint of Major Depressive Disorder: Contributions of Imaging Genetics Studies, by Scharinger et al. In Search of Biomarkers for Autism: Scientific, Social, and Ethical Challenges, by Walsh et al. The Epigenetics Revolution, by Nessa Carey Antipsychotics: Is It Time to Introduce Patient Choice?, by Morrison et al. Myth: Reframing Mental Illness as a ‘Brain Disease’ Reduces Stigma, by Joanna Cheek A Systematic Review of Resting-State Functional-MRI Studies in Major Depression, by Wang et al. The Book of Woe, by Gary Greenberg Classification of Depressive Disorders, by Philip J. Cowen The search for treatment-specific biomarkers Hopes for diagnostic based on identified biomarkers Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind, by Rose and Abi-Rached How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown, by Edward Shorter Brain Scans Could Become EKGs for Mental Disorders, by Roxanne Khamsi Concentrating on Kindness, an article on Science Mag Neuroimaging and Psychiatry: The Long Road from Bench to Bedside, by Helen Mayberg The Neurobiology of Meditation and Mindfulness, by Tobias Esch Is the Agenda for Global Mental Health a Form of Cultural Imperialism?, by Gavin Miller Connecting the Dots: A Review of Resting Connectivity MRI Studies in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, by Posner, Park, and Wang Most recent edition of the Handbook of Depression Is Evidence-based Psychiatry Ethical?, by Mona Gupta Melancholia: The Western Malady, by Matthew Bell
Sketches by Boz, by Charles Dickens Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë Shirley, by Charlotte Brontë David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens Villette, by Charlotte Brontë Bleak House, by Charles Dickens The Professor, by Charlotte Brontë The Lifted Veil, by George Eliot Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert L. Stevenson The Legacy of Cain, by Wilkie Collins Tess of the d’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy Dracula, by Bram Stoker Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov Professor Dowell’s Head, by Alexander Belyaev The World, the Flesh, and the Devil, by J.D. Bernal Donovan's Brain, by Curt Siodmak ¿A dónde van los cefalomos? by Ángel Arango Odd Corners, by William Hjortsberg The Terminal Man, by Michael Crichton Asleep in the Sun, by Adolfo Bioy Casares A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick The Making of Mind: A Personal Account of Soviet Psychology, by Alexander Luria Antecessors of Neuro Lit Crit Reason, Truth, and History, by Hilary Putnam Neuromancer, by William Gibson Schismatrix, by Bruce Sterling The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales, by Oliver Sacks Mindplayers, by Pat Cadigan When Gravity Fails, by George Alec Effinger A Fire in the Sun, by George Alec Effinger The Exile Kiss, by George Alec Effinger Fools, by Pat Cadigan The Turing Option, by Harry Harrison and Marvin Minsky Galatea 2.2, by Richard Powers Descartes' Error, by Antonio Damasio Enduring Love, by Ian McEwan Albrick's Gold, by Simon LeVay Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem Thinks... by David Lodge The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen The Epistemology of Cognitive Literary Studies, by Elizabeth Hart Adjusting the Frame, Comments on Cognitivism and Literature, by Adler and Gross Mind Catcher, by John Darnton My Father's Brain, by Jonathan Franzen Darwin and Derrida: Cognitive Literary Theory as a Species of Post-Structuralism, by Ellen Spolsky Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology, by Paul Broks The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon Saturday, by Ian McEwan The Echomaker, by Richard Powers Observe the Neurones. Between, Above and Below John Donne, by Antonia Byatt Proust Was a Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen Neuroesthetics, Neuroscientific Theory, and Illustration from the Arts, by Suzanne Nalbantian Consciousness as Content: Neuronarratives and the Redemption of Fiction, by Gary Johnson Lowboy, by John Wray The Rise of the Neuronovel, by Marco Roth Next Big Thing in English: Knowing They Know That You Know, by Patricia Cohen How Is the Selective Nature of Memory Explored by Ian McEwan and in Biology? by Imogen Ash This Is Your Brain on Jane Austen, and Stanford Researchers Are Taking Notes, by Corrie Goldman Phrenology and Physiognomy in Victorian Literature, by Boshears and Whitaker
Miracles, Science, and Testimony in Post-Tridentine Saint-Making, by Fernando Vidal Brainhood, Anthropological Figure of Modernity, by Fernando Vidal Ectobrains in the movies, chapter by Fernando Vidal in William Tronzo's book The Fragment: An Incomplete History The Moral Authority of Nature, edited by Lorraine Daston and Fernando Vidal Neurocultures: Glimpses Into an Expanding Universe, by Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega The Sciences of the Soul: The Early Modern Origins of Psychology, by Fernando Vidal La neuroesthétique, un esthétisme scientiste, an article by Fernando Vidal Are there Neural Correlates of Depression?, book chapter by Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega Neuroaesthetics: Getting Rid of Art and Beauty, reviewed article by Fernando Vidal L'expérience mélancolique au regard de la critique, an afterword by Fernando Vidal Prospero Lambertini's On the Imagination and Its Powers, by Fernando Vidal La vue d'ensemble délivre de l'inquiétude: notes sur un thème starobinskien, by Fernando Vidal Corporeality, Medical Technologies and Contemporary Culture, a book by Francisco Ortega Critical autism studies: exploring epistemic dialogues and intersections, challenging dominant understandings of autism The Biopolitics of Autism in Brazil, book chapter by Francisco Ortega, Rafaela Zorzanelli and Clarice Rios Being Brains: Making The Cerebral Subject, by Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega Academic and professional tensions and debates around ADHD in Brazil, book chapter by Francisco Ortega, Rafaela Zorzanelli and Valeria Portugal Phenomenology of the Locked-In Syndrome: an Overview and Some Suggestions, an article by Vidal Neurociências: Não somos o nosso cérebro?, a talk by Ortega Brazilian edition of Being Brains