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Road-mapping the Asian brain
Date:7/3/2012

Scientists at The University of Nottingham are leading research that will develop the world's first 'atlas' of the Asian brain.

Working in collaboration with colleagues in South Korea, the project aims to build a detailed picture of how the Asian brain develops normally, taking into account the differences and variations which occur from person to person.

The resulting road-map of the brain could be used to help doctors in countries like South Korea, Japan and China to develop new diagnostic tools for age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementia, allowing them to spot illnesses at a much earlier stage, thereby improving treatment options and outcomes.

The two-year project will marry the expertise of Nottingham academics in advanced brain imaging techniques, including ultra high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with the clinical expertise and specialist computer software development skills of researchers at Korea University in Seoul.

Stephen Jackson, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the University's School of Psychology, said: "Developing this atlas of the Asian brain will be a major step forward in furthering the field of neuroscience, which is developing rapidly in the East.

"We hope this two-year project will also act as a template for further UK-South Korean collaboration and knowledge transfer, which has been highlighted by Government as a strategic priority."

The project, initially funded with a Global Partnership Fund grant from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (BIS), will see the Nottingham academics working with colleagues in the College of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and Psychology at Korea University, to scan the brains of healthy Asian adults using advanced MRI techniques.

Data from the hundreds of images produced will then be analysed and computer modelling techniques used to build up a detailed picture of how a normal
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Contact: Emma Thorne
emma.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-951-5793
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

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