The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras will set up a brain research center, and it’s going to do that. The goal is to make the most detailed map of the human brain possible with the help of technology.
The center will also help IIT Madras with future brain-related research projects. BrainSightAI, a startup company in India, is working on using functional MRI (fMRI) data to make virtual or digital maps of the human brain. This is an early project. The digital twin can be used to learn more about how electrical impulses can help treat neurological conditions like schizophrenia.
- The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is establishing a brain research unit on campus to contribute to future IIT brain research projects.
- The new brain research center’s initial purpose, according to Sivaprakasam, is to develop a first-layer data set of high-resolution imaging of the human brain.
- So it went to India’s chief scientific advisor, K. Vijay Raghavan.
- He approved a brain research center at IIT Madras in February 2020.
- The facility will create almost 2,000 portions of a small human brain, and each mapped into 100 TB of data.
India’s Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras will set up a brain research center on campus. This center will use engineering and technology to make the highest-resolution map of the human brain and help with other brain-related research projects.
It’s called “Computational and Experimental Platform for High-Resolution Terapixel Imaging of Ex-vivo Human Brain Cells.” Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, who already runs the Healthcare Technology Innovation Center at IIT Madras, will also run this new center. According to Sivaprakasam, the first goal of the new brain research center is to build the first layer of high-resolution images of the human brain that are driven by technology.
In this project, we want to make an atlas of the cells and connections in the brain. It is the most complicated part of the body, with tens of billions of cells connected in a very complicated way. Today, we can use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see what’s inside the human brain. “However,” Sivaprakasam said, MRI-based brain reconstruction is done at a millimeter level, which means that the data is “rough.”
For some treatments, the data above is fine. To go even deeper into the subject, we need imaging data less than 0.5 microns wide or even smaller. When people were alive, that wasn’t possible in different brain parts. Even when people died, that wasn’t possible. Added him: “This is what we did in 2019.”
When K. Vijay Raghavan, the Indian government’s main scientific advisor, saw the proposal, he sent it to the government. During a meeting in February 2020, he agreed to set up a brain research center at IIT Madras.
Brain research projects have been getting more and more help from technology-based platforms. BrainSightAI, an early-stage Indian startup, is using functional MRI (fMRI) data to make virtual or digital maps of the human brain using Dassault Systemes’ augmented technology platform. Then, the digital twin can be used to understand how electrical impulses can help treat neurological conditions like schizophrenia.
These technologies are also being used in neurological research by the Indian National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans).
Because IIT Madras’ facility doesn’t use biological methods to study the brain, Sivaprakasam says it’s unique worldwide.
There will be a facility that will make more than 2,000 parts of a small human brain, which will be mapped into more than 100 TB of data. A lot of data is run through a high-performance computing platform to make brain atlas for research. The brains of three people have already been passed through our center. Universities around the world now use it, “Sivaprakasam said.” About 15 researchers from Europe, the US, South Africa, and Japan also use it.
As time goes on, the center will be used by people of all kinds, including students and businesses in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. : They’ll be working with the center to start new research projects on neurological disorders.