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Jochen Triesch coordinates new Priority Programme

Jochen Triesch (BFNT Frankfurt, D-J Collaboration, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt) is coordinator of the new Priority Programme (PP) Computational Connectomics. It is one of 17 PP that will be established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) for 2017 (March 2016).

The young field of connectomics enables the production and study of detailed maps of connections within an organism’s nervous system at unprecedented scale and precision. The Priority Programme (PP) Computational Connectomics aims to strengthen the computational underpinnings of this endeavor by the development of computational models and theories to describe and explain such data, the construction of automated analysis techniques to facilitate acquisition of such data, and the management and sharing of such data.

Besides Jochen Triesch (BFNT Frankfurt, D-J Collaboration, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt), Moritz Helmstaedter (MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt), Claus C. Hilgetag (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Heiko J. Luhmann (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz), and Petra Ritter (BFNL state dependencies of learning, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) also contributed to the proposal.

The 17 Priority Programmes were selected out of 76 submitted concepts. Over the coming months, the DFG will announce a separate call for proposals for the programmes. A total of approximately €108 million will be available for the 17 new programmes in the first three-year funding period. The Priority Programmes are generally funded for a period of six years.

Press release by the DFG.

Image: Moritz Helmstaedter, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt