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Principles of wiring of the human connectome

When: Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Where: Parktown Health Sciences Campus
Adler Museum
Start time:13:00

Professor Martijn van den Heuvel from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will present this talk

Using network science as a general framework to study the network architecture of nervous system connectivity, more and more studies have highlighted that human and animal brains display features of an efficient communication network. In this talk, Van den Heuvel will discuss potential general principles of wiring of connectome organisation. These principles are conserved across species and are argued to play a fundamental role in nervous system functioning. He will highlight findings that show that connectomes display an efficient communication structure with pronounced community organisation for specialised processing, together with global short communication relays and a central 'rich club core’. He will also discuss the evolutionary importance of the connectome, how the macroscale connectome may be related to the microanatomy of the brain, and how general themes of wiring may play a role in the aetiology of a wide range of psychiatric disorders.


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