Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Crowd-Sourcing Expands Power of Brain Research

From the article: "Scientists working to understand the biology of brain function — and especially those using brain imaging, a blunt tool — have been badly stalled. But the new work, involving more than 200 scientists, lays out a strategy for breaking the logjam. The findings appear in a series of papers published online Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics.

“What’s really new here is this movement toward crowd-sourcing brain research,” said Paul Thompson, a professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and senior author of one of the papers…..“It means sharing your data, pooling everything,” Dr. Thompson said, “and this is not usually how scientists work.” Read more