Knowledge of cerebral cortical connectivity in primates is essential for understanding higher brain mechanisms of sensation, perception and cognition and their disorders but connection tracing studies are increasingly uncommon, older studies are accessible only through publications which represent an earlier investigator's interpretation of the data, and access to the original data for re-interpretation is commonly unavailable. Retrieval of archives of experimental material and conversion to an accessible digital form presents considerable logistical and other handicaps. We seek to develop a comprehensive and ongoing archive of material demonstrating cortical and subcortical connectivity in rhesus monkey brains, in which all the histological material from individual experiments is available in its digital form, with a suitable search engine providing open access to all investigators. In this way, original experimental data can be annotated and re-interpreted as newer parcellations of cortical and subcortical structures are made on the basis of accumulating functional and clinical data. The current proposal builds on expertise in constructing high resolution microscopic atlases of primate brain architecture and will create a searchable database of connections of the cerebral cortex in the adult rhesus monkey. A pipeline will be established in which targeted cortical areas in a series of monkeys will be injected with a tracer transported both retrogradely and anterogradely. Digital data about each individual brain will be collected by means of: structural mri;serial imaging of the sectioned blockface as each 40

Public Health Relevance

Knowledge of how functional regions of the primate cerebral cortex are connected with one another is essential for understanding brain mechanisms of sensation, perception and cognition and their disorders, especially in relation to functional brain imaging. Relevant experimental data however is becoming hard to obtain because few studies are being done, access to original data is not provided in older forms of publication and theire are no archives of such information. We seek to develop a comprehensive and ongoing archive of material demonstrating cortical and subcortical connectivity in rhesus monkey brains at microscopic resolution. In it, all the material from individual experiments is available in digital form, with a suitable search engine providing open access to all investigators and interrelated with other databases of neuroscientific information. The result will be a living archive to which data essential for the understanding of the pathophysiology of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders can continue to be added and queried.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01MH077556-05
Application #
8196995
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-MDCN-K (51))
Program Officer
Freund, Michelle
Project Start
2007-12-10
Project End
2013-10-31
Budget Start
2011-11-01
Budget End
2013-10-31
Support Year
5
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$622,109
Indirect Cost
$212,827
Name
University of California Davis
Department
Ophthalmology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
047120084
City
Davis
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
95618
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