Novel methodologies and computerized brain mapping techniques will be developed to study the structure, function, and spatio-temporal changes in the human brain as well as the brains of non-human primates. The brainnetome atlas will be an in vivo map, with more fine-grained functional brain subregions and detailed anatomical and functional connection patterns for each area, which could help researchers to more accurately describe the locations of the activation or connectivity in the brain.
At this stage, the brainnetome atlas will facilitate investigations of structure-function relationships, comparative neuroanatomical studies, and promises new biomarkers for diagnosis and clinical studies. In the next step of the construction of the brainnetome atlas, it will go local instead of global and dynamic instead of static, which will be along with the other brain mapping information, such as genetic expression patterns, connectivity patterns and the spatio-temporal dynamic changes during normal development and the aging process, or in different disease states.
Currently, Brainnetome atlas contains 246 subregions of the bilateral hemispheres. We will constantly update new brain regions in the near future.