Lat updated: July 10, 2018


What is the Brain/MINDS Project?

Launched in 2014, Brain/MINDS is Japan’s Brain Mapping Project. The core institute for the project is RIKEN and it was sponsored by MEXT in 2014 and now AMED since 2015. The unique appeal of the Brain/MINDS project is its focus on mapping the brain of a small new world monkey, the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). This is important because research on the non-human primate brain is essential for understanding the human brain and for developing knowledge-based strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

The project consists of three major groups:

  • Structural and functional mapping of the non-human primate brain (particularly the marmoset brain).
  • Development of novel, cutting-edge technologies that support brain mapping.
  • Human brain mapping and clinical research.

Collaboration among these groups will be help to determine the causal relationships between the structural/ functional damage of neuronal circuits and disease phenotypes in psychiatric and neurological disorders, and to eventually develop innovative therapeutic interventions for these diseases.

As a specimen of study, the common marmoset has the following advantages for brain mapping: i) It’s frontal lobe is more developed than in other commonly used animals and is also more similar to humans; ii) The brain is compact (approximately 8 grams) and is suitable for the comprehensive analysis of neural circuitry; iii) Marmosets can be genetically modified and manipulated.

<Brain/MINDS Homepage  URL> https://brainminds.jp


What is the Brain/MINDS Data Portal?

The Brain/MINDS Data Portal has been launched for sharing the data and knowledge being produced in the Brain/MINDS project. The portal aims to provide integrated knowledge for public use and original data for open research and collaboration.

The portal is managed by Brain/MINDS Database Council, RIKEN Center for Brain Science.

<Brain/MINDS Data Portal URL>  https://www.brainminds.riken.jp

The former URL https://www.bminds.brain.riken.jp is redirected to the above.


Contact Information

Administrative office of Brain/MINDS Data Portal

Secretariat for Brain/MINDS
RIKEN Center for Brain Science, 2-1, Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, JAPAN

Technical management of Brain/MINDS Data Portal

Neuroinformatics Unit
RIKEN Center for Brain Science, 2-1, Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, JAPAN

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Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies (Brain/MINDS)
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
 Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)