Imaging the human brain is an incredibly powerful tool to probe the mysteries of your most important organ. However, neuroimaging has a dirty little secret: it has been held back by a lack of sharing. Science journalist Giorgia Guglielmi gives a behind-the-scenes tour of a novel “crowdsourcing approach” to brain scans that is overcoming barriers to collaboration and supercharging neuroscience. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone interested in neuroscience or seeking a better understanding of the scientific process.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why brain imaging is hard for a solo researcher,
- How ENIGMA, a crowd-sourced collaborative effort, has overcome significant research barriers, and
- What new insights into the brain, genetics and disease this collaboration has revealed.
About the Author
Giorgia Guglielmi is a writer for Science magazine in Washington, DC. She holds a PhD in Biology from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.