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Computer models of the human brain

Marcus Kaiser, Newcastle University


Brains show a complex organization with billions of cells interacting to process information and to decide upon behaviour. Recent techniques give us information about how cells and brain regions are connected through axons and fibre tracts. They also give us information about how such a network differs for children and adolescents with epilepsy, autism, or schizophrenia. We can use computer algorithms to analyze these networks and to find characteristics of different diseases. Based on this knowledge, computer simulations can help us to find individual treatments for each patient.

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Marcus Kaiser's biography

Marcus Kaiser is Professor of Neuroinformatics at the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. He studied biology and computer science and works at the boundary between biomedicine and engineering. He leads the Neuroinformatics stream within the Bioinformatics master programme. He also leads Neuroinformatics UK ( ) which represents more than 500 UK researchers in the field. His research is about computational models that inform diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain disorders ( ).

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