The UK Neuroinformatics Node
WELCOME to the Neuroinformatics Node Homepage!
This is a network of UK researchers working in the emerging field of neuroinformatics. Formed in January 2008 as a successor to the UK Neuroinformatics Network, it organises a set of activities to strengthen and develop UK neuroinformatics.
The Node acts as the UK hub of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF). This is an international body, currently subscribed to by 18 member countries. It has a programme of activities dealing with neuroinformatics issues that require coordination at an international level, such as: how to share data or models, store data long term, interlink current brain atlases, organise the best training for neuroinformatics.
- The INCF's eighth annual congress, Neuroinformatics 2015, took place in Cairns, Australia, 20-22 August 2015. Note that next year's is in Reading, UK!
- The proposal to continue the UK's subscription to the INCF, and to revitalise and fund the UK Node of the INCF has been submitted (30 July 2015) to the Medical Research Council (MRC), as a MRC Partnership grant. For further information please contact Leslie Smith (email address at bottom of page). WE are hopeful that this will be funded, though we will not know till towards the end of 2015.
- There was a Nodes workshop in Warsaw 16-17 April 2015, the 12th INCF
Nodes Workshop Node Communication and Collaborative Neuroinformatics, which the UK Node presented at. Nodes workshops are now planned to be annula, and to take place at different Node locaions.
There are new events in the near future, on the Events and Projects tab:
- The UK Node presented at the recent INCF Workshop on Node Communication and Collaborative Neuroinformatics meeting in Warsaw
The UK will host the 2016 INCF Congress at Reading: the decision was taken at the INCF Governing Board meeting in December 2014
Stephen Eglen has produced a list of recent UK Neuroinformatics publications: this is not intended to be exhaustive, but to show off the range and diversity of such publications.
- December 2014: The website has been transferred to a new server, and simplified. Hopefully it mostly still works!
- June 2014: Note that quite a lot of the information on this page is repeated at the INCF's site http://www.incf.org/about/who-we-are/nodes/united-kingdom
Aims and Objectives of the Node
The Node is a forum for the UK neuroinformatics community. The Node provides a channel for discussion, a means for developing neuroinformatics, and for training in neuroinformatics, and a voice to represent the community in discussions with other scientific areas, commercial organisations, funding/governmental and international agencies.
- To facilitate dialogue and promote awareness including:
To stimulate new work involving neuroinformatics.
To support neuroinformatics education and training.
To play a leading role in UK's strategy in neuroinformatics.
To ensure sustainability of neuroinformatics resources.
improving the awareness and usage of neuroinformatics techniques particularly for those in clinical and experimental neuroscience
interactions between neuroinformatics practitioners within the UK and between the UK and other countries;
participation in INCF activities;
stimulation of interest in UK neuroinformatics within other scientific, medical and commercial communities and within funding bodies and governmental agencies.
Mailing List and Monthly Newsletter
The UK Node has a mailing list for all its members. We use this to keep our members informed of our events and current neuroinformatics news.
If you wish to join it, please click here. Any member can post to the list.
The UK Node previously sent out newsletters - please click here to view previous newsletters.
The Node was funded until 2013 by MRC, EPSRC and BBSRC.
A new funding proposal (as an MRC Partnership Grant) was submitted at the end of July 2015 - see news item above.