About The Marmoset Brain Architecture Project
The marmoset brain connectivity atlas is part of the Brain Architecture Project. Our immediate aim is to create a systematic, publicly available digital repository for data on the connections between different cortical areas, in a primate species.
This initial stage takes advantage of a large collection of materials obtained over two decades of research, using fluorescent retrograde tracer injections in adult marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Whereas several research papers have already stemmed from this material (e.g. Rosa et al. 2009; Burman et al. 2011; Reser et al. 2013), the present project represents a new initiative, towards collating these data and making them publicly available, in their entirety.
We believe that sharing these materials via a digital interface will address many of the current limitations of the traditional media used for communication of neuroanatomical research, including allowing access to the entire data set (as opposed to the few sections typically illustrated in journal articles), and enabling other interpretations of the data, in light of the future evolution of knowledge about the marmoset cortex.
Among other positive consequences, we hope that the availability of raw data, which can be analysed independently in different contexts, will reduce the number of animals that need to be used for research on the organization of the primate nervous systems.