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Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology (NWB:N) is funded by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, GE, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) and The Kavli Foundation.

Our founding scientific partners are the Buzsáki Group at the New York University School of Medicine, the Meister Group at the California Institute of Technology, the Svoboda Lab at Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the University of California, Berkeley. Ovation.io is our software development partner.

Team Members

György Buzsáki and Group at the New York University School of Medicine

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György Buzsáki is the Biggs Professor of Neuroscience at the New York University School of Medicine. His  lab studies how neural circuits code, transfer and store information, and in particular how this is achieved by the coordinated, rhythmic activity of neurons. Buzsáki proposed the two-stage model of memory consolidation, which has received widespread experimental validation. He has pioneered methods for simultaneously recording the electrical activity of ensembles of neurons. In 2011, he shared The Brain Prize for research his work on the  functional organization of neuronal circuits in the hippocampus. The Buzsáki contributes data sets to Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology.

Chinh Dang at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

Chinh DangChinh Dang is Chief Administrative Officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, where she leads the core administration functions. She has been with the Allen Institute since 2004 and most recently was the Chief Technology Officer leading the efforts on developing scalable and robust database management infrastructure, automated data processing, and data presentation and visualization of the publicly available Allen Brain Atlas resources.

Christof Koch at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

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Christof Koch is President and Chief Science Officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, where he oversees a suite of open science resources including the Allen Cell Types Database, which is supported by the Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology format. He is a renowned neuroscientist whose research interests include the neural basis of consciousness.

Markus Meister and Group at the California Institute of Technology

Meister-Markus_8768-NEWS-WEBMarkus Meister is the Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. His lab studies the structure and function of neural circuits, and in particular, how sensory information is processed in the system. To meet the goals of his research, Meister has developed a wireless recording system for neural signals. He received the Lawrence C. Katz Prize for Innovative Research in Neuroscience and the Golden Brain Award for Vision and Brain Research from the Minerva Foundation. The Meister Group is a data contributor to Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology.

Fritz Sommer at University of California, Berkeley

150px-FritzFritz Sommer is a theoretical neuroscientist at the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies the theoretical principles of how neurons and networks in the brain collaborate and organize to produce perception, memory, action and ultimately cognition. With Jeff Teeters, Sommers manages CRCNS.org, a repository for neuroscience data, and coordination of Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology.

Karel Svoboda and Group at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medicine Institute

Svoboda_0188_betterKarel Svoboda is a Group Leader at the Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia. He studies how synapses, neurons and their networks are altered by sensory experience, and builds advanced imaging tools for brain research. Svoboda shared The Brain Prize in 2015 for the development of two-photon microscopy, a technique that allows scientists to examine the function of individual neurons with high precision. His group contributes data to Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology.

Jeff Teeters of University of California, Berkeley

Jeff Teeters

Jeff Teeters is project coordinator for Neurodata Without Borders. He is also the developer and administrator of CRCNS.org, a repository for neuroscience data that is supported by the Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS), a joint program of the NSF and NIH, along with Fritz Sommer. He is based at the University of California, Berkeley.

Funders

Allen Institute for Brain Science

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit medical research organization dedicated to accelerating the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, the Allen Institute generates useful public resources used by researchers and organizations around the globe, drives technological and analytical advances, and discovers fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory. Launched in 2003 with a seed contribution from founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute is supported by a diversity of government, foundation and private funds to enable its projects. Given the Institute’s achievements, Mr. Allen committed an additional $300 million in 2012 for the first four years of a ten-year plan to further propel and expand the Institute’s scientific programs, bringing his total commitment to date to $500 million. The Allen Institute’s data and tools are publicly available online at www.brain-map.org.

GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and helping to cure the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ge.com.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute plays a powerful role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the country and around the world, have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research.

International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility

The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) is an international organization launched in 2005, following a proposal from the Global Science Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to establish international coordination and collaborative informatics infrastructure for neuroscience – and currently has 17 member countries across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. INCF establishes and operates scientific programs to develop standards for neuroscience data sharing, analysis, modeling and simulation while coordinating an informatics infrastructure designed to enable the integration of neuroscience data and knowledge worldwide and catalyze insights into brain function in health and disease.

The Kavli Foundation

The Kavli Foundation advances science for the benefit of humanity, promotes public understanding of scientific research, and supports scientists and their work. Based in Southern California, the Foundation’s mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics, and through the support of conferences, symposia, endowed professorships and other activities. The Foundation is also a founding partner of the biennial Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. For more information, visit www.kavlifoundation.org.

Development Partner

Ovation.io focuses on removing software barriers to doing great science. Leveraging deep experience in design and development of software solutions for scientific partners, Ovation.io helps researchers and collaborators find a better way to structure, manage, annotate and exchange data. A rich history in neurobiology and a diverse set of interests motivates the team at Ovation.io to drive progress in life science research through innovative new tools such as a next-generation scientific data-layer-as-a-service. Ovation.io is taking a fresh approach to helping scientists and service labs capture knowledge, collaborate efficiently and organize their overall scientific life.

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