|Neuroinformatics combines neuroscience and informatics research to develop and apply the advanced tools and approaches that are essential for major advances in understanding the structure and function of the brain.|
The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) was established in 2005 through the Global Science Forum of the Organisation of Economic Coordination and Development (OECD) in response to the need for an international informatics network to tackle the challenge of understanding the human brain and its function in health and disease. The complexity of the brain requires input from people across many different disciplines with many different methodologies to address brain function. The major goal of the INCF is to harness the computational tools existing in the physical and information sciences that are needed to develop structured neuroscience databases and to store, analyse and model the immense quantity of neuroscience data available at many different levels of analysis.
The INCF addresses specific neuroinformatics issues that require international cooperation. One important mode of operation is through establishing focussed Programs. Following an initial stage of consultation, workshops of experts establish the specific questions to be addressed, from which a set of actions follows. These are then initiated, or facilitated, as appropriate in co-operation with the National Nodes of the member countries. Currently, Programs exist for
The INCF has a dedicated Youtube channel which it uses to feature videos and presentations made of their activities. Please click here to visit the INCF channel.