Design | Digital Cartography
PROBLEM: The brain consists of billions of neurons and trillions of connections. How a large quantity of neuroanatomical data can be made accessible for users remains an important issue in biomedical data science and information design.
SOLUTION: This work describes the Neuroanatomical Affiliation Visualization-Interface System (NAVIS), a program to visualize complex brain structures and known neuronal connections in a three-dimensional space. I worked with a neurosurgeon and neuroanatomists to conceive of and write the program based on their highly cited brain atlas, “The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates”. The program offers a user-friendly “Google Map”-like interface, which can be used by researchers and surgeons performing stereotactic neurosurgery to search for structures with exact coordinates, and connections in the brain.
Collaborators: Olivier Palombi (University Hospital of Grenoble) and Charles Watson (Curtin University). George Paxinos (UNSW, Neuroscience Research Australia).
Published in Neuroinformatics (Palombi, Shin et al.).