Deciphering the cortical folding pattern
There are more than seven billion humans alive today, who have both unique fingerprints and unique cortical folding patterns. Nobody knows whether the variability in these cortical folding patterns has a meaning, or even where these patterns, which appear in utero, come from. In mainstream brain mapping methodologies, this variability is treated as noise, and is cancelled out as far as possible when warping each brain to a template. However, our research group considers that cortical folding could become a useful proxy for cortical architecture, as evidenced by the distinctive patterns observed in some developmental diseases. We are interested in developing computer vision systems targeting complex structures embedded in neuroimaging data. Our main quest is to decipher these cortical folding patterns.
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