Please join the Wits Cortex Club for a seminar on ‘Principles of Wiring of the Human Connectome’ by Prof Martijn van den Heuvel of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on Tuesday 24 April at 13h00 at the Adler Museum of Medicine, Wits Faculty of Health Sciences.
‘Using network science as a general framework to study the network architecture of nervous system connectivity, more and more studies have highlighted that human and animal brains display features of an efficient communication network. In my talk, I will discuss potential general principles of wiring of connectome organization. These principles are conserved across species and are argued to play a fundamental role in nervous system functioning. I will highlight findings that show that connectomes display an efficient communication structure with pronounced community organization for specialized processing, together with global short communication relays and a central ‘rich club core’. I will discuss the evolutionary importance of the connectome, how the macroscale connectome may be related to the microanatomy of the brain, and how general themes of wiring may play a role in the aetiology of a wide range of psychiatric disorders.’
Please make sure you RSVP to secure your seat.