Journal of Comparative Neurology

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The new Human Brain Atlas, described in the recent Journal of Comparative Neurology article entitled “Comprehensive cellular-resolution atlas of the adult human brain” (Song-Lin Ding et al., J. Comp. Neurol. 524(16): 3127–3481), from the Allen Institute represents yet another in an impressive series of major contributions from that team to the advancement of neuroscience. In full disclosure, I had the pleasure of serving on an Advisory Board for this project, along with Patrick Hof, Edward Jones, Larry Swanson, David van Essen, Daniel Geschwind, Richard Gibbs, Art Toga, and Christof Koch. It has been an astounding privilege to see the plans for this project take shape, and now to see some of the fruits of that labor. For many years, my MRI colleagues who want to identify cell groups in the human brain have asked for my help in finding atlases that can guide them. The then available atlases suffered from a variety of problems, from not including the entire brain, to not having closely spaced sections, and not using modern terminology to identify structures. Probably the greatest deficit, though, in my opinion, was that the printed atlases were not scalable. In other words, they did not go from the macroscopic level, showing full brain sections, to the level at which one can see the neuronal morphology that informs neuroanatomists about where the boundaries lie. In addition, most atlases used a single method (most often a Nissl stain) to identify landmarks. The new Allen Human Brain Atlas addresses all of these issues. Most importantly, because the atlas is available online as well as in the static version that occupies the entirety of Issue 524(16), one can adjust the magnification from the whole brain macro level to visualizing nucleoli in individual cells. This is the brain of a single 34 year old woman, and it is not linked to an MRI reference plane, but with the richness of this dataset, it is only a matter of time before someone does that. My only regret is that my MRI colleagues may stop knocking on my door!

Prof. Clifford B. Saper, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (USA)

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Floyd E. Bloom

The 2016 Sanford L. Palay Award was presented to Professor Floyd E. Bloom, MD, in recognition of his lifetime achievements and contributions in structural neuroscience.

John H. Morrison

The 2016 Sanford L. Palay Award was presented to Professor John H. Morrison, Ph.D., in recognition of his outstanding contributions in structural neuroscience.

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