Brain mapping study centered in St. Louis

The human brain is among the most complex structures in the universe — and researchers here will try to map it in just five years.

A consortium led by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Minnesota has launched a project, dubbed the Human Connectome, that will diagram all the major circuits in a healthy human brain. The effort, which includes researchers from St. Louis University, is the first of its kind and will lay the groundwork for understanding how the human brain functions — and eventually, how it doesn’t.

[St. Louis Post Dispatch]