Marmoset Brain Mapping Project: Current Progress and Future Directions

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

McGovern Institute for Brain Research, 46-3189 McGovern Seminar Room 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Speaker: Cirong Liu, Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: The Marmoset Brain Mapping Project was launched in Nov 2016, aiming at building comprehensive MRI-based marmoset brain atlases and tools to facilitate neuroimaging and connectome studies of marmosets. With supports and helps from multiple labs, we have made significant progress during these years, not only in developing atlases for mapping the marmoset brain, but also in pushing the resolution limit of non-human primate MRI (Liu, et al, Neuroimage, 2018; Liu, et al, Nature Communication, 2019; Liu, et al, Nature Neuroscience, 2020). These efforts resulted in useful atlases, tools, and applications for the marmoset research, and unique and valuable dMRI data that can be of interests to researchers who are in the MRI research field. Via the website (, we shared all of our fruits, including raw data, to the research community. Our "effort-tree" is still growing and we hope the current and the future fruits will promote open-science and contribute to a better understanding of the brain by using marmoset animal models. 

Dr. CIRONG Liu acquired his MSc degree from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012; and PhD degree from Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland in 2016. From 2016 to 2019, he studied as Postdoctoral Fellow in Laboratory of Functional and Molecular Imaging, NINDS/NIH, followed by an appointment as Research Assistant Professor in University of Pittsburgh. He will join Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences as the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Translational Brain Imaging. His main research interest is multi-modal brain mapping of the common marmoset to study large-scale brain network development and dynamics underlying social behaviour and brain disorders.

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