Print your Brain
Leader: Dr. Timo Torsten Schmidt, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin; institutional connection: Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Berlin (CCNB), Freie Universität Berlin
Period of sponsorship: April 2021 – March 2022
Print Your Brain began at the start of 2021 as a team of students working online to develop an Open Source data processing pipeline by which MRI brain scans of individual brains could be 3D printed. You can find a summary and video about what has been achieved by now on the following webpage:
Within Print Your Brain, several focus groups were formed in order to ensure that each student could best contribute their individual skills, expertise, and passion to the project: (1) Infrastructure (2) Data Processing (3) Open Science (4) 3D Printer (5) Product Design & Public Relations The overall structure of the research group implements organization and management similar to small businesses or start-ups to explore how such efficient structures and project management can be applied and adapted to the academic world and to practice teamwork beyond the classical academic environment.
Learning outcomes: Students will have the knowledge how structural MRI images are acquired according to current research standards. Students are able to process structural MRI images with different state-of-the art software packages (e.g. SPM, FSL, Freesurfer). Students will have gained experience in working in a virtual team and working with classic and agile project management. Students will gain experience in 3D printing and at the end of the course, they will hold a 3D print of their own brain in their hands.
Target group: Masterstudents with background in Neuroscience and a basic understanding of neuroimaging data, programming experience in Matlab or Python, high motivation for teamwork