Mouse Brain-Scanning Worldprize
$1 MILLION (Prize amount to be confirmed. Announcement expected for next year)
The mouse brain refers to the brain of Mus musculus. Various brain atlases exist.
Brain mapping is a set of neuroscience techniques predicated on the mapping of (biological) quantities or properties onto spatial representations of the (human or non-human) brain resulting in maps.
Brain mapping is specifically defined, as the study of the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord through the use of imaging, immunohistochemistry, molecular & optogenetics, stem cell and cellularbiology, engineering, neurophysiology and nanotechnology.
Despite superficial differences, especially in size and weight, the mouse brain and its function can serve as a powerful animal model for study of human brain diseases or mental disorders. This is because the genes responsible for building and operating both mouse and human brain are 90% identical.