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The National Node of the USA is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The US is establishing a distributed series of nodes, recognizing the diversity and size of the neuroinformatics community in the United States. Two such current nodes reside at the Neuroscience Information Framework and the Neuroimaging Tool and Resource Clearinghouse (NITRC), two large projects funded by the National Institutes of Health Blueprint for Neuroscience Research consortium. The Blueprint is a consortium of the 16 NIH institutes, centers and offices that support neuroscience research that was established to support common programs across institutes. A third node is the Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS), a joint NIH-National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative that promotes data sharing in the computational neuroscience community. The US Node is currently funded by the National Science Foundation which fields a large number of resources for computational neuroscience. The NIF project has established a common mailing list for all neuroinformatics centers that would like to serve as part of the US Node in order to foster communication about neuroinformatics in the US and abroad. Both the NIF and NITRC projects have been active partners and contributors to INCF activities. NITRC worked to establish the INCF Software Center and provides the source for neuroimaging-related tools. The NIF co-hosts the Neurolex wiki, a semantic wiki for viewing the products of the the Structural Lexicon and Neuron Registry Task Forces for the Program on Ontologies for Neural Structures (PONS) of the INCF. The US Node is also actively involved in creating the underlying spatial services for the INCF Program on Digital Atlasing. The US is excited and pleased to be hosting INCF's Neuroinformatics 2011 Congress in Boston.

Head, US delegation to the INCF Governing Board

Dr. Diane M. Witt
Cluster Leader & Program Director
Neural Systems Cluster
Integrative Organismal Systems / BIO
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
Tel: 1-703-292-7887
Fax: 1-703-292-9153


Scientific Representative to the INCF Governing Board

Maryann Martone, Ph. D.
Department of Neuroscience
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92093-04460

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