BICCN includes a growing number of datasets providing RNA sequence-level information in human brain, which is considered potentially identifiable. The consortium encourages use of tissue that is collected with the least restrictive consents, but datasets may consist of tissue collected under different patient consent conditions. Some datasets may be accessed without restrictions, including gene expression summarized as gene counts or otherwise aggregated to anonymize base sequences, and may be accessed directly from the NeMO data archive. Human sequence data collected under open access consent language may also be obtained directly from NeMO archive.
For human sequence level datasets collected under controlled access consent language, we announce a new process for data access. NeMO data archive has partnered with the NIMH Data Archive to provide a platform for application for and approval of human data access. Data access approvals will be managed at a dataset level by the NeMO data archive, and work is in progress to get each of the restricted access human datasets into the NDA platform. Please see detailed instructions here.
BICCN was highlighted in a recent "Methods to Watch" article from Nature Methods:
"Large-scale initiatives like these generate a wealth of data, resources and tools, and making these available to the community is bound to multiply their impact. We look forward to these efforts bearing fruit."
The Transcritpomics Explorer is a new tool that allows users to easily access cell-type information from mouse and human brains and to explore several custom-built visualizations of the data. Data supported by the U19 Zeng and U01 Lein BICCN grants is now available for visualization and analysis in the Transcriptomics Explorer.
Read more in the Allen Institute for Brain Science press release: Characterizing cell types in the mammalian brain.
The fourth BICCN Steering Committee meeting was held at the Marriott Marquis Chicago on October 18, 2019 in advance of the Society for Neuroscience conference. Attendees heard progress updates from across the consortium, as well as presentations from the new BICCN grant awardees for 2019. Breakout sessions focused on topics including renewable antibody resources for proteomic phenotyping of the brain, consortium data infrastructure, and future planning for joint analysis opportunities.
Congratulations to the awardees of eight new BICCN grants! Stay tuned for more information on the Teams page.
Snyder-Mackler, Noah (Contact); Platt, Michael L; Shendure, Jay Ashok
|University of Washington||Single cell transcriptional and epigenomic atlas of the macaque brain across the lifespan|
|Ecker, Joseph R (Contact); Behrens, M Margarita||Salk Institute for Biological Studies||Epigenomic cell-type classification and regulatory element identification in the human brain|
|Tilgner, Hagen||Weill Medical Coll of Cornell Univ||Single cell isoform expression across mouse brain regions and development|
University of California, San Francisco
|Mapping Developmental Lineage Relationships in the Cerebral Cortex|
|Chung, Kwanghun (Contact); Eichinger, Daniel J; Pino, Ignacio ; Zhu, Heng||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Highly specific, renewable, and cost-effective antibody toolbox for 3D proteomic phenotyping of the brain|
|Tasic, Bosiljka||Allen Institute||Cell class- or type-specific viruses for brain-wide labeling and neural circuit examination|
|Regev, Aviv (Contact); Eldar, Yonina||Broad Institute||Scaling up spatial RNA profiling with compressed sensing|
|Mueller, Ulrich (Contact); Miller, Michael I||Johns Hopkins University||Accessible technologies for high-throughput, whole-brain reconstructions of molecularly characterized mammalian neurons|
A workshop was held September 23-25, 2019 in Jackson Hole, WY to facilitate joint analysis of anatomical and morphological data from across the BICCN. Co-organized by Dr. Pavel Osten and the BCDC, the workshop brought together BICCN researchers and external experts in neuroanatomy to tackle the challenge of establishing standardized data analysis approaches.
The third BICCN Steering Committee meeting was held on NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD on April 10, 2019 in advance of the 5th annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting. Additionally, the BCDC lead coordination of a concurrent Data Mapping Workshop. In addition to moderated presentations and discussion from each major group within BICCN, the Steering Committee meeting included breakout sessions on: transgenic and viral tools; human and non-human primate progress and planning; and cloud-native pipelines.
The Data Mapping Workshop was a hands-on hack-a-thon style event to address the myriad challenges in accurate image modality definition, registration, and mapping, with the specific outcome of getting spatial features suitable to support inclusion of BICCN data into the Integrated Data Set.
Over 100 BICCN members and affiliates assembled for the biannual BICCN Steering Committee meeting on November 2, 2018 on the UC San Diego campus. With coordination by the BCDC, the agenda included sessions on the Mini-Atlas projects; the Common Coordinate Framework; BCDC roadmap; BICCN challenges; Data workflow challenges; and outreach efforts. Breakout sessions on Mouse CCF, human and non-human primate research, and BCDC Infrastructure/Service Ingestion facilitated focused, stakeholder-lead discussion.
The BICCN Portal debuted in August 2018, supporting the first public release of BICCN data. The BICCN Portal serves as a community entry page for all BICCN related data; it features an overview of the consortium and its mission, profiling each of the major BICCN groups, as well as description of the primary data modalities and scope generated.
See the NIH announcement for the BICCN Portal debut.
BICCN members were key participants of the 4th annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting held in Bethesda, MD on April 9-12, 2018.
On March 22-23, 2018 the BCDC and Allen Institute held a workshop with over 50 BICCN affiliated scientists with the intent to inform, educate, and collaborate with BICCN members in the areas of data analysis and integration.
The BICCN Kickoff Meeting was held November 11, 2017 at the Howard Hughes Janelia Farms Research Campus. Organized by the BCDC, the meeting brought together the BICCN Steering Committee for initial planning for BICCN collaborations and strategy.