Network analysis methods are increasingly being applied to understand the complex systems that mediate changes in brain processes. Of particular interest are the changes in brain network dynamics arising due to disease, changes in awareness (such as hypnosis), and in perception . Networks provide a promising perspective from which light may be shed on the changing of brain states, for example investigating how brain networks are modulated by hypnosis. This approach could also lead to developments in the monitoring and treatment of patients with neuro-degenerative conditions. The emergence of brain stimulation techniques is opening avenues of treatment where key regions and pathways could be identified and strengthened or inhibited through selective stimulation.
While interest in applying network approaches to neuroscience data is increasing, the technique proposed is novel and will identify the most important brain pathways. As such, it will be critical to the outcome of the project to build a supportive community of researchers with linking expertise, in order to discuss these novel techniques and understand how it can complement existing methods.
By hosting a one-day Network Neuroscience meeting at the University of Strathclyde, we will foster such a community. The meeting will raise the visibility of the project, provide invaluable feedback and identify future collaborators.