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Indian Human Brain AtlasPriority 1

Note4Students

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : IBA100

Mains level : Brain Atlas



  • The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderabad has built the first-ever Indian brain atlas.

IBA100

  • This brain atlas was based on the Caucasian brain template. It is named as IBA100. Other brain atlases include Chinese, Korean and Caucasian.
  • The India-specific brain atlas was created by using the MRI scans of 50 individuals of different genders.
  • The Indian atlas was validated against other atlases for various populations.
  • The first digital human brain atlas was created by the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI).

Indian brain is smaller

  • The researchers in IIIT have also revealed that the Indian brain is smaller compared to others.
  • It is smaller in height, width, and volume compared to the western and eastern populations.

Utility of the atlas

  • This study will help in the early diagnosis of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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