Prof Peter V Coveney (UCL) has acted as a Program Reviewer for the Helmholtz Association in Germany. Between 23-26 October, he evaluated the work of Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) with a specific remit to review their work in their domain entitled “Decoding the Human Brain”.

The Forschungszentrum Jülich conducts research to provide comprehensive solutions to the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment, information and brain research. They are a world leading research centre which has secured several Nobel prizes over the years. The purpose of this scientific evaluation was to determine the scientific performance and contribution to the current research programmes within one research field.

Of particular interest within CompBioMed, is the link that the relevant domain on “Decoding the Human Brain” has with the large EU funded Human Brain Project. FZJ and its Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) are central players in the HBP and indeed Katrin Amunts from FZJ leads the scientific direction of the project. They have indicated a strong desire to work more closely with our virtual human endeavours.