A USC project to visualize and analyze connectivity networks in the mouse brain is among 15 new awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tied to the development of biomedical Big Data applications.

Hong-Wei Dong, PhD, associate professor of Neurology in the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will further develop software known as the Connection Lens to enable automated and visual analysis of the massive data sets accumulated by the Mouse Connectome Project, according to an NIH new release.

Dong and his colleagues will also develop a new software tool known as the Projection Lens to enable the production of comprehensive connectivity diagrams.

These tools will enable researchers to drill down from comprehensive views to visualize connections between regions of interest in the mouse brain.

The awards come from an NIH initiative to fund innovative approaches to common challenges in biomedical data use.