About NITRC

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Funded by the National Institutes of Health Blueprint for Neuroscience Research in 2006, the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) facilitates finding and comparing neuroimaging resources for functional and structural neuroimaging analyses—including popular tools as well as those that once might have been hidden in another researcher's laboratory or some obscure corner of cyberspace. NITRC collects and points to standardized information about tools, making the task of finding and comparing them easier than before. Awarded "Best Overall" for Excellence.Gov 2009, this site can help you find the right functional or structural neuroimaging tool or resource and help you decide whether it can help in your research.

Refunded in 2011 by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institute of Drug Addiction, National Institute of Mental Health, and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NITRC will move towards a self-sustaining business model; provide enhanced services such as virtual computing and data storage; and broaden the range of scientific domains from MR to PET, SPECT, CT, MEG/EEG, optical imaging, and later, digital atlasing, genetic imaging, clinical neuroinformatics, computational neuroscience, electrophysiology, computational neuroscience, and neuroimaging genomics and gentics.

The NITRC team searches out relevant research tools and resources to house on this site. We encourage your participation and welcome your ratings and reviews to make NITRC a comprehensive source of information for researchers and developers. Researchers can compare tools on NITRC, and developers can seek and receive help from the community to make their tools more usable and accessible.

NITRC needs you to make it an even more efficient, trustworthy on-line community for discussion and collaboration regarding neuroimaging informatics analysis tools and resources. To fully participate in this on-line community, become a registered NITRC user. Everyone would benefit from your contributions, via our forums, shared documents, wiki, and especially the tool/resource ratings and reviews—researchers new to neuroimaging analysis need community input about the tools/resources that might best suit their research.

About the NITRC Team

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NITRC is being built and operated under the National Institutes of Health Blueprint for Neuroscience Research by TCG of Washington, D.C. in collaboration with David N. Kennedy Consulting of Belmont, MA, Neuromorphometrics of Somerville, MA, and the Center for Research in Biological Systems of the University of California, San Diego.

TCG

NITRC's project management and development team consists of Nina Preuss, PmP, MBA, 2010 Rising Star (Government Computer News), Robert Buccigrossi, Ph.D., Al Crowley, Haig Evans-Kavaldjian, Kimberly Pohland, M.S., Kent Reynolds, Maureen Sullivan, and Judith Turner, PmP.

TCG (http://www.tcg.com) is a business process and IT consulting company with a focus on grants management, bioinformatics, and CMMI mentoring and software engineering best practices. TCG focuses on helping government agencies use the power of the Internet and the Web to better interact with the public, and to generate internal cost savings and efficiencies. TCG projects have won awards for their groundbreaking achievements, including piloting the first inter-agency grants management system and creating the first inter-agency government system to receive secure information from the general public. TCG was one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the United States in 2001, as ranked by Inc. magazine, and has been on Washington Technology's Fast 50. The company was SEI-assessed at Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 2 in April 2004 and is one of about 701 companies worldwide to have achieved such recognition of process excellence. For more information, contact David G. Cassidy on 202-742-8471 or david.cassidy@tcg.com, or see http://www.tcg.com.

David N. Kennedy Consulting

The NITRC Customer Liaison is David N. Kennedy, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Neuroinformatics at the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelpment Initiative (CANDI) and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has extensive expertise in the development of image analysis techniques and was a co-founder of the Center for Morphometric Analysis (CMA) at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, David is a founding editor of the journal Neuroinformatics. For more information, contact David Kennedy at dave@dnkc.net.

Neuromorphometrics, Inc.

Neuromorphometrics, Inc. was formed by Dr. Andrew J. Worth in 1998 (incorporated in 2002) to address the need for a service to obtain quantitative brain measurements using MRI. Neuromorphometrics provides Christian Haselgrove, the NITRC Moderator and Site Administrator, who has been Chief Neuroinformatics Officer of Neuromorphometrics since 2006. While the major component of his work at Neuromorphometrics is NITRC, past and continuing work includes designing, building, and running the Internet Analysis Tools Registry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and serving on the NIfTI Data Format Working Group since its formation. Nueromorphometrics also provides Dr. David Boas, the NITRC curator for optical imaging tools and resources as well as Dr. Arnaud Delorme, the NITRC curator for EEG and MEG tools and resources. For more information about Neuromorphometrics, see http://neuromorphometrics.com.

Resilient Science

Resilient Science (http://resilientscience.com) simplifies high-performance computing. They are founded on the belief that by removing the barriers to performing big data analysis and developing petascale-pipelines, scientists will deliver the future sooner. Their mission is to make data-intensive computing easily accessible to research groups and individuals with the purpose of accelerating technological advancement and scientific discovery.

UCSD Center for Research in Biological Systems

The NITRC website and NITRC Image Repository are hosted by the Center for Research in Biological Systems (CRBS), an organized research unit at UCSD, which facilitates an interdisciplinary infrastructure in which people from biology, medicine, chemistry, and physics can work with those from computer science and information technologies in collaborative research. Leading the CRBS team hosting NITRC is Dr. Jeffrey Grethe. CRBS researchers have been at the forefront of neuroinformatics from involvement in the National Partnership for Advance Computational Infrastructure, one of the first projects to provide an advanced cyber-infrastructure for the scientific community, to playing a key role in the building of the Biomedical Informatics Research Network and the National Database for Autism Research, and to many high profile informatics projects such as the Neuroscience Information Framework, the Whole Brain Catalog, and the Pediatric NRI Data Repository. CRBS consists of a unique and well-established parnership between computer scientists, biomedical scientists, and engineers whose application of information technologies is accelerating the pace of discovery in health research. As part of its IT infrastucture, CRBS hosts a number of its production services at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). SDSC is home to the Triton Resource, a cost-effective and accessible high-performance computing system utilized by NITRC. Triton comprises a medium-sized (256-node) cluster that can tackle many research computer projects. The system also includes a high-performance parallel file system for staging large datasets and access to high-bandwidth research networks such as CENIC (The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). For more information about CRBS, see http://crbs.ucsd.edu.

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research

The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research aims to develop new tools, resources, and training opportunities to accelerate the pace of discovery in neuroscience research. Initiated in 2004, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is designed to enhance collaboration among the NIH Office of the Director and 15 NIH institutes and centers (ICs) that support research on the nervous system. By pooling resources and expertise and less than one percent of the NIH investment in neuroscience research, the Blueprint confronts challenges that transcend any single institute or center and serves the entire neuroscience community. As a result, best practices developed at a single IC are implemented more widely; planning is coordinated; resources established by one IC are opened to all, and NIH working groups focus on cross-cutting scientific issues. For more information about the NIH Blueprint, see http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/.