The goal of the Conexus project is to build a graphical database of neuroanatomical connections, focussing on thalamo-cortical and cortico-cortical connections in the macaque monkey.
Conexus will allow users to enter data, and also to search for and analyze patterns of data gathered from different experiments, by different investigators, reported in a variety of journals, together into one unified macaque atlas.
Equipped with the proper search and 3D visualization tools, it will allow students, modelers, and experimentalists to learn about the available data on neuroanatomical connections, or to compare their own findings to existing data.
Currently, the focus of the project is on the alignment tools that are necessary to visualize large numbers of immunohistologically stained sections together in 3D.
Conexus is the successor to an earlier project called XANAT. Funding for Conexus comes from the Human Brain Project at NIH, as part of the Human Brain Project at UC Davis (Ted Jones, PI).