One of the goals of the BIRN is to promote the sharing of data. By reusing data, researchers can increase the size of the populations in study groups and thereby search for smaller and smaller disease effects. The reuse of data however, requires that inter-site effects and artifacts be minimized so that the full benefit of combining data from different sites is obtained.
To this end, both the Brain Morphometry BIRN (MBIRN) and the Brain Function BIRN (fBIRN), have conducted studies on the causes and effects of inter-site variation. The Mouse BIRN also has a variety of imaging data available and has built atlasing tools that allow the registration of different types of imaging data. The data from these studies are available to the scientific community for use as calibration or comparison data, for reuse in a separate study, or as input data for the testing of new analysis or processing tools.
How to cite BIRN: If you use any of the following data for your project, please cite the appropriate NIH/NIGMS grant numbers in the Acknowledgement section of the manuscript:
- U24-RR021992 Function Biomedical Informatics Research Network (FBIRN)
- U24 RR021382 Morphometry Biomedical Informatics Research Network (MBIRN)
- U24-RR021760 Mouse Biomedical Informatics Research Network
Each usage should also cite:
- U24 GM104203 Bio-Informatics Research Network Coordinating Center (BIRN-CC)
Some of the data used in this study was acquired through and provided by the Biomedical Informatics Research Network under the following support: U24-RR021992, Function BIRN (for functional data) and U24 GM104203, Bio-Informatics Research Network Coordinating Center (BIRN-CC).