NIH Blueprint: The Human Connectome Project

HCP Data Releases

Recent Updates:

Over a 3-year span (2012-2015), the Human Connectome Project (HCP) is scanning 1,200 healthy adult subjects. Our goal is to map region-to-region structural and functional connections of the human brain: the "human connectome."

500 Subjects + MEG2 Release | Nov 2014
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Summary: The 500 Subjects + MEG2 release includes behavioral and 3T MR imaging data from 542 healthy adult participants collected in Q1-Q6+. MRI and behavioral datasets from 15 subjects that were not in the original 500 Subjects release have been added. Structural scans are available for 526 subjects. In addition to MR scans, 67 subjects also have at least some resting-state MEG (rMEG) and/or task MEG (tMEG) data available.

Full 500 Subjects + MEG2 Release Documentation

HCP Lifespan Pilot Project Release | Aug 2014
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Summary: The WU-Minn HCP consortium is acquiring and sharing pilot multimodal imaging data acquired across the lifespan, in 6 age groups (4-6, 8-9, 14-15, 25-35, 45-55, 65-75) and using scanners that differ in field strength (3T, 7T) and maximum gradient strength (70-100 mT/m).

The scanning protocols are similar to those for the WU-Minn Young Adult HCP, except shorter in duration. The objectives are (i) to enable estimates of effect sizes for identifying group differences across the lifespan and (ii) to enable comparisons across scanner platforms, including data from the MGH Lifespan Pilot. 

Full HCP Lifespan Pilot Project Documentation

MGH Adult Diffusion Dataset Added | Aug 2014
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Summary: The MGH-USC HCP team has acquired and shared diffusion imaging data from 35 healthy adults, between the ages of 20 and 59, scanned on the customized Siemens 3T Connectom scanner. This scanner is a modified 3T Skyra system (MAGNETOM Skyra Siemens Healthcare), housed at the MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (see Setsompop et al., 2013 for details of the scanner design and implementation). A 64-channel, tight-fitting brain array coil (Keil et al., 2013) was used for data acquisition. 

MGH Adult Diffusion Documentation | Separate data agreement required

HCP Subjects

Our target number is 1,200 healthy adults, ages 22-35 (~100 scanned/quarter), whose race/ethnicity is representative of the US population. We are recruiting twins and their non-twin siblings in order to enable research on the variability and heritability of brain structure and connectivity.

HCP Protocols

MR datasets are collected from each participant during a 2-day visit to Washington University that includes a demographic survey, behavioral tests, and up to 5 MR scan sessions that include structural, functional (resting state and task) and diffusion imaging.

MEG datasets are collected from a subset of MR participants during a 1-day visit to Saint Louis University. Each visit includes a series imaging modalities including task and resting state.

We follow a Standard Operating Procedure for data collection and use the same Imaging Protocols for every participant.

Several types of data are available in this release:

MRI Data Types

  • Unprocessed NIFTI images for structural MRI, fMRI, dMRI
  • Minimally Preprocessed NIFTI images for structural MRI, fMRI, dMRI
  • ICA-FIX Denoised rfMRI data
  • Group Average Functional MRI Data on 40 unrelated subjects and 120 subjects, some of whom are related

MEG Data Types

  • Unprocessed MEG data in 4D Neuroimaging format
  • Co-registration information that allow coordinate transformations between individual subject MEG coordinate systems and the MNI coordinate system
  • Volume conduction model of the head and regular 3-D source models in MATLAB format

Scan and Subject Metadata

  • Task data scores in CSV format, and task stimuli in AVI format
  • Behavioral data scores in CSV format
  • E-Prime log files and physiological data in tab-delimited spreadsheets.
  • Additional modality-specific log and reference data

Warning: Big Data

The high-resolution image data collected on each HCP subject results in file sizes that are quite large. The currently released dataset (~40% of released data to come) takes up close to 20 TB of disk space. Therefore, if you choose to obtain HCP data via download, you should be prepared to experience long download times and to devote an appropriately large amount of disk space to housing the data.

We recommend that groups of users at the same institution organize themselves to obtain a single copy of HCP data for local distribution (via joint purchase of "Connectome in a Box" or a single download).

Avoid Data Version Conflicts

HCP data release versions can contain appreciable differences that can affect your research.

We are releasing data as it is deemed to be "production-ready," as we want to be responsive to demand from the scientific community. However, there are still processes ongoing inside the WU-Minn HCP Consortium to improve our data processing. As such, it is imperative that users attempt to keep track of which version of data they are using, and to be cognizant about avoiding mixing old data with new in their research.

Users can track data improvements and ongoing known issues on the public HCP Data Wiki.

500 Subjects Release Data Warning

All MR sessions have been reprocessed using a new MSMSulc pipeline, which improves intersubject registration. We strongly advise against mixing data from this release with previously released data.

Data available on all subjects in ConnectomeDB, regardless of original release date, has been processed with version 3 of the HCP pipelines. Therefore, all data in ConnectomeDB can be compared between subjects.

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