Together with the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, several institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) co-sponsored a scientific conference held in conjunction with — but independent of — the Final Round of the DIADEM Challenge. The co-sponsoring institutes were the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
The conference took place August 29 - September 1, 2010 at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus. Participants checked in on Sunday afternoon and attended a reception, dinner and plenary session later that evening. The agenda included a mixture of talks, posters, and demonstrations of novel automated reconstruction algorithms using unique data sets. The conference ended at noon on Wednesday, September 1 after a thorough discussion of the competition, its results, and implications for the future of the field.
The co-sponsorship of the conference by these NIH institutes does not represent an endorsement of the DIADEM Challenge, specific software products that may emerge from the competition or the activities of the Allen Institute, HHMI, or the Krasnow Institute.