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BrainInfo is a website that identifies brain structures and provides different kinds of information about each structure. It consists of three basic knowledge bases:
- NeuroNames, which provides the index to brain structures and narrative information about them.
- Brain Template Atlas, which shows the structures that are found in the primate brain.
- NeuroMaps, a set of over 200 overlays that show the location of different kinds of information that have been mapped to the standard background template maps of the Atlas.
Information about brain structures in other species, particularly the human but also monkey, rat and mouse., is provided by links to other websites.
The site has established links with: PubMed, Digital Anatomist (University of Washington); LONI (UCLA) which offers a 3-D reconstruction of human cortex; the Whole Brain Atlas (Harvard), and to a site describing the cells in specific structures (SenseLab/Yale). The site has also linked to the Mouse Brain Library (University of Tennessee) and more recently the Brodmann's areas in humans has been linked to illustrations at Areas of Cortex Involved in Language (University of Washington). Interoperability has been established with the Brain Architecture Management System (BAMS, USC, Los Angeles) to display connectivity among brain structures based on some 10,000 reports from studies in the rat and links established to more than 700 high resolution photomicrographs of the macaque brain in three planes of section at Brain Atlas Project (Center for Neuroscience, UC Davis), 50 illustrations of cortical areas in flat maps, inflated maps and surface views at Van Essen Lab (Washington University, St. Louis) and 120 illustrations of human brainstem and spinal cord structures at Medical Neuroscience website (Loyola University, Chicago).