The HDBR atlas began as the Electronic Atlas of the Developing Human Brain (EADHB), which was funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Brain Project (grant numbers: HD39928-02 followed by R01 MH070370).
The long-term aim of this work was to create a digital atlas comprising:
The digital atlas was also linked to a gene expression database that has been developed from the Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Project gene expression database (EMAGE). Again, the major funder was NIH, as above, with additional funding from EU FP6 (DGEMap, contract number 011993).
With the agreement of the funders, both the digital atlas and the gene expression database were brought together on the HuDSeN website and became the:
HuDSeN Electronic Atlas of the Developing Human
HuDSeN Human Gene Expression Spatial Database
Currently the MRC/Wellcome Trust-funded HDBR project is supporting the atlas and gene expression database, and the name has been changed to the HDBR Atlas to reflect this.
In the future, the HDBR Atlas aims to provide the wider scientific and medical communities with a dynamic tool for documenting and analyzing gene expression patterns and morphological changes during embryonic and fetal development.