Dr. Bowden’s specialty is neuroinformatics. He is the creator of BrainInfo, a portal to neuroanatomical information on the Web; NeuroNames, the ontology of neural structures on which BrainInfo is based; and NeuroMaps, a web resource that enables researchers to map data to standard atlases of the mouse and macaque brain for presentation and publication.
BrainInfo ( http://braininfo.org ) links visitors to informative pages at some 100 other neuroscience websites. It provides information on some 2300 central nervous system structures, which can be accessed by 15,000 neuroanatomical terms in eight languages. It is used throughout the world by more than 500 visitors/day downloading some 2000 pages/day.
NeuroNames is a source vocabulary of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) of the National Library of Medicine and serves as the basis for neuroanatomical ontologies of the Foundational Model of Anatomy and NIFSTD of the Neuroscience Informatics Framework (NIF).
BrainInfo’s sponsors include the University of Washington, the NIF and the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.