Story Behind the Name

30 Jan
Published by gtaylor

The information superhighway of the human body involves communication of neurons between cells across a synaptic cleft. Neurons are composed of dendrites and axons. The dendrites receive incoming messages so that the cell may absorb the information. This information may then be passed on, traveling down the axon and then sent on to the next cell. Some refer to this as the synaptic leap.

image of synaptic cleft 

Neuroscience teaches us that we are born with most of the brain cells and neurons that we need. Yet, when we are first born we don't even know how to focus our vision. It is believed that our synapses fire a bit randomly at first. With experience and repeated connections, new dendrites form and the synaptic leap becomes more efficient. Based on our genetic make up as well as the stimulus around us our brain makes connections and we learn.

This is exactly what is happening on the Internet today. It is slowly evolving from a random soup of people and ideas. New collaborative pathways are being forged and connections are being made. The human race is on the verge of doing some very big things.

The Synaptic Leap is all about enabling new collaborative pathways for biomedical researchers. The research talents brought to bear on medical issues should no longer be constrained by geographical boundaries. The sum of the connected whole will be much greater than the sum of the disconnected parts. It is our duty to mankind to provide the collaborative infrastructure that connects scientists willing to make the leap to accelerate the research process.

We invite you to be part of this tipping point and make the leap today!