ABBA - Aligning Big Brains & Atlases

ABBA is a set of software component which allows to register images of thin serial biological tissue sections, cut in any orientation (coronal, sagittal or horizontal) to atlases, usually brain atlases. It has been developed by the BioImaging & Optics Platform at EPFL

ABBA consists of a Fiji plugin for the registration part, which is best used in conjunction with QuPath. Typically, a set of serial sections is defined as a QuPath project, that is registered within Fiji. The registration results are imported back into QuPath for downstream processing (cell detection and classification, cell counting per region, etc.).

Available atlases are the 3D mouse Allen Brain atlas, and the Waxholm Space Atlas of the Sprague Dawley Rat Brain. Depending on the way you install ABBA, you may also use all BrainGlobe atlases.

If you want to check a short presentation of who the biop is and what are ABBA’s goals, you can check this presentation:

Check out the side bar to go through the documentation.