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Computational Neuroanatomy Group

Multidisciplinary research team devoted to the study of basic neuroscience with a specific interest in the description and generation of dendritic morphology, and in its effect on neuronal electrophysiology. In the long term, they seek to create large-scale, anatomically plausible neural networks to model entire portions of a mammalian brain (such as a hippocampal slice, or a cortical column). Achievements by the CNG include the development of software for the quantitative analysis of dendritic morphology, the implementation of computational models to simulate neuronal structure, and the synthesis of anatomically accurate, large scale neuronal assemblies in virtual reality. Based on biologically plausible rules and biophysical determinants, they have designed stochastic models that can generate realistic virtual neurons. Quantitative morphological analysis indicates that virtual neurons are statistically compatible with the real data that the model parameters are measured from. Virtual neurons can be generated within an appropriate anatomical context if a system level description of the surrounding tissue is included in the model. In order to simulate anatomically realistic neural networks, axons must be grown as well as dendrites. They have developed a navigation strategy for virtual axons in a voxel substrate.

URL: http://krasnow1.gmu.edu/cn3/index3.html

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Computational Neuroanatomy Group at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

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NINDS, NIMH, NSF, Human Brain Project, R01

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