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A Three-Dimensional Atlas of the Brain as a Virtual "Reference Work"

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich are developing a 3-D model of the human brain. In order to do this, they analyse thousands of ultrathin histological brain slices using microscopes and advanced image analysis methods, and subsequently reconstruct them in 3-D on a computer. In the long term, the data obtained will improve understanding of how the brain works and enable earlier diagnosis and better treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

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Mathematical Models Provide Explanations

The human brain is a gigantic control centre. Mathematical models help to simulate the highly complex flows of information both within and between neurons using supercomputers

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Supercomputers Simulate Brain Activity

How do the brain’s some 100 billion neurons exchange information? What are the causes of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or dementia? In order to answer highly complex questions such as these, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) supports scientists in their simulation of the processes in the brain. For this, they use JUQUEEN – one of the fastest supercomputers in the world

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Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience

Computer simulations are becoming increasingly important for understanding the processes in the brain. However, the more realistic simulations become, the more computationally intensive they are. From 2013, neuroscientists, medical scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists have worked together in the Simulation Laboratory (SimLab) Neuroscience. More: Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience …

The Human Brain Project

To understand the human brain using simulation – that’s the vision of the Human Brain Project (HBP). Jülich scientists contribute their expertise primarily in the areas of structure and function of the brain, as well as supercomputing and simulation. More: The Human Brain Project …


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