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Brain simulation

Interactive tools for modelling, simulation and visualisation of models and simulation results, from the cellular to the whole-brain level.

The Virtual Brain

The Virtual Brain (TVB) is an open-source platform for constructing and simulating personalised brain network models. The TVB-on-EBRAINS ecosystem includes a variety of prepackaged modules, integrated simulation tools, pipelines and data sets for easy and immediate use on EBRAINS. Process your large cohort databases and use these results to develop potential medical treatments, therapies or diagnostic procedures.

Modelling and simulationWhole-brain simulation


NEST is a simulator for spiking neural network models that focuses on the dynamics, size and structure of neural systems, rather than on the exact morphology of individual neurons. It is ideal for networks of any size, including models of information processing (e.g. in the visual or auditory cortex of mammals), models of network activity dynamics (e.g. laminar cortical networks or balanced random networks) and models of learning and plasticity. NEST is openly available for download.

Modelling and simulationNetwork level simulationData analysis and visualisation


NEURON's computational engine employs special algorithms that achieve high efficiency by exploiting the structure of the equations that describe neuronal properties. It has functions that are tailored for conveniently controlling simulations, and presenting the results of real neurophysiological problems graphically in ways that are quickly and intuitively grasped. Instead of forcing users to reformulate their conceptual models to fit the requirements of a general purpose simulator, NEURON is designed to let them deal directly with familiar neuroscience concepts. Consequently, users can think in terms of the biophysical properties of membrane and cytoplasm, the branched architecture of neurons, and the effects of synaptic communication between cells.

Modelling and simulationCellular level simulation

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