08.12.22 — Understanding the functional aspects of our brain implies understanding the structure-function relationship of billions of individual interconnected neurons; a particularly convoluted problem as the structure of each neuron affects the whole network and its dynamics. Neurons have visually complex structures, multiple classes of shapes (morphologies) and electrophysiological classifications, making them complicated computational objects to study. Accurate visualization of simulation results depend on highly accurate “3D surface” (mesh) models, where each component can be mapped; however the generation of such models is challenging. Here, the EPFL Blue Brain Project presents a simple and effective method to create mesh models of spiny neurons (neurons with small spikes along their surface) from their corresponding morphologies.

Authors: Marwan Abdellah Prof. Felix Schürmann | Source: Blue Brain Project