Digital reconstructions of brain tissue represent a snapshot of the anatomy and physiology of the brain at one moment in time.
The supercomputer-based reconstructions and simulations built by the Blue Brain Project offer a radically new approach for understanding the multilevel structure and function of the brain. Digital reconstructions of brain tissue represent a snapshot of the anatomy and physiology of the brain at one moment in time.
Below is a gallery of images which visualize and share our findings. Further images are available on request via the contact page.
Layers of neurons in the juvenile rat neocortexA frontal view of 1,000 neurons in a circuit. They are coloured according to their position within the six layers of the neocortex with an approximate height of 2.2 millimetres
Virtual golgi stainingSimulated image of five pyramidal neurons stained virtually with Golgi’s stain and visualised using a simulated microscope
The complexity of the neocortexThree major components that interact with each other in the neocortex: blood vessels, astrocytes and neurons.
A retrograde projectionA pyramidal cell from cortical layer 5 surrounded by neurons, from whom it receives electrical impulses.
An anterograde projectionA pyramidal cell from cortical layer 4 surrounded by pieces of neurons colored depending on their type, to which it sends electrical impulses.
Virtual brainbow of the neocortexStaining of neurons on different layers with fluorescent proteins.