The Virtual Brain

TVB Node#7

Montréal, QC, Canada




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EARLY BIRD Registration closes MAY 18! Register now to save!

  • Students:
    $140 CAD
  • Non-students:
    $200 CAD

As of May 19, registration fees:

  • Students:
    $150 CAD
  • Non-students:
    $215 CAD

Registration closes July 15 – claim your spot today!

We will serve refreshments during the coffee breaks, and lunch is also provided.

2 DAY WORKSHOP :: AUGUST 7-8, 2018

Get up to speed about the fundamental principles of full brain network modeling using the open-source neuroinformatics platform The Virtual Brain (TVB).

TVB NODE#7 is an official satellite event to
Neuroinformatics 2018.
Be sure to register for both!

TVB enables biologically realistic modeling of network dynamics using Connectome-based approaches across different brain scales.

Generate macroscopic neuroimaging signals including fMRI, intracranial and stereotactic EEG, surface EEG and MEG for single subjects.

Personalized brain network models can be derived from an individual’s MRI data.

Researchers from different backgrounds can benefit from an integrative software platform including a supporting framework for data management (generation, organization, storage, integration and sharing) and a simulation core written in Python. Applications to use cases in the healthy and diseased brain are explicitly presented.

Simulated brains. Real memories.

After the workshop you should have a basic picture of how these models are built, how they work, and what biological properties of a neural system they represent. In addition, we will highlight several research topics that can be explored using this tool.

The workshop is organized with interleaved oral presentation and hands-on sessions. Attendants will have the time to ask questions. The hands-on sessions will let you immediately apply the concepts from the lectures to your simulations in TVB.

Refreshments will be available during the breaks and lunch will be provided.

Prepare your gear

To get the most out of this workshop as an attendee, you might want to get a head-start by preparing your gear before you arrive:

  • Download and install the latest stable TVB package.
  • Test it in its current form to make sure it's compatible with your computing environment.
  • Familiarize yourself with the basics by browsing through the included manual (TVB-Distribution/docs/UserManual.pdf).
  • If you are interested in modifying the code and contributing to TVB, also install the version control system Git.

In case of any technical problems with TVB installation, head over to the TVB user forum on Google Groups

Meet the TVB team

Apart from learning together, you can meet and talk to a good part of The Virtual Brain's team, covering a broad range of topics from cutting-edge neuroscience research to advanced software development.

Program: DAY 1

  • 08:30 - 09:00

    Arrival, registration & coffee

  • 09:00 - 09:15

    Introduction to Node 7 workshop

  • 09:15 - 10:45

    A generative model of the brain
    Describing the building blocks of a brain network model basic principles and assumptions, recent studies with different local models approximation of neural fields

  • 10:45 - 11:00

    Coffee Break

  • 11:00 - 11:45

    Architecture of TVB
    Overview of the software architecture of The Virtual Brain

  • 11:45 - 12:30

    Hands-On:: Interacting with TVB using GUI
    Learn to prepare and run TVB simulations through web interface

  • 12:30 - 13:30

    Lunch break
    Lunch will be provided

  • 13:30 - 14:15

    Use Case: Interacting with TVB using CLI
    Introduction to the Python interface of TVB

  • 14:15 - 15:00

    Data fitting: theoretical background
    Fitting the model outputs and the measurements: parameter sweeps, Bayesian inference

  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Coffee break

  • 15:15 - 16:00

    Modeling brain stimulation and mouse brains
    Modeling brain stimulation and exploring their dynamics

  • 16:00 - 16:45

    Hands-On: Modeling brain stimulation
    How to simulate brain stimulation

  • 16:45 - 17:30

    Hands-On: Modeling mouse brains
    How to simulate mouse brains

  • 17:30 - 18:00

    Recap & open discussion

Program: DAY 2

  • 09:00 - 09:15
    Morning caffeine

  • 9:15 - 10:00
    From imaging data to TVB datasets: conceptual introduction
    Overview of neuroimaging data formats, software, & steps to get TVB-compatible datasets

  • 10:00 - 10:45
    From imaging data to TVB datasets
    Practical example of processing the neuroimaging data and import to TVB

  • 10:45 - 11:00
    Coffee break

  • 11:00 - 11:45
    Investigating the effect of strokes using TVB
    An example on how to model the structural lesions in a stroke patient

  • 11:45 - 12:30
    Hands-On: Modeling stroke
    Modeling stroke

  • 12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch break

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Using TVB for epilepsy
    Examples clinical applications of TVB

  • 14:15 - 15:00
    Hands-On: Modeling epilepsy
    Simulating epilepsy

  • 15:00 - 15:15
    Coffee break

  • 15:15 - 16:00
    Using TVB for neurodegenerative diseases
    Examples clinical applications of TVB

  • 16:00 - 17:00
    Hands-On: Modifying TVB code and implementing new features
    A guide on how to add new neural mass model, integration scheme, or a monitor to TVB

  • 17:00 - 17:30
    Final discussion & closing remarks


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Montréal Neurological
Institute (MNI)
3801 University Street
Montreal, QC, Canada
H3A 2B4


This workshop is organized and hosted by the INCF and The Virtual Brain

If you have any organizational questions, please don't hesitate to send an email to our local coordinator Tanya Brown.