The Virtual Brain

For over 20 years, bright minds and ambitious projects have attempted to emulate the human brain across various scales of organization. Despite impressive efforts to bring in the latest and greatest computing power of massively parallel hardware, success hasn’t yielded practical applications yet.

To get practicality sooner, The Virtual Brain takes a network approach on the largest scale: By manipulating network parameters, in particular the brain’s connectivity, The Virtual Brain simulates its behavior as it is commonly observed in clinical scanners (e.g. EEG, MEG, fMRI).

Though The Virtual Brain incorporates the complex world of neuro-chemistry only to a small degree, it gains a lot by not becoming as complex as the brain itself.

Instead, The Virtual Brain embraces and extends novel concepts from computational, cognitive and clinical neuroscience in order to drastically reduce the model's complexity while still keeping it sufficiently realistic – and delivering the same output as clinical brain-scanners.

Past events

New developments

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    TVB at FENS 2018

    June 29

    TVB will be taking part in this year's FENS Forum in Berlin! There will be several opportunities to hear and see about us - be sure not to miss out. Dr. Petra Ritter will be making two presentations on July 6th as part of the extended program. The first is part of the Introductory Course, titled [Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Computational Neuroscience]

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    TVB at Long Night of Sciences in Berlin

    June 6

    Experience The Virtual Brain this Saturday, June 9th from 5pm to midnight at Long Night of Sciences at the Charité in Berlin:

    This event, which spans Charité's three clinical campuses, involves research scientists showcasing their work through presentations and workshops. Guided tours of the research labor

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    TVB @ International Conference on Learning & Memory

    April 20

    Joelle Zimmermann presents her work on Alzheimer's disease using TVB at the International Conference on Learning & Memory, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine.


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    10,000 installations of The Virtual Brain: Thank you!

    January 10

    On the quiet Saturday morning of January 6th, 2018, an eager scientist tapped the trackpad – unknowingly making history and quite a few people dance on tables, toasting with leftover champagne from New Year's eve: Because the 10,000th copy of The Virtual Brain was downloaded!

    The story of this impressive achievement in modern neuroscience started 10 years ago, in a pub in Chicago where [Vi