NRBSC Research: Affiliated Research

The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)

  • Created in 1994, the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Opens a new window. is dedicated to the study of the neural basis of cognitive processes, including learning and memory, language and thought, perception, attention, and planning. Studies of the neural basis of normal adult cognition, cognitive development, and disorders of cognition all fall within the purview of the CNBC. In addition, the CNBC promotes the application of the results of the study of the neural basis of cognition to artificial intelligence, technology, and medicine. The CNBC will synthesize the disciplines of basic and clinical neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and computer science, combining neurobiological, behavioral, computational and brain imaging methods.

Neural Open Simulator (NEOSIM)

  • The NEOSIM Opens a new window. project aims to develop efficient, portable software tools for large scale systems modelling of the nervous system, integrating computational models ranging from the sub-cellular to the whole brain level. Modelling environments are essential tools for integrating diverse sources of information about the nervous system into system level models. Because of the scale of the models needed at this level of integration, advanced parallel computing is required. The NEOSIM framework is based on parallel discrete event simulation techniques, whereby simulation components are distributed across a parallel machine or network and communicate using timestamped events.

Visible Human Project

  • The NLM sponsored University of Michigan Visible Human Project Opens a new window. in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will implement the Next Generation Internet (NGI) to serve the Visible Human data to a wide range of users. This information will be accessed using standard 2D browsers as well as a 3D "Edgewarp" browser. Linked to the 3D representations will be video, audio, text, and graphics to explain and expand upon the images.The UM team will develop and evaluate these new virtual tools with input from users in various testbed groups (e.g., anatomy, nursing, surgical, and dental). Physicians, medical personnel, researchers, engineers, and students; using high speed Internet access; will be able to view and interact with the human body online as never before. The development of a new and detailed anatomic database holds the potential of transforming research, medical education, training, diagnosis, and treatment.

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NRBSC Gateways

Microphysiology Gateway image.

Volumetric Data and Viz Gateway Analysis.

Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Simulation Gateway.


NRBSC projects are made possible by these sponsors:

NIH logo. Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center logo. NCRR logo.