• Bower, James (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION This application seeks
support to explore the construction of a brain database built as an
extension to the existing neural simulation system, GENESIS. GENESIS has
been developed in the applicant's laboratory over the last eight years
as a research tool to provide a standard and flexible means of
constructing realistic simulations of biological neural systems. It
currently serves as the basis for both instruction and research in his
laboratory and at a large and growing number of institutions around the
world. This proposal requests funds to support a feasibility study for
a novel approach to neural database construction, organization, and
interaction. In collaboration with computer scientists at the University
of Illinois-Chicago, it is proposed to develop software tools to make the
wealth of information already accumulated within GENESIS about the
structural organization of the nervous system more easily accessible and
more generally available. The proposal will make heavy use of network
communication and state-of-the-art technology. By basing their efforts
on an existing neural simulation system they will be developing a new
approach to several of the inherent limitations in databases including:
a) the accuracy and relevance of the data entered; b) the problem of
conflicting data; c) data compression; d) promoting participation in
development and use of the database; and e) the connection between the
data and its functional significance.
Effective start/end date9/30/938/31/98


  • National Institutes of Health: $214,672.00


  • Medicine(all)


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