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NETMORPH is a framework for the large-scale simulation of developing neuron morphology and neuronal network connectivity in 3D.

  • The Core software of the NETMORPH framework is available at its project site:

The NETMORPH core is Free Software under the conditions described in the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3.
Core development is organized by a consortium of scientific software developers from the Neural Engineering Corporation and the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) at the VU University of Amsterdam. The lead developer of the NETMORPH Core project is Dr. Randal A. Koene.

Additional Developments

The Neural Engineering Corporation is developing a number of specialized additions to the NETMORPH Core.
  • A stand-alone Windows(tm) version of the NETMORPH simulation framework. This version of the NETMORPH software will operate in the Microsoft Windows operating system without the need to install and use Cygwin. Simulations will have more resources at their disposal and will be fully integrated with the Windows(tm) environment. The stand-alone Windows(tm) version of the NETMORPH simulation framework will be installable as a binary executable package, thereby removing any concerns related to the compilation and installation of the programs from source code.
  • The Phantom Slice Generator. This will be a NETMORPH Module that enables rapid generation of large-scale high-resolution virtual brain slices. The virtual slices will contain "phantom" voxel data that closely resemble results obtained by imaging histological brain slices. The phantom data will be a valuable asset for the validation of imaging tools and reconstruction algorithms.

Useful Tools

  • One of the most versatile output formats for visualization that NETMORPH can produce are vector graphic files in the ".fig" format used by the XFig graphics tool in Linux/Unix. A compatible cross-platform graphics tool simplifies the use of these files in Windows(tm): jfig. Note that batch processing in Windows(tm) is possible with the version of fig2dev that is distributed at the jfig web site.

Randal Koene,
Nov 18, 2009, 1:22 AM