Allen Cell Types Database

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is taking the first major scientific step to create a searchable standards database for the brain with the launch of the Allen Cell Types Database.

The first release includes information on just 240 neurons out of hundreds of thousands in the mouse visual cortex, with a focus on the electrophysiology of those individual cells: the electrical pulses that tell a neuron to fire, initiating a pattern of neural activation that results in perception and action. – Wikipedia for Neurons

To help scientists make sense of this “brain big data,” researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons.

The site will help to accelerate the advance of neuroscience research by providing a centralized resource for collecting and comparing data on neuronal function.

Allen Brain Atlases

The Allen Mouse and Human Brain Atlases are projects within the Allen Institute for Brain Science which seek to combine genomics with neuroanatomy by creating gene expression maps for the mouse and human brain.

Seven brain atlases have been published: Mouse Brain Atlas, Human Brain Atlas, Developing Mouse Brain Atlas, Developing Human Brain Atlas, Mouse Connectivity Atlas, Non-Human Primate Atlas, and Mouse Spinal Cord Atlas. The atlases are free and available for public use online web based repository A web-based repository for collecting and sharing unthresholded statistical maps of the human brain,

NeuroVault allows researchers to store, share, visualize, and decode statistical maps of the human brain. NeuroVault is easy to use and leverages the power of the Neurosynth database to provide cognitive decoding of deposited maps.

Atomic Force Microscopy of Live Neurons

Researchers have succeeded in imaging structural dynamics of living neurons with an unprecedented spatial resolution.

The observations of structural dynamics in live neurons present the possibility of visualizing the morphology of synapses at nanometer resolution in real time providing many new insights into mechanisms of how neurons store information in their morphology, how it changes synaptic strength and ultimately how it creates new memory.

Scientific Reports 3/4/15

Brain Maps

Census of Cell Types (MH-14-215)

Other ways to visualize

Understanding Neural Circuits (NS-14-009)

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