This intensive multi-day course is suitable for users at all levels of expertise. It is designed for those who are planning to use NEURON in neuroscience research or teaching, or already have active modeling projects that involve NEURON. It presents what you need to know to build and work with models of individual neurons and networks of neurons, and includes an introduction to simulation on parallel hardware.
- Beginners with little or no modeling experience will learn not only the technical aspects of modeling but also its philosophical basis and scientific rationale.
- Intermediate users will learn how best to approach common tasks, and under what circumstances special features of NEURON might be particularly helpful.
- Experienced users will benefit from an update on new features and a review of important topics that may have escaped their attention when they first learned how to use NEURON.
In particular, the course includes a description of:
- Model specification with hoc, Python, and NEURON's GUI.
- Importing Neurolucida and other morphometric data formats with the Import3D tool.
- Adding new biophysical mechanisms with NMODL and the Channel Builder.
- Multiscale modeling using RxD for reaction-diffusion.
- Prototyping network models with the Network Builder.
- Using the ModelView tool to analyze and understand models created by yourself and others.
- Integration methods.
- accuracy, stability, and computational efficiency
- fixed timestep vs. global and local adaptive integration--
which method to use, and how to use it
- Introduction to using parallel hardware to speed up simulations of cells and networks.
- Customizing the GUI for simulation control and analysis of results.
- Managing modeling projects.
Each day of this 6 day course will run from 9 AM to 5 PM, with lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. Additional optional sessions will be offered on some evenings to cover advanced topics. Time will be available for discussing specific projects of participants own choosing.
Space is limited, and applications will be considered in the order received. The application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2019. All registration fees will be due by that data. No applications will be accepted after that date, and there will be no on-site registration.