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The Virtual Brain NODE#6 Workshop

The Virtual Brain

Monday, 26 February 2018 from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM (CET)

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Get up to speed about the fundamental principles of full brain network modeling using the open-source neuroinformatics platform The Virtual Brain (TVB).


TVB enables biologically realistic modeling of network dynamics using Connectome-based approaches across different brain scales.


Generate macroscopic neuroimaging signals including fMRI, intracranial and stereotactic EEG, surface EEG and MEG for single subjects.


Personalized brain network models can be derived from an individual’s MRI data.


Researchers from different backgrounds can benefit from an integrative software platform including a supporting framework for data management (generation, organization, storage, integration and sharing) and a simulation core written in Python. Applications to use cases in the healthy and diseased brain are explicitly presented.

Simulated brains. Real memories.

After the workshop you should have a basic picture of how these models are built, how they work, and what biological properties of a neural system they represent. In addition, we will highlight several research topics that can be explored using this tool.


The workshop is organized with interleaved oral presentation and hands-on sessions. Attendants will have the time to ask questions.


The hands-on sessions will let you immediately apply the concepts from the lectures to your simulations in TVB.

Prepare for the workshop

To get the most out of this workshop as an attendee, you might want to get a head-start by preparing your gear before you arrive:

1) Download and install the latest stable TVB package.

2) Test it in its current form to make sure it's compatible with your computing environment.

3) Familiarize yourself with the basics by browsing through the included manual.
(once downloaded TVB, located at /TVB-Distribution/docs/UserManual.pdf)

4) If you are interested in modifying the code and contributing to TVB, also install the version control system Git.

In case of any technical problems with TVB installation, head over to the TVB mailing list,!forum/tvb-users

Meet the TVB team

Apart from learning together, you can meet and talk to a good part of The Virtual Brain's team, covering a broad range of topics from cutting-edge neuroscience research to advanced software development.


Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
On Campus: Bonhoefferweg 3, Dept. Neurology (Alte Nervenklinik)
3rd floor, Room: Seminarraum 3 
Berlin, 10117


Morning Session

08:30 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 - 09:15


Petra Ritter, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Berlin Institute of Health


09:15 - 10:15

A generative model of the brain: Describing the building blocks of a brain network model

Randy McIntosh, Baycrest Centre & University of Toronto


10:15 - 11:15

Constructing personalized models from empirical data

Michael Schirner, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Berlin Institute of Health

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

How to interact with the GUI and script interface of The Virtual Brain

Paula Popa and Mihai Andrei, Codebox/Codemart


12:30 – 13:00

Hands-on session: Introduction to the GUI



Lunch break (lunch will be provided)

Afternoon Session

14:00 - 14:45

Brain stimulation in The Virtual Brain

Andreas Spiegler, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Berlin Institute of Health

14:45 – 15:15

Hands-on session: Brain stimulation

15:15 - 16:00

Clinical applications of The Virtual Brain - Alzheimer's Disease and Stroke

Randy McIntosh, Baycrest Centre & University of Toronto

16:00 -16:30

Hands-on session: Stroke

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 - 17:30

Clinical applications of The Virtual Brain - Epilepsy

Julie Courtiol, Aix-Marseille Université

17:30 - 18:30

Hands-on session: Epilepsy and mouse simulation with GUI and script interface.

Paul Triebkorn, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Berlin Institute of Health


Closing Remarks


Participants who booked the "+Dinner" ticket are cordially invited to join us for dinner at:

Ristorante Pascarella (Chausseestraße 30, 10115), 8:00 p.m.

How to get there ? It is within walking distance. Click here.


For any further questions CONTACT <>

Have questions about The Virtual Brain NODE#6 Workshop? Contact The Virtual Brain



The Virtual Brain

Prof. Dr. Petra Ritter

Department of Neurology

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin

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