Using NEURON to model cells and circuits

Course Information


10 November 2017


Downtown Washington DC site TBA


Ted Carnevale, Robert McDougal


Satellite Symposium, Society for Neuroscience Meeting

Application deadline

Friday, October 27, 2017


This course will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, as a satellite to the SFN 2017 meeting. It emphasizes practical issues that are key to the most productive use of NEURON, an advanced simulation environment for realistic modeling of biological neurons and neural circuits. Through lectures and live computer demonstrations, we will address topics that include the following:

  • Efficient design and implementation of models of neurons and networks.
    • Constructing and managing models with NEURON's GUI, hoc, and Python.
    • Using the built-in variable-order variable-timestep integrator for improved speed and accuracy.
    • Parallelizing models of cells and networks to take advantage of multicore PCs and Macs, workstation clusters, and parallel supercomputers.
  • Expanding NEURON's repertoire of biophysical mechanisms.
    • Implementing models that involve reactive diffusion.
  • Databases for empirically-based modeling.


NEURON runs on hardware that ranges from standalone PCs and workstations to massively parallel supercomputers. It is distributed free of charge from


How to register

Registration is limited to 25 individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Each registrant will receive a comprehensive set of notes. Coffee breaks and lunch are provided.

Registration Deadline

Friday, October 27, 2017
NO on-site registration will be accepted.

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Address other inquiries to:

Ted Carnevale
phone 203-494-7381
email ted dot carnevale at yale dot edu