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Simulator of Human Nervous System Will Aid Disease Research, Test Medicines

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University of Granada researchers have developed EDLUT, an event-driven, lookup-table-based simulator that can reproduce any part of the human body's nervous system. EDLUT can simulate hundreds of thousands neurons at the same time using technology that compiles the behavior of a neuron or several types of neurons in a first stage. It then simulates medium- and great-scale neuronal systems based on those pre-compiled models. "This fact means an essential technological advance and indisputably affects the quality of nervous simulation," says University of Granada professor Eduardo Ros Vidal, coordinator of the EDLUT development project.

The researchers say EDLUT will aid in the analysis and understanding of the functions of the nervous centers, enable research into new pathologies and diseases, and help test new medicines. EDLUT also could help improve robots and machines inspired by the human body and the nervous system. The free program was developed at the University of Granada's CASIP research group.

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