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What is the EPFL Blue Brain Project?

The EPFL Blue Brain Project is a Swiss National Research Infrastructure project, hosted by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and supported and funded by the Swiss government (ETH Board).


Neurons modelled


Synapses modelled


Open access shared – million-plus Kv channel recordings from over 18,000 cells


First digital 3D atlas of every cell in the 737 regions in the mouse brain


Open source repositories and nine major libraries


Papers and


Registrations for BBP MOOCs


Public dissemination and outreach events in 2019


Employees from around the world



Blue Brain Press Releases and News

EPFL’s Blue Brain Project has found a way to use only mathematics to automatically draw neurons in 3D, meaning we are getting closer to being able to build digital twins of brains.

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The messages sent between neurons look something like a Morse code, but the closer one looks the more mysterious the code becomes. The code is called the neural code and is the holy grail in neuroscience because if this code is cracked, then one could simply intercept the messages and decode what the brain is seeing, feeling, and thinking. Theories have fallen from grace one after another for over a century. But now researchers may have uncovered that the mystery may come from the way that time is used to represent information in the brain.

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The hippocampus is a major component of the mammalian brain, which contributes to important cognitive functions such as memory consolidation and recall, and spatial navigation. The EPFL Blue Brain Project has launched a brand new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to enable students to learn how to simulate a Hippocampus Microcircuit and learn more about this fascinating brain region.

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Blue Brain Portal

The Blue Brain Portal is a knowledge space for neuroscientists. EPFL’s Blue Brain Project recognizes that knowledge sharing is an important driving force to consolidate and promote simulation neuroscience, which in turn, is fundamental to understanding the brain as a complex multi-scale system. Therefore, the Blue Brain Portal brings together in one place open-sourced software, tools, models and data, both from us and our collaborators. The aim is for this knowledge to be utilized by both the neuroscientific and the wider scientific community to develop the field of simulation neuroscience.

Join Blue Brain’s journey to digitally reconstruct and simulate the brain.

Director Profiles

Prof. Henry Markram

Founder and Director
Director of Simulation Neuroscience

Prof. Felix Schürmann

Director of Computing
Blue Brain Co-Director

Adriana Salvatore

Director of Operations
Blue Brain Co-Director

Media contact

For any press enquiries on the Blue Brain contact:
email: Kate Mullins, Communications Manager