Case Study Presentation: Analysing the brain with Blender

Graham Knott

Saturday 26 October Theater 30

We are researching the fine structure of neurons in the brain, and in particular how they change through the ageing process. Using electron microscopy and the latest image analysis algorithms we generate 3D models of the structures of interest. The shapes of these structures are then analyzed using the Blender software. We have written various scripts for Blender that allow us to make detailed measurements in 3D. These can also display the microscope images from which the models were derived.

The tools are applicable to many fields of research using the latest 3D imaging technologies and this is currently being written this up as a scientific paper.