Kerry M. Brown

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The comprehensive characterization of neuronal morphology requires tracing extensive axonal and dendritic arbors imaged with light microscopy into digital reconstructions. Considerable effort is ongoing to automate this greatly labor-intensive and currently rate-determining process. Experimental data in the form of manually traced digital reconstructions(More)
Digital reconstructions of neuronal morphology are used to study neuron function, development, and responses to various conditions. Although many measures exist to analyze differences between neurons, none is particularly suitable to compare the same arborizing structure over time (morphological change) or reconstructed by different people and/or software(More)
Digital reconstruction of neuronal arborizations is an important step in the quantitative investigation of cellular neuroanatomy. In this process, neurites imaged by microscopy are semi-manually traced through the use of specialized computer software and represented as binary trees of branching cylinders (or truncated cones). Such form of the reconstruction(More)
The morphological and electrophysiological diversity of inhibitory cells in hippocampal area CA3 may underlie specific computational roles and is not yet fully elucidated. In particular, interneurons with somata in strata radiatum (R) and lacunosum-moleculare (L-M) receive converging stimulation from the dentate gyrus and entorhinal cortex as well as within(More)
Neurons vary greatly in size, shape, and complexity depending on their underlying function. Overall size of neuronal trees affects connectivity, area of influence, and other biophysical properties. Relative distributions of neuronal extent, such as the difference between subtrees at branch points, are also critically related to function and activity. This(More)
Cerebellar climbing fibers (CFs) provide powerful excitatory input to Purkinje cells (PCs), which represent the sole output of the cerebellar cortex. Recent discoveries suggest that CFs have information-rich signaling properties important for cerebellar function, beyond eliciting the well known all-or-none PC complex spike. CF morphology has not been(More)
Concomitant with the publication of this Special Issue of Neuroinformatics, a substantially updated version of the DIADEM web site has been released at http://diademchall This web site was originally designed to host the challenge for automating the digital reconstruction of axonal and dendritic morphology (hence the DIADEM acronym). This(More)
Characterization of the complex branching architecture of cerebral arteries across a representative sample of the human population is important for diagnosing, analyzing, and predicting pathological states. Brain arterial vasculature can be visualized by magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). However, most MRA studies are limited to qualitative assessments,(More)
Characterization of neuronal connectivity is essential to understanding the architecture of the animal nervous system. Specific labeling and imaging techniques can visualize axons and dendrites of single nerve cells. Two-dimensional manual drawing has long been used to describe the morphology of labeled neuronal elements. However, quantitative morphometry,(More)
A molecular diagnostic method for robust detection of Ebola virus (EBOV) at the point of care (POC) directly from blood samples is described. This assay is based on reverse transcriptase loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) of the glycoprotein gene of EBOV. Complete reaction formulations were lyophilized in 0.2-mL polymerase chain reaction(More)
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