Neuroinfomatics Helps Us Understand How the Brain Works & Is A Branch Of Bioinformatics

Neuroinfomatics uses the same technology, tools and analysis as bioinformatics to understand in
much the same manner, the human brain, and how it interlinks with the
nervous system, how the nerves work, what are the processes that make reactions, how does it store memory, how does it process memory, and the what and
why of sleep, for example.

Neuroinfomatics,
although it is related to biological science, has emerged separately because of its very nature, controlling as it does the various aspects of
the body and life itself. It is well understood that it is the brain that controls
the body, and not the heart, as was once upon a time believed.

How
do our senses work? What triggers the neural signals, and how is the complex
array of the brain organized  to receive
information from the various parts of the body, such as ‘touch” “nearness to
another” , emotions, such as laughter, sadness and boredom, What predicates
alcoholism, addiction, how is the auto immune system triggered, how do the
molecules in their respective organs transmit and receive, process and act on
the information that is has received from a part of the brain, and how does it
reply back? These are some of the many questions neuroinformatics helps answer.

A
lot of research in these areas has taken place since the 1500s, and it was with
the advent of modern computing systems or Information Technology, that
Neuroinfomatics as a concept evolved.

This
provides the basis for building up large databases on various research
that have already been carried out. This research is put on a common platform for sharing, and with
specially designed software, models the structures of
the brain, the Central Nervous System, (CNS), the activity of the neuron, and
so on. Information Technology is used also to simulate various cellular
structures and neurons and observe their interaction.

Indeed
one of the uses of Neuroinfomatics is to help make computers work better! Fuzzy
logic is one example of how Neuroinfomatics helped make computers more useful
and faster.