nat.flybrains provides additional data and functions for use with the NeuroAnatomy Toolbox (nat). In particular nat.flybrains defines the physical properties of a number of commonly used template brains in Drosophila neuronatomy including:

along with bridging registrations between some of these template brains (see and functions to transform objects such as nat neurons from one space to another as simply as:

# convert neuron from IS2 space to JFRC2 space
myneuron.jfrc2=xform_brain(myneuron, sample=IS2, reference=JFRC2)

# flip neuron to opposite hemisphere of JFRC2 space
myneuron.jfrc2.flip=mirror_brain(myneuron.jfrc2, JFRC2)

# to install additional/updated registrations 
# (beyond those distributed as part of the R package)
# Strongly recommended!

# for more information


This package is fully functional but there are presently no plans to release a version to CRAN, since there is a significant amount of data included with the package (and CRAN discourages large packages).

You can, however, download the tar ball, and run R CMD INSTALL on it, or (highly recommended) use the devtools package to install straight from github:

Note: Windows users need Rtools and devtools to install this way.