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Unique identifier OMICS_22211
Name Parallel Worm Tracker
Alternative name Worm Tracker
Software type Package/Module
Interface Command line interface
Restrictions to use None
Operating system Unix/Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Programming languages MATLAB
Computer skills Advanced
Version 1.0.0
Stability Stable
Maintained Yes




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  • person_outline Miriam Goodman

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Energy Scarcity Promotes a Brain wide Sleep State Modulated by Insulin Signaling in C. elegans

Cell Rep
PMCID: 5846868
PMID: 29386137
DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.12.091

[…] Tracking and analysis were performed using customized MATLAB scripts that are based on the Parallel Worm Tracker, as described previously (). We distinguish three behavioral states: an active state, during which the worm is moving; a quiescent state when the worm is completely still; and he […]


In vitro aggregating β lactamase polyQ chimeras do not induce toxic effects in an in vivo Caenorhabditis elegans model

PMCID: 5568214
PMID: 28830560
DOI: 10.1186/s12952-017-0080-5

[…] 1 min using a ToupCam (Touptek Photonics, China) equipped on an M165 FC microscope (Leica, Germany). Movies were inverted creating a white background/black worm format for further analysis using the Parallel Worm Tracker []. Statistical analysis was performed using one-way ANOVA (Graphpad Prism 5, GraphPad Software, USA). P values <0.05 were considered significant. […]


Behavioral Phenotyping and Pathological Indicators of Parkinson's Disease in C. elegans Models

Front Genet
PMCID: 5468440
PMID: 28659967
DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2017.00077

[…] ntified by viewing or recording worm movements through a stereomicroscope. Numerous automated programs facilitate the analysis of digitally recorded data, including Worm Tracker 2.0, OptoTracker, The Parallel Worm Tracker, Nemo, Multimodal illumination and tracking system, the Multi Worm Tracker, and CoLBeRT (Husson et al., ). Recently, a microfluidic device was also used to measure the locomotion […]


Development of a movement based in vitro screening assay for the identification of new anti cestodal compounds

PLoS Negl Trop Dis
PMCID: 5448807
PMID: 28520724
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005618

[…] e of the mentioned assays was shown to be applicable for the screening of adult cestodes. Another study by Camicia et al. (2013) showed that E. granulosus protoscolex motility can be monitored in the worm tracker method developed for C. elegans by Simonetta et al. [], and they also showed that the activity of the neurotransmitter inhibitor citalopram could be detected by this system []. Any furthe […]


Automated longitudinal monitoring of in vivo protein aggregation in neurodegenerative disease C. elegans models

Mol Neurodegener
PMCID: 4746889
PMID: 26858201
DOI: 10.1186/s13024-016-0083-6

[…] measured in each condition. Using these video recordings, the movement traces of worms during all recording periods were calculated by following the organism centroids using a modified version of the Parallel Worm Tracker for MATLAB []. The average worm speed during the recording periods was then calculated for each plate and each condition. […]


Branched chain amino acid catabolism is a conserved regulator of physiological ageing

Nat Commun
PMCID: 4686672
PMID: 26620638
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10043

[…] induced velocity as maximum speed. Directly after release 1 min movie clips were recorded with a Leica system (Leica M165FC with Leica camera DFC 3000 G). Subsequently, the videos were analysed using parallel worm tracker software developed by Goodman Lab which tracks based on centroid position of the worms. The pixel to distance ratio was calibrated. For each treatment five independent videos wer […]


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Parallel Worm Tracker institution(s)
Program in Neuroscience, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA; Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; Department of Biological Sciences, Central Washington University, Ellensberg, WA, USA
Parallel Worm Tracker funding source(s)
Supported by the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

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