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  1. I hope you will be able to attend the panel today on “Art, Music, and the Brain: How the Arts Influence Us from Youth to Maturity”. For a brief overview, please read this PLOS preview: http://blogs.plos.org/neuro/2016/11/11/sfn16-preview-artful-strokes-soulful-sounds-healthier-brains-by-patricia-izbicki/ I hope you see you there, and I hope you are having a wonderful conference.
  2. As I begin to think about preparing my SFN poster, one question I have is whether to print it on fabric. Would those who have done this share the pros and cons? Thank you
  3. Dr. Shekhar Saxena’s lecture on the first day of SfN was a sobering update on the current condition of Global Mental Health. Advances in Neuroscience are changing the mental health field but as Dr. Saxena mentioned, the potential is much greater. Let’s discuss here topics that hold great promise for translational research or are being successfully implemented around the globe.
  4. neuronline_admin

    Posting at Neuroscience 2016

    Welcome to Neuroscience 2016! SfN encourages all attending members to post your observations, insights, and experiences in the Neuroscience 2016 category throughout the meeting. Also make sure to stop by the Neuronline counter at the SfN booth #2013 in Hall D! We’d love to answer any questions, share an overview of Neuronline, and hear about your neuroscience careers (in exchange for some swag)!
  5. Massimo Scanziani from the University of California, San Francisco gave a fantastic lecture about his work on mouse primary visual cortex. Using various optogenetic and physiological techniques, he was able to tease apart the functional contributions of distinct neuronal populations in the cortex and thalamus. Some key findings: The spatial separation of ON/OFF subregions in the receptive field of cortical pyramidal cells results in orientation selectivity The spatial separation of transient and sustained thalamic inputs to cortical pyramidal cells results in direction selectivity Recurrent cortical excitation is co-tuned with thalamic input Translaminar parvalbumin expressing inhibitory neurons (PV) with somas in layer VI perform gain control (divisive normalization) across all layers Somatostatin expressing inhibitory neurons (SOM) with somas in layers II/III perform surround suppression PV neurons do not inhibit SOM neurons, but inhibit both pyramidal cells and other PV neurons SOM neurons inhibit both PV neurons and pyramidal cells I personally enjoyed the lecture a lot, and admired the preciseness of his research question as well as the elegance of his approach. Did anyone else see the talk? What did you guys think?
  6. Charise White

    Rate the slides

    People are cramming more and more in a single slide without taking into consideration the ability of people even in the back of the room to see and understand what is being presented. Pasting a multi-panel figure from a paper onto a slide with minimal adjustment is becoming a pet peeve of mine. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being excellent, I give the slides at SFN 2016 a 6. What do you think? How would you rate them?
  7. NIH guidelines for rigor and transparency were discussed at the professional development session on Sunday at SfN 2016 (3-5pm). Lots of examples for how grants will be reviewed and scored in the future were included, but we have been asked several times for the ‘authentication of key biological resources’ example that our library has put together and was used in the last talk. Please find the link below: library.ucsd.edu ExampleAuthenticationKeyBiologicalChemicalResources201609b.pdf 46.32 KB The document is an example of many possible authentication methods and centers on: properly identifying the research resource / checking with authoritative database for known problems methods for authenticating the research resource (cell lines and antibodies) These should be standard methods, but if you are looking for an example it may be a good place to start.
  8. I wanted to share my experiences about the History and Education in Neuroscience or Theme J posters that I visited during SFN and are sometimes overlooked. I received a teaching grant to come to SFN this year and as part I was required to go to the posters pertaining to teaching in neuroscience. I am so glad that I did. There weren’t many viewers over at the posters so I was able to chat with many of the different poster presenters and learn about different techniques and outreach ideas that are out there so I am not “reinventing the wheel” when I want to start something at my current institution as well as great ideas for when I open my own laboratory. For example, I talked to one poster presenter, JA Murray, MMM13 - Game jam with brain bee: steam learning through neuroscience-themed game development. This was a great project where students learned Neuroscience through creating a board game. Then he even manufactured the games so the students had something tangible to take with them. The aspect I really liked about this project, was sure it helped students learn neuroscience but it could be applicable to any discipline. He told me about the most current one that they completed about female literary heroines. The only downside is that these posters seemed as though they were far away from the rest of the “action” and there were black boards in between many of them making the lack of people at these posters look even greater. I’m not sure how you would highlight these better.
  9. DLRobinson

    Adolescence at SFN

    Adolescence is a unique neurodevelopmental period, and the neuroscience of adolescence is fascinating. A lot of exciting data have already been presented, but there are more to come! Check out tonight’s Presidential Lecture by Frances E. Jensen: “Neurobiology of the Adolescent and Young Adult Brain Reveals Unique Strengths and Vulnerabilities: Debunking Myths” (November 15, 2016, 5:15 - 6:25 PM, SDCC Ballroom 20). And stick around on Wednesday for more: Poster session 728, 8am - noon. Early-Life Stress: Adolescence (YY14 – AAA2) Lecture by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, 11:30am – 12:40pm. The Social Brain in Human Adolescence (SDCC Ballroom 20) Poster session 777, 1pm – 5pm. Adolescents: Mechanisms of Vulnerability (C5-C27)
  10. Charise White

    Superman spoke at SFN

    Okay, he was not wearing a cape, but Dr. Ann-Shyn Chiang does have x-ray vision. Dr. Chiang gave the Presidential Special Lecture yesterday, and I was amazed, if not blown away. The overarching goal of his work is to uncover the full-organism neuronal wiring diagram for Drosophila (to start). Initially, he was doing tissue-slice microscopy and then reassembling the images, but realized that after 10 years, he only had 60,000 of the approximately 120,000 fly neurons. He lamented the slowness of the task, and I thought his talk would end there with a call for us to work harder to achieve the goal. But no, enter Superman. He established collaborations, and the team constructed an imaging tool, Synchrotron X-Ray Tomography, that can see through the entire fly and has nanometer resolution. Basically, we could see everything, neurons, organs, muscles. . . . Amazing! Dr. Chiang’s lecture was informative, very well-organized, and entertaining. Thank you to Dr. Chiang, and thank you to SFN president Dr. Holly Cline and the lecture selection committee.
  11. I think it is unacceptable that there are no chairs around the posters. I had to present 3 posters yesterday (Saturday), and I was completely exhausted. I and many others request that there be chairs around the poster session because there are many people that need to sit down and rest in between. Chairs are also better for discussion. Magdalene Seiler (UC Irvine)
  12. mbeyeler

    How to navigate Neuroscience 2016

    With a meeting the size of Neuroscience 2016, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here’s a list of tips, tricks, and resources to make the best of it: Annual Meeting 101 The easiest way to browse the schedule and plan your itinerary is to use the Meeting Planner. It also lets you take notes, access maps, and find out what’s happening right now. The planner comes with a mobile app that is available for both iOS and Android. The complete Neuroscience Program is also available as PDF, including abstract downloads. How to get there It’s probably easiest to get an Uber or use Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). Parking: Convention Center: On-site below the building ($15/day, no in and out privileges). Enter the parking garage on Harbor Drive between First and Fifth Avenues. Directly across the street from the Convention Center, on the corner or Harbor and Eighth Avenue, is a 2,000 space parking structure. Off-site parking is available at numerous nearby parking lots and garages in Downtown San Diego, many are within walking distance of the convention center. Parking lots and garages are individually owned and operated, prices vary by location. Quicklinks Some more resources: Express badge pick-up Shuttle schedule Hotel map Feel free to add more resources below.
  13. neuronline_admin

    Getting the Most Out of the Annual Meeting

    Whether you are an annual meeting veteran, or you are attending for the first time, proper planning is key to a successful experience. From lectures and poster sessions to professional development workshops and the NeuroJobs Career Center, this webinar and live chat will showcase the different types of learning and networking opportunities at the meeting. This webinar on November 2 from 3-4 p.m. EDT will discuss tips on: Understanding different types of events Taking advantage of professional development and networking opportunities Planning your schedule in advance If you feel more comfortable asking your questions anonymously during the live chat from 4-4:30 p.m. EDT following the webinar, you may do so by clicking your account’s round avatar icon in the upper right hand corner and selecting the “Enter Anonymous Mode” iconin the drop-down menu. During the live chat, you are also welcome to direct your questions to specific speakers by tagging their usernames: @Elisabeth_VanBockstaele @ajstavnezer @Biancajmarlin. Link back to webinar
  14. moisesfreitasandrade

    How to fill-out W-8 (for non-US citizens)

    Hello. Does anyone know if part-2 of the W-8 (for non-US citizens) needs to be filled-out and by whom? Thanks
  15. neuronline_admin

    Get Excited and Ready for Neuroscience 2016

    Planning for SfN’s annual meeting? Post in this category to share information and ask questions about Neuroscience 2016, which will be held on November 12-16 in San Diego, California. Here, we encourage you to share your experiences from past annual meetings and tips for success. You can also promote educational or social opportunities you know about or are hosting so that others attending the meeting can join. New to Neuronline? Review our community guidelines before you post. See you in San Diego!
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