24 June 2020
COSMOS to light up the brain
The lab of Karl Deisseroth at Stanford has developed a novel technique called Cortical Observation by Synchronous Multifocal Optical Sampling (COSMOS). This optical system allows researchers to simultaneously record the activity of cortical neurons…across the entire cortical surface! The technique and its application have been published in Neuron.
The authors have also created a website to help other researchers interested in building a COSMOS system. Way to go with cooperation and sharing of expertise!
15 June 2020
Things to do during the pandemic
Lockdowns have started to relax but big events are still forbidden. If you are looking for some more science to fill your days, here are a couple of suggestions. Are you a fan of TV series and cannot miss an episode? The World Wide Neuro webinars are a series of virtual seminars held by world leading neuroscientists. If you instead prefer reading a good book, Springer has made available for free many textbooks. Find here a list.
27 April 2020
Mental health during the Covid19 pandemic
The current pandemic and consequently quarantines and lockdowns are putting a strain on the mental wellness of millions of people. The DynaMORE study, based in Mainz, is collecting data about how people are reacting to the pandemic. You, your family and your friends can take part in the DynaCORE-C survey, which is available in severable languages.
For practical advice about how young researchers can cope with the lockdown situation, visit the website of the Leibniz PhD Network to watch and read excerpts of the webinar about mental health strategies during the COVID19 pandemic they organised.
17 January 2020
Science and Environment
How many of you recycle at home but don’t do anything (or do very little) in the lab?
This article on Mosaic Science lists several measures taken by scientists to reduce their impact on the environment. A “war to plastic waste”.
27 December 2019
Sustainability in the lab
“How green is your lab?” is the question that Nature is asking to scientists all over the world. The scientific community in fact should not be working on climate change only by studying the speed of melting of glaciers or the increase of average temperatures around the globe, but also by taking action in their own labs. Hence this brief quiz that asks about everyday lab life and the choices researchers make, which encapsulates also useful information and tips to increase your lab’s sustainability. So, how green is your lab?
26 October 2019
Events organized by the FENS in 2020
- Advanced imaging techniques for cellular and systems neuroscience: registrations are open! This Cajal course is organized at the Bordeaux School of Neuroscience, France and will last 3 weeks (23 Mar – 10 Apr). It will feature lectures and hands-on projects with leading experts in developing imaging techniques for analysis of brain cells morphology and functions. Check out the course’s webpage for more information on the course and on the (very few) scholarships offered. Apply before 16 December 2019!
- 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience: the biennial FENS conference will be held in Glasgow, UK on 11-15 July 2020. Don’t forget to register before the deadline for early birds on 18 February 2020!
14 September 2019
Have you seen this nice paper from Winnbust et al. published this week in Cell (cell.2019.07.042)? The researchers from the Janelia Research Campus have reconstructed 1000 projection neurons in the mouse motor cortex, thalamus, subiculum, and hypothalamus. They found unknown subtypes of projection neurons and unraveled organizational principles of long-range connectivity.
You can read the full article here.
03 June 2019
On 17 April, Nature published the controversial work from the lab of Nenad Sestan at Yale University (Nature 568, 336–343). With a technique similar to the one used to maintain vital organs for transplantation, the team of neuroscientists managed to keep functional disembodied pig brains, including a maintenance of the cellular architecture. Exactly one year before, the news of the groups’ achievement had already spread and revived the spark of a debate about ethical regulation of human experiments.
In fall, also NGC covered the topic. If you did not see our article, check it out!
1 May 2019
We are happy to announce that the Gutenberg Nachwuchskolleg (GNK) of the JGU has decided to fund the NGC & IPP Representatives‘ collaborative concept of “Career Development Events for Life Scientists” for 2019/2020, which take place in form of our Career Talks Series. A diverse range of speakers who chose non-academic career paths will give you insights into their own career development, work-life, necessary skills, and much more.
We would like to thank the Executive Committee of the GNK for their decision to fund our concept, thus giving us the opportunity expand the series, invite more speakers, and also provide a small workshop/course in career development each semester.
Stay tuned for the next events!