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E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Aug. 29, 2014


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In the News
Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They DevelopThe New York Times , Aug. 21, 2014. Read this story and others.

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SfN Spotlight

eNeuro Submissions Now Open
Submissions are now open for eNeuro, SfN’s new open-access journal. With a broad range of content and expanded online features, including rapid and continuous publication, eNeuro embodies an emerging scientific vision that offers a new experience for authors and readers. Visit for an overview of the editorial board, guidelines on preparing your manuscript, and to submit your best neuroscience research today.

Free Webinar: Conquering the IDP to Reach Your Career Goals
If you are preparing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help achieve your career goals, or if you are a faculty member interested in learning how to incorporate components of your training program into an IDP, take part in this webinar at 2 p.m. on September 17. Get tips on how an IDP can be used effectively in career and program planning. Find out more and sign up online.

Interested in Upping Your Blog Traffic? Become an Annual Meeting Blogger
SfN selects official bloggers to tweet and post about Neuroscience 2014, giving attendees a platform to share their experiences during the meeting. SfN is looking for one or more volunteer bloggers per meeting theme to generate “buzz” about annual meeting happenings. Meeting bloggers will have a chance to share their thoughts and reactions about science, the meeting, the city, and more, with the Neuroscience 2014 audience of 30,000-plus attendees. Apply by September 5.

Annual Meeting

Network With Experts in the Field at the Meet-the-Experts Series
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with senior researchers who are experts in their field during the Meet-the-Experts series. Experts will describe their research techniques and accomplishments in a personal context that offers a behind-the-scenes look at factors influencing their work. Each 75-minute session offers a chance for students and postdoctoral researchers to engage the expert in an informal dialogue over breakfast. Only Neuroscience 2014 registration is required, but seating is limited.

Interested in a Career “Beyond the Bench?”
This workshop will focus on crafting your individual career trajectory away from academia. Attend to learn tips and strategies for successful job-seeking, productive networking, and smoothly transitioning from academia from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, November 15. For more information on professional development workshops being offered at Neuroscience 2014, visit No registration beyond that for Neuroscience 2014, is required.

Apply for the Science Journalism Student Award
SfN wants to help two outstanding science journalism students attend Neuroscience 2014. Are you a current or recent undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about science journalism? Are you interested in pursuing a science writing career? Apply today and you could win complimentary meeting registration, four nights’ lodging in Washington, DC, and $750. Applications are due October 10. Learn more and apply today.

Plan for Neuroscience 2014
Take advantage of all the resources available on NeurOnLine for planning for Neuroscience 2014. Save money by visiting the Roommate Matching Forum, discover what not to miss in the Neuroscience 2014 community, and learn what to visit outside the convention center in the Washington, DC highlights discussions. Prep for Neuroscience 2014 by viewing the “Getting the Most Out of the Annual Meeting” webinar.

Exhibit at the 2014 Graduate School Fair
The Saturday-Sunday exhibition space at the 2014 Graduate School Fair has sold out, but there are a few Monday-Tuesday packages still available. Institutional Program members can reserve a spot for only $300, and non-IP members pay a rate of $500. Not a member? Apply for your program’s membership and take advantage of this powerful recruiting opportunity at the exclusive IP member rate. Email with your questions or to submit your registration form to purchase a spot.

Check Out This Week's Highlighted Symposia
The Preliminary Program for Neuroscience 2014 is available, along with highlighted symposia selected every two weeks. Explore the groundbreaking research and innovative findings that scientists will present at this year’s meeting. Lectures, symposia, minisymposia, and abstract presentations make Neuroscience 2014 a can’t-miss event. Check regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Earn CME Credits at Neuroscience 2014
Physicians and clinicians can earn up to 33.75 AMA Category 1 Credits™ by attending selected lectures, symposia, and minisymposia at Neuroscience 2014. Learn more about the CME program and add CME to your annual meeting registration today.

Plan Your Neuroscience 2014 Tech Adventure With the Online Exhibit Hall
Search the new database by exhibitor name, booth number, or keyword. The online list of Neuroscience 2014 vendors is broken down by nearly 150 unique product categories on My Neuroscience Marketplace.

Membership & Chapters

Build the Future of the Field
Help build a solid foundation for a budding neuroscience career and strengthen the future of the field by encouraging interested students to join SfN. You know the importance of being part of your professional society. Let students know the benefits of SfN’s career development tools, access to the latest scientific research, and opportunities to make connections. Contact for more information or to receive a poster to help spread the word about SfN membership to students.

Education & Advocacy

Brain Awareness Campaign Event
Active in neuroscience education or outreach? Share and promote your work by presenting a poster at this year’s Brain Awareness Campaign Event at Neuroscience 2014. Hear from Jay Giedd, professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and winner of SfN’s 2013 Science Educator Award, about the importance of effective science communication. Contact by October 3 for more information. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to network and share your science.

It’s Never Too Late to Take Action for Science Funding
Thank you for your hard work during SfN’s month of local advocacy for science and throughout the year. Your voice will be critical to support research funding in the coming weeks, as Congress must take action on the budget before October 1. It’s not too late to take action locally through "Take the Hill Home" activities.

New Video Stresses Importance of Global Advocacy
Leaders from the International Brain Research Organization, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, and SfN discuss why scientists around the globe need to engage in advocacy and public outreach. Watch at

Professional Development

Arrive Early at Neuroscience 2014 for Specialized Preconference Workshops
Opportunities for professional development abound at Neuroscience 2014. SfN is offering two short science courses and a Neurobiology of Disease Workshop on Friday, November 14. Visit the professional development workshops page for more information, including fees, additional programs, and preliminary agendas. Preregistration is required for all preconference workshops. Visit the registration section of to register. Contact with any questions regarding these workshops.

Featured Resources on Educational Resources in Neuroscience
Educational Resources in Neuroscience (ERIN) on provides hundreds of high-quality resources identified and reviewed by SfN members. The assessment exercise “Pathway Quizzes in Neuroanatomy” provides challenging quizzes on neuroanatomical pathways that should be of value to your students. Log in to ERIN to write a review for an existing resource or to submit one of your own.

Across the Field

What’s going on around the world in the field of neuroscience? has an easily accessible, searchable calendar of events that provides timely, member-submitted information about awards, trainings, meetings, and events globally. See submission guidelines and add your own event.

NSF awarded $10.8 million in Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) to fund projects developing new neurotechnologies that may answer fundamental questions about the brain. The 36 awards, worth $300,000 each, will support early-stage research that uses new expertise or involves novel approaches and has the potential to be transformative in the enabling of new technologies. NSF’s EAGER awards support President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative and encourage the development of new neuroscience technologies.

On September 3 and 4, the ILAR Roundtable will hold a free workshop to explore issues related to the transportation of research animals. Invited speakers will address the challenges of transporting laboratory animals humanely and safely to ensure adequate supply for biomedical research in the face of increasing societal opposition to the domestic and international movement of these animals. Participants can join in person in Washington, DC, or by webcast. Register online to attend.

Basic and clinical scientists interested in PSP, CBD, and related brain diseases are invited to attend CurePSP's Annual International Research Symposium, which will take place in Baltimore on October 18. Submit abstracts by September 10 and register by September 26.

The New York Academy of Sciences will host “Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal Through Early Childhood” November 11-13. This conference will highlight new neuroscience research on typical/atypical development of human learning and memory, emotion, and social behavior in early life. It will also explore socioeconomic, stress, and nutritional factors that can impact brain and behavior, as well as showcase education/intervention to improve outcomes. The keynote lecture will be given by Thomas Insel, director of NIMH. Abstracts and fellowship applications are due September 15.

Join the New York Academy of Sciences in exploring the translation of neuroscience breakthroughs into therapies for those suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, and autism. A keynote lecture by former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy will address strategies to eliminate the associated stigma for the benefit of mental health at New Frontiers in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness on October 10. Register online.

In 2015, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will present the third annual Lurie Prize, an award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. The prize amount is $100,000, to be used as the awardee chooses. Nominate by October 14.