E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Jan. 16, 2015



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Those With Autism May Have Unique Brain Connections, Study Shows — U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 19, 2015. Read this story and others.

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SfN Spotlight
Capitol Hill Day to Take Place on March 26
Join SfN’s ninth annual Capitol Hill Day on Thursday, March 26. SfN members from across the U.S. will convene on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and make the case for strong national investment in scientific research through NIH and NSF. All Hill Day participants will attend a training session the day before to prepare for the congressional meetings.If you are interested in attending, please email by February 20.
Nominate Your Colleagues for SfN Leadership
The 2015 call for committee, officer, and councilor nominations is now open. You are welcome to nominate yourself or fellow colleagues who are current regular SfN members for committee, officer, and councilor positions. Nominations will be accepted until noon EST on Friday, March 6.
Education & Advocacy
Check Out New Papers on eNeuro
Have you explored SfN’s new open-access journal, eNeuro? Since its launch during Neuroscience 2014, eNeuro has continued to publish high-quality papers, such as this one on the pathophysiology of Fragile X Syndrome. You can join eNeuro’s roster of top-notch authors by submitting your work today. Provides Tools for BAW
Brain Awareness Week celebrates its 20th anniversary March 16-22. Incorporate SfN’s resources on into your global BAW programs. The Brain Facts book is a free primer on the brain and nervous system. The Core Concepts feature highlights basic facts about the brain and is the perfect tool for classroom teachers. Also, browse Educator Resources on for sample lessons and hands-on activity ideas.
The Journal of Neuroscience and Welcome New Editors-in-Chief
Dora Angelaki officially began her tenure as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience on January 1. Angelaki, the Wilhelmina Robertson professor and chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, will serve in that position through December 2019. Also on January 1, longtime SfN member and leader John Morrison took the helm as editor-in-chief of Morrison serves as professor of neuroscience, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine, and dean of basic sciences and the graduate school of biomedical sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
Recovering From Spinal Cord Injuries
Every year, 250,000 to 500,000 people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury, leaving many to face a lifetime of permanent, debilitating symptoms. Now, new treatments are offering hope for recovery. Read more about the promising research aimed at preserving and rewiring nerve tissue and improving mobility in our latest article from
Professional Development
Maximize Your Networking on NeurOnLine
To get the most out of networking on NeurOnLine, you need an engaging profile. Upgrade yours today by adding a profile picture. You can import one from LinkedIn or add your own by visiting your profile. While you’re there, also make sure to update your other information, including your bio, job, and education. Then use the enhanced member directory to connect with colleagues.
Educational Resources in Neuroscience: Call for Submissions
Have you used a specific textbook or lab exercise that has proved successful in teaching your neuroscience course? Share your resources on SfN’s Educational Resources in Neuroscience (ERIN) community by February 28. Submissions can include textbooks, video clips, presentations, syllabi, lab projects and exercises, articles, and more. All submissions will be reviewed by members of Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs before publication. This week’s featured tool, the textbook The Design of Experiments in Neuroscience, shows neuroscience students how to go about selecting a topic, designing an experiment, analyzing the results, and publishing a paper. Log in to learn more, submit your resource, and evaluate tools you view. If you have any questions, contact
SfN Offers Travel Awards for the 9th IBRO World Congress
The IBRO World Congress happens once every four years, and SfN is offering a limited number of travel awards for the upcoming 2015 Congress, July 7-11 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is a great chance to network and share science with top researchers from across the globe. Applications are being accepted for North American graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Email with any questions.
Annual Meeting
See You in Chicago
Neuroscience 2015 will take place October 17-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Start planning today: Abstract submission opens April 16 and closes at 5 p.m. EDT on May 7. Sign up for annual meeting e-alerts to get the latest news and updates about the meeting. See you in Chicago!
Revisit the Neuroscience 2014 Exhibit Hall Anytime
You can check out annual meeting products online anytime with the My Neuroscience Marketplace virtual directory. Browse by alphabetical listing or category, and search by product, company description, keyword, exhibitor name, and booth number.
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.
The Epigenomics & Novel Therapeutic Targets Conference will be held May 21-22 in Boston. Join fellow scientists, researchers, laboratory leaders, and managers working in the field as they share their findings and techniques for bridging technological and computational gaps that affect datasets, interpretation, and the clinical applications of epigenomics. Register by March 21 and receive 20 percent off your registration.
BioConference Live presents the free virtual event Neuroscience, March 18­-19. Attend and earn CE and CME credits by watching live video webcasts delivered by industry experts. This event will bring together researchers, neuroscientists, lab management, medical experts, and professionals from around the world to learn about recent advances in neuroscience.
The Neuroscience Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain, introduces students to neuroscience at an international level. This program is a joint effort by the University of Connecticut, the Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y Leon, and the University of Salamanca, with regular participation from faculty at Johns Hopkins and other distinguished universities. Graduate, post-graduate, and undergraduate students from any university or college are encouraged to apply by March 1 for the summer 2015 program.
Register now for the AAAS annual meeting taking place February 12-16 in San Jose, Calif. Discuss ways in which progress across scientific fields is increasingly driven by the ability to organize, visualize, and analyze data with this year’s meeting theme, “Innovations, Information, and Imaging.” Visit for more information and to register.
The next meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) will occur February 5-6 at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. Visit to view the full agenda and watch the live webcast.
Submissions of symposium and technical workshop proposals for the 2016 FENS Forum of Neuroscience open February 2, 2015. View the list of themes for the conference and review the guidelines for submitting proposals. Nominations are also now open for the biennial FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize, given to a neuroscience researcher under 35 years of age in recognition of outstanding work. The deadline for nominations is February 16, 2015.
The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) is looking for postdoctoral researchers to attend the 2015 PAN Forum, March 23-25 in Washington, DC. Attendees gather to learn the latest in public policy and research in Parkinson’s disease. Each year PAN selects 18 postdoctoral researchers to present their work during the Postdoctoral Investigator Poster Session. Researchers interested in this opportunity should submit an abstract of their work by 5 p.m. EST on January 23.
A one-day seminar on Unconscious Bias Training for the Health Professions, co-sponsored by the Association of American Medial Colleges and Cook Ross Inc., will be presented at the AAMC in Washington, DC, on February 26. Geared toward deans, faculty, and executives at academic health centers, the program will focus on unconscious bias, or “blind spots” in the health professions.