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E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | April 25, 2014


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Repeats in Human DNA May Aggravate Autism Symptoms — SFARI, April 21, 2014. Read this story and others.

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SfN Spotlight

Now Open—Abstract Submission for Neuroscience 2014
SfN is now accepting abstract submissions for Neuroscience 2014. Submit early to give yourself the time you need and avoid last-minute stress. Follow these tips and join colleagues in the Abstract Topic Matching Forum on NeurOnLine to find other scientists in your field and submit your abstracts as a nano group. Abstract submissions must be finalized by Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m. EDT.  Learn more about abstract submission at

Awards Recognizing Promotion and Mentoring of Women
Nominations for SfN awards honoring individuals, both male and female, who have made contributions to the advancement and promotion of women in neuroscience, are currently being accepted. You may be eligible if you have shown dedication to mentoring female neuroscientists, or promoted the professional development of women in the field through teaching, organizational leadership, or public advocacy. Email with questions. Nominate by May 14.

Now Accepting Applications for the Seventh Africa Teaching Tools Workshop
The seventh Africa Teaching Tools Workshop, a joint initiative of SfN, IBRO, and The Grass Foundation, will take place in Kinshasa, DRC from September 6-11. This year, the course will focus on developing teaching modules based on the topic “Fundamentals of Neuroscience.” The school course and content is designed for junior faculty members on the African continent who are currently involved in teaching neuroscience, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, or a related discipline. For more information about the workshop and how to apply before May 16, visit IBRO Africa Teaching Tools.

Membership & Chapters

See How We Advance the Field Together
Your membership not only provides you with valuable benefits, but also enables SfN to support efforts across the globe to advance the field of neuroscience, targeting developing regions. Among those efforts are recognition for deserving scientists at all levels, promotion of the diversity and the integrity of the field, and informing the public and policy makers about the importance of continued brain research. Learn more about how your membership dues are helping SfN advance the field and ensure its future.

Education & Advocacy

Be the Science Authority in Your Community
Help spread neuroscience knowledge to local educators, students, and community groups by signing up for SfN’s Find a Neuroscientist program. Engage and educate your community by partnering with a local teacher, speaking at a museum, or working with a student on a Brain Awareness video. Learn more and sign up today to be included in SfN’s database of volunteers on Spotlight: Animals Aid in Brain Studies
Animals have long been on the front lines of research. In the latest article from, several neuroscientists describe how animal research has advanced knowledge of the brain and nervous system.

Sen. Menendez visits New Jersey Neuroscience Lab
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) toured the Rutgers University laboratory of SfN member and councilor Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom to learn about research being conducted on autism and other neurological disorders. After the tour, the senator held a press conference during which he discussed the importance of NIH-funded research for curing devastating disorders and diseases. Read more about the visit and consider asking your member of Congress to tour your lab.

Importance of Animal Research to Patient Care
As part of an ongoing effort to educate the public about animal research, SfN is partnering with the American Brain Coalition (ABC) to host a panel at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. The panel, Animals Do Contribute to the Care You Give Your Patients, will be held April 27 at the Philadelphia Convention Center, and is sponsored by the Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund. Meeting attendees will engage in conversation about animal research, learn how animals contribute to patient care, and hear why educating patients about this critical component of the pathway to new treatments is essential.

Visit SfN at the USA Science & Engineering Festival
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. It will be held in Washington, DC on April 26-27. SfN and will have educational information available at the festival.

Professional Development

Prepare Your Neuroscience Scholars Program Application
Applications for the Neuroscience Scholars Program will be accepted through May 23. The multidimensional training program is designed to enhance career development and professional networking opportunities for underrepresented and diverse graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of neuroscience. Visit for more information.

Deadline Approaching: Apply for the Latin American Training Program
The Latin American Training Program is a comprehensive, yearlong online program beginning in August. It provides a unique training opportunity for late graduate students and early postdoctoral fellows from across Latin America and the Caribbean region. Check out for more information about the course and how to apply. Applications close on April 30.

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 lab exercise “Gel Scramble” is an instructional tool for teaching molecular neurobiology that requires only a computer. Log in to ERIN to write a review for an existing resource or to submit one of your own.

Register for the Neurobiology of Disease Webinar
Registration is open for the first-ever Neurobiology of Disease Webinar. Join faculty from the sold-out 2013 Neurobiology of Disease Workshop on May 6 from 3-4 p.m. EDT for a free webinar that will offer an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of using iPSCs technology. Speakers will discuss their research and be available for Q&A at the end of the presentation. Register now to secure your spot.

Annual Meeting

Undergrads Eligible for Neuroscience 2014 Travel Award
SfN and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) cosponsor a travel award to honor an outstanding undergraduate student active in neuroscience education and outreach. The award includes complimentary registration to the SfN annual meeting and a $750 stipend to offset travel expenses. FUN Brain Awareness Travel Award applications are due June 9. Additional SfN awards for young scientists are also available online.

Browse Products from the Neuroscience 2013 Exhibit Hall Online
You can still search the database by exhibitor name, booth number, or keyword. The online list of Neuroscience 2013 vendors is broken down by nearly 150 unique product categories on My Neuroscience Marketplace.

Across the Field

What's going on in the field of neuroscience around the world? The brand new site 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.

NIH invites interested parties to submit information on chimpanzee facilities. As the institutes consider how best to support the increasing number of retired federally-owned or supported chimpanzees. Submitted information will be reviewed by NIH and shared with the NIH Institutes and Centers. See useful information online. Responses will be accepted through April 30.

The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) has recently established a high throughput process to provide human dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons for biomedical research. The NDRI DRG program provides neuroscientists with a reliable model system to study the physiological properties of human sensory neurons. An application to join can be obtained online.

The New York Academy of Sciences is hosting the “Demyelination and Remyelination: From Mechanism to Therapy” conference June 6 with abstracts due May 5. Experts will present recent findings in remyelination and repair from disease models and clinical trials, new techniques for imaging myelination changes in the brain and for screening molecular targets, and emerging therapeutics that promote remyelination. Register in advance.

Early career investigators are invited to apply today for a travel award to attend the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting in Phoenix December 7-11. Applications will be accepted through May 15. Visit for additional information and to access the application. Questions may be directed to

The annual Targeted Drug Delivery Conference will be held May 2-3 in San Francisco. The conference focuses on Alzheimer’s Disease, neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s Disease, brain tumors, and epilepsy. Register online.