Please enter a search term


E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Oct. 24, 2014


Visit SfN's online neuroscience career center. There are currently 341 job openings posted on NeuroJobs.

In the News
Neuroscience: Brain Scans Show Cause of Seasonal Affective DisorderBBC, Oct. 20, 2014. Read this story and others.

This Week in JNeuro 
The Journal of Neuroscience is the Society's official publication and contains the latest research from throughout the field.


SfN remembers the scientific contributions made by its members.

Gifts in Memoriam
Honor a deceased loved one or colleague through the SfN Memorial Fund.


• To submit items for publication in Neuroscience Nexus, contact or (202) 962-4000.

Update your contact information.

Follow SfN

Connect on NeurOnLine Like SfN on Facebook Follow SfN on Twitter Follow SfN on LinkedIn Follow SfN on YouTube Subscribe to the SfN RSS Feed

SfN Spotlight

Neuroscience 2014 Mobile App Now Available
Download the Neuroscience 2014 app today to begin navigating the annual meeting on your mobile device. The mobile app allows you to search sessions, authors, exhibitors, and events, as well as build your Neuroscience 2014 schedule offline. You can also sync the app with your schedule in the Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Download today to explore the app’s new features, including advanced search filters to narrow program search results by day, theme, or session type.

Neuroscience 2014 Program Available for Download
The Program for Neuroscience 2014 is available. Preview all activities taking place at the meeting and review 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 back regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Annual Meeting

Looking to Internationalize Your Research Experience?
Learn more about the value of an international research experience at the Internationalizing Your Research, Training, and Funding Experience workshop, which will include advice on selecting a lab and obtaining funding. In addition to speaker presentations and a panel, representatives from public and private funding agencies will be available for discussions. Come to Room 207B of the Washington Convention Center on Sunday, November 16, from 2-5 p.m. for the chance to meet with key funding representatives.

Maximize Your Neuroscience 2014 Experience on
Visit SfN’s Making the Most of the Annual Meeting page on for a number of tips, tutorials, and tricks that can help you maximize your experience at Neuroscience 2014. The page is home to convention center maps, shuttle routes, and more. Highlights include a tutorial on how to use the Neuroscience Meeting Planner, a recording of the “Making the Most out of the Annual Meeting” webinar, and informative videos that offer guidance on establishing mentoring relationships and asking for career advice. Check the page regularly as additional resources will become available as the meeting approaches.

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 Contact with any questions regarding these workshops.

Get Career Advice at Neuroscience 2014
Attend Career Development Topics: A Networking Event on Saturday, November 15, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, Hall E. At this special networking event, experienced individuals will speak with students and early investigators according to table topics organized around research, funding, careers beyond the academy, and professional development. Topics include establishing a professional network, applying for career development awards, and choosing a postdoctoral position.

Looking for a New Career Opportunity?
Post your resume on NeuroJobs today. Attendees at Neuroscience 2014 can interview with recruiting organizations for open positions while in Washington, DC, and stop by the on-site NeuroJobs Career Center at any time to print resumes and find new positions. For more information, contact

Connect With the Next Generation of Leading Young Investigators
Attend the joint Diversity, International Fellows and Travel Award Fellows Poster Session on Saturday, November 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, Hall E. The poster session features participants in the Neuroscience Scholars Program as well as award-winning young investigators selected by the International Brain Research Organization, the Japan Neuroscience Society, and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Recipients of SfN’s annual undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellow, and chapters travel awards will also present their research.

Satellite Event Submissions Still Open
Satellite event submissions for the annual meeting are still being accepted. Don’t miss this opportunity to schedule your satellite event (symposium, meeting, or social gathering) at Neuroscience 2014. Submission entry will close November 3.

Membership & Chapters

Renew Early to Get the Most Value
It’s time to renew your membership for 2015. Membership begins and expires with the calendar year so renew now to ensure you get a full year’s worth of benefits. Renew before December 31 and qualify for Bonus Day, when you can register and secure housing for Neuroscience 2015 one full day before advance member registration opens. Those attending Neuroscience 2014 can renew onsite at the SfN booth, #1203, in the Exhibit Hall between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday.

Education & Advocacy

Add Policy Events to Your Neuroscience 2014 Agenda
There are a host of events at Neuroscience 2014 exploring issues in science policy and advocacy, including the Animals in Research Panel, the Public Advocacy Forum, the Enhancing Reproducibility of Neuroscience Studies Symposium, the Empirical Approaches to Neuroscience and Society Symposium, and the Social Issues Roundtable. Get the full description of each event.

Interested in Neuroscience Education and Outreach?
Teachers, students, and members of the general public need your expertise! Sign up to be a part of the Find a Neuroscientist network and participate in education outreach in your community. Share your passion for neuroscience and help increase engagement and understanding. Learn more and sign up today on

Professional Development

Contest: What Does Science Really Look Like?
NeurOnLine wants to know: What does doing science in your lab really look like? See what others have submitted and then post a picture of you or your lab members doing your research. The three members whose pictures get the most “recommends” by the start of Neuroscience 2014 will win an item from the SfN store!

SfN Offers Travel Awards for the 9th IBRO World Congress
The IBRO World Congress only happens once every four years, and SfN is offering travel awards for the upcoming 2015 congress July 7-11 in Rio de Janeiro. North American graduate students and postdoctoral fellows should begin compiling application materials. This is a great chance to network and share science with top researchers from across the globe. Applications will be accepted at the beginning of December. Email with any questions.

Apply for Travel Awards to the Japan Neuroscience Meeting
Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a travel award to attend the annual meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society in Kobe, Japan. Eligible graduate students and postdoctoral candidates from North America can apply to receive a $2,000 stipend to help cover the cost of attending the meeting. Application submissions will be accepted in early November, so start compiling your application materials now.

Featured Resource on Educational Resources in Neuroscience
Educational Resources in Neuroscience (ERIN) on provides hundreds of high-quality resources identified and reviewed by SfN members. The case study A Case of Cerebrovascular Accident is designed to probe students’ knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology underlying the case study patient’s condition. 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.

Nominations are open for the Israel Brain Technologies Annual Mathematical Neuroscience Prize. This award recognizes researchers in the field of theoretical mathematics in neuroscience who have advanced the understanding of neural mechanisms involved in perception, behavior, and thought through the application of mathematical analysis and theoretical modeling. The recipient of the award(s) will win $100,000. Nominations are due November 30.

The Early Career Institute in Neuroscience (ECI) program, directed by established principal investigators at the University of Pittsburgh, is accepting applications for participation. ECI will begin in November and offers a comprehensive program including individualized mentoring and educational opportunities. Guidelines and application details are available at Additional questions can be forwarded to Gonzalo E. Torres at

Awarded every two years by the Hertie Foundation, the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize recognizes the work of outstanding young neuroscientists and helps advance their careers as researchers. Nominations are now open for the 2015 prize. To learn more about nominee eligibility and the application process, please visit the website.

Awarded every two years by the Hertie Foundation, the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize recognizes the work of outstanding young neuroscientists and helps advance their careers as researchers. Nominations are now open for the 2015 prize. To learn more about nominee eligibility and the application process, please visit their website.

The Synapse Project is looking for laboratory internship or job-shadow opportunities for high school girls. The project aims to make neuroscience accessible through online independent study, virtual field trips, and lab tours. It also connects students to leaders in the neuroscience community who provide advice, networking, and internships. If you are interested in getting involved, contact

The National Eye Institute Audacious Goal Initiative (NEI AGI) focuses on regenerating neurons and neural connections in the eye and visual system. An NEI AGI Request for Information seeks input from the scientific community to help identify the major gaps in knowledge and obstacles preventing advancement in achieving this Audacious Goal.  The Input on Gaps in Knowledge Relevant to the National Eye Institute Audacious Goal Initiative will accept submissions until Nov. 1.