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E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Oct. 10, 2014


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Neuroscience: Brains of NorwayNature, Oct. 6, 2014. Read this story and others.

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SfN Spotlight

SfN Councilor Edvard Moser Shares Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The Society for Neuroscience congratulates John O´Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and SfN Council member Edvard Moser, the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. Their work “represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of how ensembles of specialized cells work together to execute higher cognitive functions,” according to the press release from the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute. “It has opened new avenues for understanding other cognitive processes, such as memory, thinking and planning.”

Stefan W. Hell Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Congratulations to German physicist Stefan W. Hell, a joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. At Neuroscience 2014, Hell will give a special lecture titled “Nanoscopy With Focused Light: Principles and Applications” as well as participate in a press conference on technological breakthroughs that are transforming the field of neuroscience.

Get Tools to Maximize Your Annual Meeting Experience
Whether you are an annual meeting veteran or a first-time attendee, consider visiting SfN’s ‘Making the Most out of Your Annual Meeting’ page on for 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 “How to Use the Neuroscience Meeting Planner” tutorial, 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.

Annual Meeting

Arrive Early at Neuroscience 2014 for Specialized Preconference Workshops
Opportunities for professional development abound at Neuroscience 2014. SfN is offering two short 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.

Are You Looking for Career Advice?
Plan to attend Career Development Topics: A Networking Event on Saturday, November 15, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Hall E at the Washington Convention Center. At this special networking event, experienced neuroscientists will speak with students and early investigators according to table topics organized around research, funding, careers beyond the academy, and professional development.

Network With Leaders in the Field at the ‘Meet-the-Experts’ Series
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with senior researchers during the “Meet-the-Experts” series. Veteran scientists 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. Only Neuroscience 2014 registration is required, but seating is limited.

NIH, Funding, and You: A Practical Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Your Research Career
You will hear from NIH staff about how to achieve success in the realm of training and grant writing at a Neuroscience 2014 professional development workshop (name?). Learn about successful applications for different funding mechanisms and participate in a dynamic question-and-answer session. Information about this and other professional development workshops is available at No registration beyond that for Neuroscience 2014 is required.

Connect With Your Colleagues and Get Planning Tips for Neuroscience 2014
Take advantage of all the resources available on NeurOnLine for planning your trip to 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.

2014 Satellite Events
Satellite submissions are still being accepted for the annual meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to schedule your satellite event (symposium, meeting, or social event) at Neuroscience 2014.

Preview Highlighted Symposia in the Annual Meeting Scientific Program
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.

Membership & Chapters

Have You Registered for Neuroscience 2014 Yet? 
Don’t miss out on this year’s annual meeting. Neuroscience 2014 serves as the gathering place for the field and provides you with more than 15,000 abstracts displaying new science, nearly 600 exhibitors showcasing new tools and technologies, and dozens of professional development, advocacy, and social events. Visit Washington, DC, to hear featured and special lectures from world-renowned scientists, connect with your colleagues, and make new professional partnerships. Learn more about the meeting and take advantage of your discount member rate by registering now.

Education & Advocacy

If the Brain Can't Feel Pain, Why Do We Get Headaches?
In the latest response to a Ask an Expert question, Editorial Board member and pain expert Allan Basbaum explains the origins of headaches and the challenges associated with developing new headache treatments.

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

Do You Know Where Your Candidates for Public Office Stand on Research Funding?
To help voters become more informed about their candidates’ views on medical progress, SfN has partnered with Research!America on its 2014 Ask Your Candidates! Initiative. This national nonpartisan program is designed to help the public ask candidates important questions about health funding. Visit to find out how you can get involved.

Professional Development

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

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. For example, the dataset is a centrally curated inventory of digitally reconstructed neurons associated with peer-reviewed publications. Log in to ERIN to write a review for an existing resource or to submit one of your own.

The Evolving Face of Neuroscience: Role of Women and Globalization
Relive former SfN President Carol Barnes’ inspiring keynote address, “The Evolving Face of Neuroscience: Role of Women and Globalization,” from the Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Luncheon at Neuroscience 2013. Throughout the speech, Barnes shares her experiences as a member and leader of SfN and asks those in attendance to dream big and globally.

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.

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 Grass Fellowship Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., helps support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career. Are you an early investigator (late-stage predoctoral trainees and beyond) interested in research support? Please submit all summer 2015 applications online by December 5.

The call for nominations for the 2015 NSF Alan T. Waterman Award is open through October 24. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.

Research grants are now available from the Danish Brain Prize. The Brain Prize recognizes highly original and influential advances in any area of neuroscience, ranging from fundamental research on molecular, cellular, physiological, and pharmacological mechanisms to treatment and prevention of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The 2014 Brain Prize Meeting will take place November 2-4 at Hindsgavl Castle in Middelfart, Denmark. This year’s topic is “Brain and Cognition – Function and Dysfunction”.

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 tour labs. It also connects students to leaders in the neuroscience community who provide advice, networking, and internships. If you are interested in getting involved, contact

In collaboration with the Kavli Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is accepting nominations for the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence, a prestigious network of 30 outstanding young European neuroscientists. The goal of the network is to establish a link between emerging leaders and the current senior neuroscience community and to foster scientific and science policy exchange between mid- and junior level neuroscientists. The first group of FENS-Kavli scholars will be selected in November. Read the call for applications for additional information.