Oct. 11, 2013 - This Week’s Consolidation of Advocacy News
Randy Schekman, Thomas Suedhof, and James Rothman will share the 2013 Nobel Prize in in Physiology or Medicine for discovering machinery that regulates cell transport, which enhanced our understanding of how neurons in the brain transmit signal. The winners recently spoke on in support of federal science funding. Notably, Suedhof explains the limitations of solely focusing on translational neuroscience.
- Find more information about sequestration and the government shutdown at SfN.org.
This past week was the 2013 Human Brain Project Summit, which brought together top scientists from all over the world to plan the project's work for the next ten years.
- Find more information on the Human Brain Project »
- Come to SfN’s annual meeting event: Understanding New Brain Initiatives in the U.S. and Europe on Nov. 11, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. in San Diego.
Federal investigators have cleared University of Wisconsin-Madison to continue all animal research because NIH determined that complaints were unfounded.
The article covers the research goals of various scientists, including Nicholas Spitzer at the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, Ralph Greenspan at the Center for Brain Activity Mapping, and Jacopo Annese at the Brain Observatory.
This work, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, provides data that suggests that inflammation caused by infection during a pregnancy reduces the availability of iron required for oligodendrocyte maturation and white matter development.
- The full article can be found in The Journal of Neuroscience.
- More information for science educators can be found at BrainFacts.org.
The shutdown and science funding from the local Michigan perspective.
This writer argues that “the underpinnings and tactics used in business and consumer choices can be relevant and useful in science communication, even if driven by completely different motivations.”
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