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Pre-preprint: blogging a project

SLAB is trying something new with one project in the lab. Prior to drafting a preprint, we’re blogging the project and sharing the results and analysis. We invite anyone to comment on the work.



Allen Institute’s Brain Observatory data set

The Allen Institute has released the first set of data from their Brain Observatory project. Many of you already know about this, but I wanted to post about it to encourage people to take a bit of time to check out the data set themselves. They have a github page with materials that can help



SLAB is hiring postdocs – neurobiologists and engineers

Just a reminder to anyone looking for a postdoc position: check out the “Now Hiring” link above. We’re looking for people who are pure neurobiologists, pure engineers, or any mixture of the two. Graduate students that are interested in the lab are also encouraged to contact us, especially if they might be graduating soon. We



H.G. Wells and tissue clearing

This passage from H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (1897) is an interesting way to introduce the concept of index-matching for tissue clearing. By making sure all of the material interfaces (e.g., lipids, intracellular solutions, and extracellular solution) have the same index-of-refraction, one can render a body transparent. And here is another fact you will



Postdoc opening in Paris, Schmidt-Hieber lab

Christoph Schmidt-Hieber’s new lab at the Pasteur in Paris will open later this year and he has an opening for a postdoc to study neural circuits for navigation and memory. Labrigger has covered Christoph’s open source work before, on mouse VR and electrophysiology. Here is a link to that part of his web page.



Postdoc position with Duguid in Edinburgh

A world-class in vivo patch clamp electrophysiologist, Ian Duguid, is recruiting to his lab. Ian provides excellent training, and his lab is in a tremendous setting: Edinburgh. Ian’s also one of the current leaders of the famous CSHL Ion Channels course. By the way, his web site also has some interesting machine drawings and other



Meeting in Belgium on Read-Modify-Write Neural Circuitry

Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders is having its annual Neurotechnology Symposium May 2nd and 3rd, 2016 in Leuven, Belgium. This year the focus is on “Read- Modify- Write” technologies for interfacing with neural circuits. Confirmed Speakers: Dora Angelaki, Baylor College of Medicine, U.S.A. Polina Anikeeva, MIT, U.S.A. Antal Berényi, University of Szeged, Hungary Megan R. Carey, Champalimaud



DARPA: read 10^6 neurons, write 10^5 neurons

DARPA wants a dream neural interface. They can wait 4 years, but they want a complete plan now (abstracts due Feb 25, full proposals April 14). This is a direct quote from the announcement for the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program. Successful NESD proposals must culminate in the delivery of complete, functional, implantable neural



Intersectional strategies: CRE-DOG

Intersectional strategies are rapidly growing in sophistication. Unfortunately, it still takes time to generate mice and make crosses as needed, so short cuts are handy. The CRE-DOG technique, from Connie Cepko’s lab, induces expression in cells that are already expressing GFP. No Cre needed. If you have a fusion protein line or a BAC transgenic



Imaging Course at Max Planck Florida

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is holding an imaging course Jan 11-20, 2016. They have a really excellent line up of lecturers. A range of topics will be covered: two-photon imaging, FLIM, FRET, endoscopy, uncaging, optogenetics, SPIM, image analysis, instrumentation (alignment, system design), … Applications are due in a few days, Nov. 17.



Neurolabware SfN party v2.0

Neurolabware is having another SfN party this year.



2015 Kavli Futures Symposium for Neurotechnologies

The 2015 Kavli Futures Symposium on “Next Generation NeuroTechnologies” will be Sept 26 in NYC. Freeman, Ji, Svoboda, Pillow, and others are all speaking. Here’s a link. Registration is filling up fast.



Preprints and the wide field of view 2-photon

The preprint for the wide field of view 2-photon system we built has been updated. Check it out at bioRxiv.org. Preprint servers are a great way to share work-in-progress. ArXiv and bioRxiv are two popular ones. Review cycles can take a very long time, and even after acceptance it can take a long time before



Cynicism on the frontier

Excerpt from “How the Laser Happened: Adventures of a Scientist”: We were still working under a Joint Service contract, managed by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. […] One day, after we had been at it for about two years, Rabi and Kusch, the former and current chairmen of the department–both of them Nobel laureates for



Course in Paris

The Optical Imaging and Electrophysiological Recording in Neuroscience course is Jun 9-19 in Paris. Application deadline is March 30. Lots of great people will be teaching, including Valentina Emiliani, Isabel Llano, Brad Amos, Troy Margrie, Laurent Moreaux, Alain Marty, and Boris Barbour.