Weekly Digest 6/11 to 6/15/ 2015

Weekly Digest  6/11 to 6/15/ 2015

Upcoming online events

BRAIN Initiative Workshop: Early Access to Neuromodulation and Recording- 6/3-6/4/15

TITLE: NIH BRAIN Initiative Workshop: Industry Partnerships to Facilitate Early Access to Neuromodulation and Recording Devices for Human Clinical Studies

TIME: 12:00:00 PM DATE: June 3 and 4, 2015

PLACE: Neuroscience Center Building (NSC)

 Live NIH Videocast (archived after seminar)

DARPA’s new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx)  (pronounced “electrics”) program aims to develop new high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health, initiated in support of the President’s brain initiative.

DARPA’s new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) (pronounced “electrics”) program aims to develop new high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health, initiated in support of the President’s brain initiative.

NIH Neuroscience Seminar- June 1, 2015

TITLE: Rethinking Depression and its Treatment: Perspectives from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation

AUTHOR: Helen Mayberg, M.D., Emory University

TIME: 12:00:00 PM  DATE: Monday, June 1, 2015

PLACE: Porter Neuroscience Research Center

 Live NIH Videocast (archived after seminar)

Helen Mayberg, M.D., Emory University

BRAIN Initiative

Walter Koroshetz – Early Days of the NIH BRAIN initiative

Walter Koroshetz presentation at Neuroscience BioConference Live [online] conference on Mar 19, 2015.

From Labroots synopsis: “The major funded efforts at this time fit into 3 main categories; 1) defining the components of brain circuits, i.e., a cell census; 2) developing and testing tools for recording high density information on circuit structure, activity, and manipulating circuit activity; 3) novel technology for noninvasive interrogation and manipulation of circuit activity (next generation imaging).”

Walter Koroshetz - Early Days of the NIH BRAIN initiative

Articles on the BRAIN Initiative Spring 2015

The $5 Billion Race to Map Your Brain

Ozy April 29. 2015 by Chana Schoenberger

Rafael Yuste, Source: Columbia University

Rafael Yuste, Source: Columbia University

Obama’s BRAIN Initiative yields first study results

Reuters April 30, 2015 by Sharon Begley

Brain Mapping

Allen Cell Types Database

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is taking the first major scientific step to create a searchable standards database for the brain with the launch of the Allen Cell Types Database.

The first release includes information on just 240 neurons out of hundreds of thousands in the mouse visual cortex, with a focus on the electrophysiology of those individual cells: the electrical pulses that tell a neuron to fire, initiating a pattern of neural activation that results in perception and action.

Neurons in the database are mapped in 3D space. Source: Allen Institute

Neurons in the database are mapped in 3D space. Source: Allen Institute

Rapid imaging of a living brain

Using a new high-speed, high-resolution imaging method, researchers at Washington University were able to see blood flow, blood oxygenation, oxygen metabolism, and other functions inside a living mouse brain at faster rates than ever before.

The new method is called “photoacoustic microscopy” (PAM), a single-wavelength, pulse-width-based technique developed by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and his team.

Schematic of fast functional photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) of the mouse brain. OAC, optical-acoustic combiner; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; UT, ultrasonic transducer. (credit: Junjie Yao et al./Nature)

Schematic of fast functional photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) of the mouse brain. OAC, optical-acoustic combiner; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; UT, ultrasonic transducer. (credit: Junjie Yao et al./Nature)

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