May 18 - 19, 2017
Our kickoff meeting brought together two communities: physical scientists involved in large-scale scientific programs, and neuroscientists interested in the novel neurotechnologies. Interactions between these communities is essential for the success of the BRAIN Initiative and for other major scientific challenges in the neuroscience of the future. At this meeting there were group discussions of the necessity of capitalizing on large scale scientific facilities such as those available at the National Laboratories for neuroscience in critical research areas. Other talks included were on progress in using tools and resources in the Department of Energy National Laboratory system that can serve neuroscience research (e.g., large computing infrastructure, advanced light sources, nanofabrication, etc.), and discussion of strategies for capitalizing on existing resources.
September 11 - 15, 2017
The NCBM hosted a workshop on physical limits to measurements in neurobiology held at HHMI Janelia Research Center. Our goal was to define the ultimate limits of two types of measurements in neuroscience: One is the classic issue of detecting extracellular spikes. There have been strides is making high density probes, but basic material issues and electronic issues at the interface of ionic and electronic conductors remain to be reexamined. The second is nascent field of X-ray imaging to determine neuronal structure, where initial work is focused on tomography with the associated inverse problem. Breakout sessions at this workshop focused on electrodes, X-rays, and specific technical issues.
October 24 - 27, 2017
The Neurostorm Hackathon was held at Marine Biological Laboratory. It brought together PIs, trainees, industry members, funders, nonprofit leaders, and others, towards establishing a unified front in the democratization of neuroscience through the development and collection of scientific tools and data. This hackathon was focused on performing accessible and scalable neuroscience; namely, building and unifying methods for moving, handling, and processing large neuroimaging data in the cloud.
March 19, 2018
In the past few years, a revolution in cryo electron microscopy has taken structural biology by storm. The recent integration of new developments in electron microscopes, direct electron detection cameras, and advances in image analysis methods are allowing the expansion of high resolution structural molecular biology in new and exciting directions by direct visualization of macromolecules and their complexes. The Third Coast Workshop on Biological Cryo-EM addressed key developments in this fast advancing field and brought together scientists from different disciplines and provided an opportunity for scientists to discuss the state of the field and exchange views from both experimental and computational perspectives.
May 25 - 27, 2018
The Cephalopod Working Group meeting held in May 2018 brought together scientists focused on neuromechanics, cellular molecular neuroscience, and machine learning theory to introduce emerging cellular and molecular techniques to cephalopod biology and ultimately link cephalopod neuroethology to physical science approaches including robotics and computational science. This meeting was also a precursor to help us produce an agenda for crafting an upcoming cephalopod conference.
July 31 - August 2, 2018
As a part of our Brains! outreach program the NCBM developed a neuroscience curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and a training for Chicago area teachers to bring neuroscience to their classrooms. Middle school teachers were trained with a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum all about sensing and the brains. Teachers worked in collaborative teams and had opportunities to adapt activities to their unique classrooms. In addition to the curriculum and the training opportunity, participants received a classroom set of lab materials.
October 10 - 12, 2018
The Neuroprobes workshop was a NCBM event focused on probe development for multi-scale, multimodal imaging of the brain. Many technological revolutions in probe development occur in tangential fields with minimal discussion between neuroscientists, probe developers, microscopists, and computational scientists. An obvious example are efforts at National Laboratories where advances in biological reporters based on nano-materials are largely unknown. Successfully leveraging this potential will require addressing that gap. This conference featured talks from scientists pushing the boundaries of probes, microscopy, computation in the context of addressing specific neurobiological questions. A diverse group of scientist addressed issues of probes for correlative, multi-modal, living and post-mortem brain imaging, probes for new assays of cell function, and computational considerations in future probe development.