Aug 17, 2017


Location: Bethesda, MD

By: National Institutes of Health

The eighth meeting of the Multi-Council Working Group, which works to ensure a coordinated and focused effort on BRAIN across NIH, will occur on Thursday, August 17th, 2017, on the NIH campus in Building 50. More details, including a videocast link, will follow.

Jun 28, 2017

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Location: Bethesda, MD (NIH main campus, Building 10, Masur Auditorium)

By: National Institutes of Health

NIH BRAIN-funded investigator, Dr. Feng Zhang, will be presenting at the NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Dr. Zhang is Core Member, The Broad Institute of MIT; Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Associate Professor, Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lecture summary: The microbial CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems provide archaea and bacteria with a programmable defense against invading nucleic acids. Several years ago, Dr. Zhang and others reported that the effector module from Streptococcus pyogenes CRISPR-Cas9 (SpCas9) could be harnessed for genome editing. Following this work, Zhang's lab has discovered, characterized, and engineered additional Cas enyzmes for use as molecular biology tools. These include a novel class of CRISPR-Cas systems that use RNA-guided RNases, such as Cas13a (C2c2) and Cas13b. Leveraging the natural properties of Cas13a, the lab developed a single-molecule nucleic acid sensing platform termed SHERLOCK, which can be used for rapid pathogen detection and genotyping. Zhang is continuing to explore microbial diversity to identify novel enzymes and systems that could serve as the basis for the development of additional molecular biology tools and applying these tools to tackle complex biological questions. This lecture will be followed by a reception in the NIH Library. Special thanks to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) for its support of the weekly reception. FAES is proud to co-sponsor with the NIH in hosting the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. To watch the WALS lecture online, visit Registration is not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Fire regulations require that every person in Masur Auditorium must have a seat. Standing in the aisles or in the back of the auditorium is not permitted. Sign language interpreters can be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Jacqueline Roberts,, 301-594-6747, or the Federal Relay, 800-877-8339.

Jun 29, 2017 -
Jun 30, 2017

Location: Bethesda, MD

By: Single Cell Analysis Program / National Institutes of Health

The Single Cell Analysis Program (SCAP), supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund, will host its 5th and final Annual Investigators Meeting on June 29-30, 2017, at the Clinical Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The purpose of the SCAP is to accelerate the discovery, development, and translation of cross-cutting, innovative approaches to analyzing the heterogeneity of biologically relevant populations of cells in situ.

Aug 19, 2017 -
Sep 03, 2017

Time: See link for details

Location: Friday Harbor, WA

By: Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Computational Neuroscience Program at the University of Washington

Announcing the Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain, co-hosted by the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Computational Neuroscience Program at the University of Washington and directed by Drs. Michael A. Buice, Shawn Olsen, Christof Koch and Adrienne Fairhall. This intensive, two-week, project-based, interdisciplinary course aims to give advanced students in neuroscience, biology, physics, engineering and computer science a rapid introduction to the current state of understanding of the neurobiology of sensory processing, including anatomy, physiology and neural coding. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2017.

Nov 11, 2017 -
Nov 15, 2017

Time: See link for details

Location: Washington, D.C.

By: Society for Neuroscience

Exciting news! The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has added “BRAIN Initiative” as a keyword to the abstract submission! If you are a BRAIN awardee and plan to present data generated from your BRAIN award, please include “BRAIN Initiative” as a keyword during your abstract submission. This will help the greater neuroscience community discover exciting new scientific advancements emerging from the BRAIN Initiative. SfN 2017 abstract submission is open from April 13th to May 4th.

Nov 13, 2017

Time: TBD

Location: Washington, D.C.

By: The BRAIN Initiative Alliance

The BRAIN Initiative Alliance will host a satellite event at the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting. Further details will be provided at a later date.

Nov 14, 2017

Time: 8:30am - 11:00am (EST)

Location: Washington, D.C.

By: National Institutes of Health

The BRAIN Initiative seeks to reveal how brain cells and circuits dynamically interact in time and space to shape our perceptions and behavior. BRAIN investigators are accelerating the development and application of new tools and neurotechnologies to tackle these challenges. This symposium, held at the Society for Neuroscience meeting and chaired by Dr. Joshua Gordon (Director of the National Institute of Mental Health), highlights advances that will enable exploration of how the brain records, stores, and processes vast amounts of information, shedding light on the complex links between brain function and behavior.

Jan 14, 2018 -
Jan 18, 2018

Location: Keystone, Colorado, USA

By: Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology

Keystone Symposia will host "State of the Brain: Genetic Dissection of Brain Circuits and Behavior in Health and Disease." This conference aims to accelerate progress toward the mapping of the human brain. In particular, it will focus on the latest tools, techniques, and discoveries in using genetic approaches to understand and develop an atlas of the cell types of the brain and their role in cognition, behavior, and brain diseases and disorders. The scientific organizers are Drs. Sean Hill of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Hongkui Zeng of Allen Institute for Brain Science, Z. Josh Huang of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and György Buzsáki of New York University, Langone Medical Center. Please visit the website for full details.

Mar 25, 2018 -
Mar 30, 2018

Location: Hotel Galvez, Galveston, TX

By: Gordon Research Conferences

The Neuroelectronic Interfaces Gordon Research Conference is being organized by co-chairs, Ulrich Hofmann and Jeffrey R. Capadona, and vice chairs, Thomas Stieglitz and Takashi Kozai. There are three Specific Aims: 1) to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the most recent findings in neural interfaces research; 2) to provide a forum for the findings of established scientists engaged in other biomedical areas to enable identification of new concepts for, and potential collaboration in, neural interfaces research; 3) to foster the development and continued involvement of qualified students and researchers from minority groups in neural interfaces research. Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 25, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. The online application form for 2018 meetings will be available in April.