SfN Satellite Event

The BRAIN Initiative Alliance attended the 2019 Society for Neuroscience Conference in Chicago, IL. While there, the BIA put on a social that allowed individuals to meet and converse with BRAIN Initiative researchers about their cutting-edge work. Similar events have been hosted virtually in 2020 and early 2021. Learn more about all of these events below.

BRAIN Initiative Alliance Talk to Toolmakers social

The BIA hosted a social as part of the SfN Global Connectome virtual event on Jan 11-13, 2021. See below for more details.

Date: January 12, 2021 at 3:30-4:30pm ET

Since the inception of the U.S. BRAIN Initiative, countless tools, technologies, and theories have been developed by scientists working with federal and non-federal partners of the BRAIN Initiative Alliance. During the SfN Global Connectome (#SfNConnectome21), take some time to talk to BRAIN Initiative toolmakers in small group breakouts – learn about what they’ve produced, ask a clarifying question – and maybe find an opportunity to collaborate! Participants can chat in up to three breakout sessions.

Chemical / Small MoleculesNoninvasive Ultrasonic Drug Uncaging TechniqueRaag Airan
Chemical / Small moleculesRenewable Affinity ReagentsJim Trimmer
Electrophysiology / ProbesCMU ArrayEric Yttri and Rahul Panat
Electrophysiology / ProbesWireless Floating Microelectrode Array (WFMA)Philip Troyk
Electrophysiology / ProbesNeuronNex:MINTEuisik Yoon and Nathan Slager
Electrophysiology / ProbesCarbon Fiber Electrode ArrayParas Patel and Cynthia Chestek
Electrophysiology / ProbesPolymer Electrode ArrayLoren Frank
Electrophysiology / ProbesMagnetic Micro-coilsShelley Fried
Molecular / CellularsciMAP-ATACCasey Thornton and Andrew Adey
Molecular / CellularCaMPARI and VoltronEric Schreiter, Ahmed Abdelfattah
Molecular / CellularGenetically Encoded Voltage Indicators (GEVIs) Francois St-Pierre, Xiaoyu “Helen” Lu
Molecular / CellularMAPseq & BARseqXiaoyin Chen and Anthony Zador 
Optics / MicroscopyNeuroNex: CornellChris Xu and Chunyan Wu
Optics / MicroscopyMiniature Micro-EndoscopeWalter Gonzalez and Carlos Lois 
Optics / MicroscopyUCLA MiniscopeDaniel Aharoni and Peyman Golshani
Other Hardware DevelopmentCraniobot & See-ShellsSuhasa Kodandaramaiah and Mathew Rynes
SoftwareHuman Neocortical Neurosolver (HNN)Stephanie Jones
SoftwarecytoNet Amina Ann Qutub, Arun Mahadevan, and Byron Long 
SoftwareSocial LEAP Estimates Animal Poses (SLEAP)Talmo Pereira, Mala Murthy, and Joshua Shaevitz
Software Phase Calculator PluginAlik Widge and Mark Schatza

BRAIN Initiative Alliance Tools, Tech, Theory, and Trainee Series in collaboration with Neuromatch 3.0

Dates: Oct 26th– 28th, 2020 at 3:00-4:00pm ET

The BIA hosted a virtual series on Oct 26-28 in collaboration with Neuromatch 3.0 to highlight cutting-edge tools, technology, and theories emerging from the BRAIN Initiative. For more details, catch up with the event summary here. To view the recorded sessions, see the Neuromatch Conference Youtube page.

Tools & Tech: A BRAIN Initiative Alliance Social

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm CT
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Regency Ballroom CD); Chicago, IL

Did you miss out on the 2019 BRAIN Initiative Alliance Neuroscience Social? Catch up with a summary here and scroll down for further details. Many of these tools are also now listed on our Toolmakers’ Resources page!

Interested in cutting-edge neuroscience tools & technology? Come ‘talk shop’ with some of the leading toolmakers funded by the US BRAIN Initiative. Through the BRAIN Initiative, a broad array of these tools and resources are becoming available to the research community. This informal and interactive social is open to all SfN attendees.

2019 Featured Toolmakers:


Tom Bartol, Lyndsey Kirk, and Kristen Harris, NeuroNex: 3DEM
Neuropil tools for enhanced resolution 3-dimensional electron microscopy.
Yazan Billeh, BMTK
The Brain Modeling Toolkit: A Python-based software package for creating and simulating neural network models.
Jian Chen, Lab
Tools for data visualization and analysis: Gene data exploration; brain meta-analysis.
Oliver Ruebel, Ben Dichter and Nathan Gouwens, NWB; Allen Institute software
Software development for the Neurodata Without Borders (NWB) data standard for neurophysiology, and data analysis and computational modeling
Stephanie Jones, HNN
Human Neocortical Neurosolver software tool: A user friendly software tool to test and develop hypothes on the circuit mechanism underlying EEG/MEG data
Talmo Pereira, LEAP
SLEAP (Social LEAP Estimates Animal Poses): A deep learning software framework for general purpose multi-animal limb tracking from video
Amina Ann Qutub, cytoNet
cytoNet: A Mathematical, web-based tool to rapidly characterize multiscale networks from images
Terrence Sejnowski, Lab
Nonlinear causal analysis of large-scale recordings
Alik Widge, Lab
Open source tools to precisely lock perturbations to the phase of ongoing LFP oscillations

Electrophysiology / Probes

Loren Frank, Lab
Very large scale multielectrode recording—flexible, biocompatible polymer electrodes
Shelley Fried, Lab
Micro-coils for magnetic stimulation of cortical neurons
Tim Harris and Josh Siegle, Neuropixels, Open Ephys
Neuropixel high channel count electrophysiology probes and the Open Ephys open-source, plugin-based cross-platform software for data acquisition
Eusik Yoon, Nate Slager, and Paras Patel, NeuronNex:MINT
High-density recordings: micro-LED optoelectrodes and carbon fiber electrodes for dopamine
Bryce Chung, Lab / Muhannad Bakir, Lab
Advanced technology for motorneurophysiology: Micro-scale EMG arrays and algorithms for recording and analyzing muscle activity
Philip Troyk, Lab
The Floating Microelectrode Array: CNS stimulation and recording through a magnetic, wireless link
Eric Yttri, Preprint; Lab
3D Nanoparticle printing for customized, ultra-high-density multielectrode arrays

Optics / Microscopy

Daniel Aharoni and Peyman Golshani, NeuroNex: Miniscope
New miniaturized open source microscopes integrated with electrophysiology.
Alison Barth, Lab, Preprint
High-throughput, quantitative connectomics using fluorescence microscopy.
Emily Gibson, Lab
2P-FCM: Miniature 2-photon fiber-coupled microscope for 3D neural imaging in freely moving animals
Walter Gonzalez, Preprint
Miniature micro-endoscope: record brain activity in multiple areas simultaneously in mice
Joe Fetcho and Chunyan Wu, NeuroNex: Cornell
Next generation optical microscopy to image deeper, wider and faster

Molecular / Cellular

Xiaoyin Chen, Technology
Mapping long-range projects at single neuron resolution using BARseq and MAPseq
Christopher Moore, NeuroNex: BioluminescenceHub
Novel bioluminescent molecular tools for controlling cells and tracking activity
Eric Schreiter, Lab
Fluorescent indicators for neuronal activity: CaMPARI and Voltron
Francois St-Pierre, Lab
Molecular technologies: Genetically encoded indicators for monitoring voltage in vivo (GEVIs)
Casey Thornton, Lab
Spatially-resolved epigenomic profiles of single cells in intact tissue

Chemical / Small Molecules

Raag Airan, Lab
Nanoparticles for ultrasonic uncaging of neuromodulatory drugs in the nervous system
Jim Trimmer, Lab
Renewable recombinant antibodies and affinity reagents for neuroscience research

Other Hardware Development

Baldwin Goodell, Graymatter Research
Hardware development for non-human primates: distributed recording systems and orthopedic implantation
Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, Lab
Robotic platforms for automated cranial microsurgery and transparent polymer skulls for neural interfacing