SfN Satellite Event

Tools & Tech: A BRAIN Initiative Alliance Social

Interested in cutting-edge neuroscience tools & technology? Come ‘talk shop’ with some of the leading toolmakers (pdf) 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.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Regency Ballroom CD)

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