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UCL to host new brain research institute

Clay rendered three-dimensional model of the UCL campus, created by Andrew Hudson-Smith of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, using SketchUp and 3DMax. Nature News reports that UCL will host a centre of excellence for neuroscience research: University College London (UCL) will host the new centre, after beating rival universities Oxford and Cambridge, Nature has…

ESOF2008, Barcelona, July 18-22

This coming Friday is my 34th birthday, and the lovely people from ScienceBlogs/ Seed Media Group have given me a fantastic present: they’re sending me on an all expenses paid long weekend to Barcelona to cover ESOF2008. The mission of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is to provide both the European and the international science…

UCL launches iTunes platform

Today sees the launch of UCL’s iTunes platform, which can be used to download, among other things, lectures and seminars. There’s not much material on there yet, but the university promises that highlights of UCL on iTunes U will include: first-hand expert accounts of the history of neuroscience, produced by the Wellcome Centre for the…

Four years ago this week, leading neuroscientists and psychologists convened at Columbia University for the Brain and Mind Symposium, “to discuss the accomplishments and limitations of reductionist and holistic approaches to examining the nervous system and mental functions”. Speakers included the Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, developmental neurobiologist Thomas Jessell, who heads Columbia’s new neuroscience…

UCL launches neuroscience website

This beautiful two-photon microscopy image, by Alanna Watt and Michael Hausser, shows a network of Purkinje cells in the cerebellar cortex. Named after the Czech anatomist who discovered them, Purkinje cells are the largest cells in the mammalian brain. They have a planar structure with a highly elaborate dendritic tree which forms hundreds of thousands…

Wellcome/ New Scientist essay competition

Here’s something that I’ll almost certainly be entering in two years’ time (when, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be a Ph.D. student again): Wellcome Trust and New Scientist essay competition The Wellcome Trust is inviting postgraduates in science, engineering or technology to tell the world about their research, through an annual essay competition…

NeuroTV at UCSD

UCSD-TV, the local television station broadcast by the University of California at San Diego, has a series called Grey Matters, which is devoted to neuroscience. To date, fifteen full-length presentations have been produced for the series, all of which are availabe online in RealPlayer at the UCSD-TV website. They can also be viewed on the…

Neuron publishes online readers’ comments

The editors of the journal Neuron are now publishing readers’ comments on the journal’s website. Comments can be made online for any paper published in the journal, including all of those in the online back archive. Neuron is owned by Elsevier, and the decision to publish online readers’ comments is an interesting one. This is…

Tips for writing behavioural studies grants

I’ve just received this email from Stephanie Porter, one of the authors of the Oxford University Press blog: I wanted to share with you a compelling series of posts from our new Complete Writing Guide to NIH Behavioral Studies Grants. Both posts are excerpts from the book that extend pointers on how to write a…