Ian's February blog

Posted by egg3 at Feb 07, 2014 11:55 AM |
Grant development meetings, update Emma with papers, conferences and imaging techniques with links

Congratulations

We're having a really productive grant writing time in the Theme with many grant development meetings and submissions already in 2014 - many thanks to all of you that are doing this! It bodes well for the future.

Can I remind everyone that when you have a paper accepted, please send a note and the full reference to Emma Gisborn (egg3@le.ac.uk) it takes forever to come up on IRIS and we like to highlight our successes for the College and Steering Group meetings.

Conferences

I've just returned from the Winter Brain Research Conference in the States. Beforehand I often think that attending a conference is a waste of time - there are too many jobs to do at home! But then on the return trip I am always relieved that I ignored my fears (there's even the pleasure of returning to new data, as further proof that the lab really doesn't need me). Conferences are a chance to test out ideas, and provide critiques of our results prior to submission. But what really makes it so worthwhile is the exposure to new ideas and techniques that might help for that project you've been mulling….. And the chance that you'll meet someone that can help you with a crucial problem or a stalled experiment.

For me this time, it was new imaging techniques that are revolutionising neuroscience. The super-resolution techniques are having a huge impact (talk to Nick Hartell) and high throughput methods are increasing the ease of constructing 3D volumes at the light and EM levels and fMRI is getting to grips with small animals (chat to Michael Kelly in CBS about using the new machine in the CRF). If you have not already done so, then take a look at some of these techniques and think about how we can exploit them. Here are some links - you'll be gobsmacked by the first…..

http://clarityresourcecenter.org

http://www.gatan.com/products/sem_products/products/3View_landing.php

http://brainmaps.org/index.php?p=about

http://www2.le.ac.uk/colleges/medbiopsych/facilities-and-services/cbs/cbs

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