October 31, 2018
Neuroscience 2018, the Society for Neuroscience’s (SfN) main meeting is fast approaching. Attended by over 30,000 delegates, with 9 featured lectures, 15 special lectures and over 14,000 abstracts submitted, there is so much science to see and discuss, it is easy to get overwhelmed and lost among the throng.
Cedric Faure, application scientist and neurophysiology expert gives his hints and tips for how to get the most out of this year’s meeting, including which sessions to attend if you are a neurophysiologist.
WHICH ORAL/TALK SESSIONS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT ATTENDING?
Actually, some of the sessions I am most excited to attend are the pre-conference sessions. If you are in town on Friday 1 or Saturday 2, November, and are an early riser, there are some fantastic opportunities to hear from great researchers in the meet-the-expert pre-conference sessions. Such as:
Saturday November 2, SESSION SPC10 – Meet-the-Expert, Session 1: Timothy Harris – High Channel Count Electrophysiology,
‘Neuropixels’ was the buzzword at last year’s SfN meeting. With around 900 recording channels on a shaft that is the fraction the width of a human hair, these are revolutionary electrodes. I’m excited to hear how researchers have employed them in their research. And it will be great to hear from their inventor, Dr Tim Harris, himself.
WHICH POSTER SESSIONS DO YOU RECOMMEND CHECKING OUT?
From a neurophysiological
Monday, November 5, Physiological Methods: Electrophysiology: Electrode Arrays I. 13:00 – 17:00
Wednesday, November 7, Physiological Methods: Electrophysiology: Electrode Arrays II. 08:00 – 12:00
Sunday, November 4, Physiological Methods: Electrophysiology: Neural Networks.08:00 – 12:00
Sunday, November 4, Physiological Methods: Optogenetics I & II. 08:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00
WHICH SESSIONS SHOULD I ATTEND TO HEAR ABOUT THE LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN NEUROPHYSIOLOGY?
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Another session that should be of interest for neurophysiologists is the poster session on
WHICH BOOTHS SHOULD I VISIT TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT?
I hope that everyone comes by our booth MCI-Neuroscience (Booth Number: 3613). We will be showcasing a lot of our products including our Pryer lens, a powerful imaging lens that enables deep brain tissue imaging in vivo.
Also, we will be showcasing a prototype of the CleverExcite, our new multiphoton imaging system. It’s much smaller than conventional multiphoton systems, the whole set up can fit on an air table less than a
Combining the Pryer lens with the CleverExcite system offers unparalleled insight into neuronal circuit activity. And I hope neurophysiologists will come by our booth to check out the
ANY OTHER USEFUL ADVICE?
Other practical advice would be: carry water. Conferences are thirsty work and you’re going to be meeting and talking to a lot of people. Also, consider using the Meeting Planner on the conference website, you don’t want to miss any sessions. And, to stay on top what’s going on via social media, follow the hashtag #SfN18