The mammoth conference, which this year drew nearly 30,000 people from all over the globe, annually presents a huge opportunity for neuroscientists to network, hear about broad trends in the field, keep tabs on what other labs are up to, and to browse the latest lab equipment. But for one moment, be it at a poster or at a lectern, those who are presenting have a forum to influence the field to and sample the field’s feedback by sharing their latest work.
In all, Picower faculty members, postdocs and students presented more than 40 talks and posters on topics ranging from brain circuits underlying compulsive drinking, to hippocampus cells that track the order in which experiences happen, to the brain mechanisms underlying anesthesia, to advances in microscopy. Kwanghun Chung co-chaired and spoke at a symposium on whole-brain tissue imaging and analysis, Kay Tye moderated a press conference on the neuroscience of social behavior, and faculty members such as Earl Miller, Li-Huei Tsai and Tye spoke at some of the myriad satellite events that surround the conference. Miller presented his new model of working memory (see p. 3), Tye discussed how the brain assigns positive or negative feelings to memories, and Tsai discussed her lab’s research on the APOE4 gene variant that conveys an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
In the aggregate, Picower presenters demonstrated many ways in which the Institute’s research contributes to the broader field. In turn, the questions and comments they received from colleagues at the conference provided them valuable ideas as well.
Above: Sur lab postdocs Jennifer Shih and Chloe Delepine were among dozens of Picower researchers who shared their latest research at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Nov. 3-7 in San Diego.