2020 BRAIN Initiative - Show Us Your BRAINS! Photo & Video Contest

First Place Image: Light-based rendering of deep brain stimulation’s electrical excitation of neuronal fiber pathways to treat patients with traumatic brain injury.
Light Me Up!
Light-based rendering of deep brain stimulation’s electrical excitation of neuronal fiber pathways to treat patients with traumatic brain injury. Photo courtesy of Andrew Janson, 1st Place 2019 Photo Contest

Neuroscience has come a long way since the hand drawings of Ramon y Cajal and currently innovative technology continues to capture the wonder and beauty of the brain. As the entire world is now facing a major threat from the COVID-19 pandemic, science continues to progress on many other fronts. We want to see the amazing images and videos from your research as perhaps everyone could use a little break now and then from the coronavirus news! Regardless of discipline, career stage, or funding source, we invite all those engaged in the BRAIN Initiative to enter your coolest, most artistic, and eye-catching images (1-10 MB) and short videos (<30 s) in the 2020 BRAIN Initiative Show Us Your BRAINS! Cool Picture & Video Contest. 

Be creative! It will help us show the public how you're revolutionizing brain science.

Second Place Image: Mouse hippocampal neuron stained for f-actin (red) and tubulin (green) look like the devil dancing ballet
Dancing Devils
Mouse hippocampal neuron stained for f-actin (red) and tubulin (green) look like the devil dancing ballet. Photo courtesy of Sharada Tilve, 2nd Place 2019 Photo Contest
NIH will accept submissions up until 5pm on Sunday, May 3th, 2020. The 2020 Program Committee for the 6th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting will review anonymized submissions and narrow the field to the top 12 submissions they feel capture the creative spirit of BRAIN Initiative. The finalists will be posted online May 18th for public voting. The top 3 photos and top 3 videos will be announced as part of the 6th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting - WITH PRIZES!! 

Please submit your pictures in jpeg, gif, or png formats at a minimum 300 dpi resolution and ranging from 1-10 MB in size. Videos should run no longer than 30 seconds and be submitted in MP4 formats at less than 20 MB in size.

 

High-Resolution MORF3-labeled Hippocampal Neurons
Using MORF3 and SHIELD, pyramidal neurons were sparsely labelled and imaged at very high resolution deep within a whole hemisphere. Video courtesy of X. William Yang & Kwanghun (KC) Chung, 1st Place 2019 Video Contest

 

Along with your submission, please provide your name, institution, email address, a brief title (<50 characters), and a short caption (<150 characters) for your entry. You do not need to participate in the 6th Annual BRAIN Investigators Meeting to enter or win.

Please note that by entering the competition, you give NIH permission to incorporate your image(s) and/or video(s) in flyers/handouts, publications, websites, presentations, social media, and other forms of communications for or related to the BRAIN Initiative, with the understanding that NIH will credit the image(s) and/or video(s).

We can’t wait to see your BRAINS! 

 

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