BRAIN-funded resource FlyWire to host two fall workshops on analysis of the Drosophila connectome

The two virtual workshops, taking place on November 8 and November 21, will provide opportunities to learn more about FlyWire, a human-AI collaboration for reconstructing the full brain connectome of Drosophila. Registration is now open.

Two fall 2023 workshops will introduce researchers to the FlyWire Connectome, a fully proofread map of all the connections between neurons in the fruit fly brain. This powerful tool can be used to identify different neuron types in the brain, study how these neurons are connected to each other, and learn how these connections facilitate brain functions, such as learning.

Content for each workshop will be customized based on questions and ideas submitted by the audience members via each workshop’s respective RSVP form, linked below. Recordings of these events will be archived on the FlyWire YouTube channel

CAVE: Programmatic Access to the FlyWire Connectome with Python hosted by Sven Dorkenwald

Wednesday, November 8 from 12-1 p.m. ET

This workshop offers a walkthrough of the Connectome Annotation and Versioning Engine (CAVE), the powerful python tool that facilitates programmatic access to the FlyWire Connectome, developed by scientists at Princeton University and the Allen Institute for Brain Science. RSVP on the workshop webpage.

Codex Workshop hosted by Amy Sterling, Arie Matsliah, Szi-chieh Yu, and Marissa Sorek

Tuesday, November 21 from 12-1 p.m. ET

This workshop is aimed at reaching the wider research community, particularly those who do not have coding experience. It will consist of a guided tour of Codex, the Connectome Data Explorer, which over the past year has served over 180,000 search queries. After the guided tour, there will be a Q&A and an opportunity to share feedback that will shape the future of Codex. RSVP on the workshop webpage.

These workshops are supported by the NIH BRAIN Initiative dissemination program grant U24NS126935.

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