Upcoming BRAIN-related events, socials, and sessions at Neuroscience 2023

Are you going to the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference November 11 – 15, 2023? Join these exciting BRAIN-relevant events, socials, and sessions. 

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will be hosting its annual meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WCC) in Washington, D.C. from November 11- 15, 2023. Up to 24 lectures will be streamed live and a recording will be available for all Neuroscience 2023 registrants following the broadcast—tune in virtually for a sampling of symposia, minisymposia, and featured panel sessions. 

If you’re attending in person, be sure to stop by the NIH booths (3401, 3402, and 3411) to meet with NIH BRAIN Initiative programmatic staff and learn about BRAIN Initiative funding opportunities

Conference attendees can network with and learn from BRAIN Initiative investigators, Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG) members, and BRAIN Initiative Alliance (BIA) members. In this post, learn more about an assortment of BRAIN Initiative-associated satellite events, socials, and special sessions outlined below.

Stay tuned for more highlights in an upcoming blog post later this week.  

Satellite Events, Socials, and Special Sessions  

Please note that all times listed are in Eastern Time (ET). The Westin Downtown DC Hotel was formerly the Renaissance (999 9th Street Northwest).  

Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Brain Discovery Neurotechnology Workshop 

Thursday, November 9, 9 a.m. - Friday, November 10, 7 p.m., George Washington University 

The IEEE Brain Technical Community is hosting a workshop highlighting innovative neurotechnology and brain research methods, emphasizing their potential to improve understanding of the brain and address a wide range of disorders to improve the human condition. This event includes keynote and invited speakers, interactive panels, exhibits from the neurotech industry, and poster presentations. IEEE Brain is a member of the BRAIN Initiative Alliance.  

Human Neocortical Neurosolver Course: A Software Tool for Neural Interpretation of MEG/EEG 

Friday, November 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Rooms 8/9 

The Human Neocortical Neurosolver Team is sponsoring a workshop in which attendees will learn how to use their open-source software tool to study the origin of commonly measured signals and how to stimulate these signals using the HNN-core Python interface. Pre-registration is required. This tool is one of many resources featured on the BRAIN Initiative Alliance website.  

Tools, Tech, and Theory: A BRAIN Initiative Alliance Social 

Sunday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Potomac Ballroom 2 

Interested in cutting-edge neuroscience tools and technology? Come ‘talk shop’ with some leading BRAIN Initiative-funded toolmakers at this informal and interactive social. Read more about this event in another BRAIN Blog post.   

International Brain Initiative Social 

Sunday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Potomac Ballroom 1 

Join the International Brain Initiative’s executive committee and working group at the International Brain Initiative social and learn about their new global collaboration efforts in neuroscience. 

Cajal Club for Neuroscience Social 

Sunday, November 12, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Rooms 12/13/14 

BRAIN investigator Dr. Paola Arlotta of Harvard University and BRAIN Initiative Alliance partner, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, are co-chairing the event. This social will discuss tissue clearing methods to study 3D organization of vertebrate embryos and uncover the fine details of neural circuits. 

American Brain Coalition 2023 Annual Membership Meeting 

Monday, November 13, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Anacostia E on the Ballroom Level; Virtual option available. 

Sponsored by BRAIN Initiative Alliance partner, the American Brain Coalition (ABC), the meeting will take place on behalf of all who live with neurological and psychiatric disorders. ABC invites organizations that share their concerns and goals to join them in their educational, engagement and advocacy efforts. Registration is open to all who have interest.  

Simons Foundation Autism and Neuroscience SfN Social 

Monday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Anacostia Ballrooms D&E 

Sponsored by BRAIN Initiative Alliance partner, the Simons Foundation, all SfN attendees are welcome to join Simons investigators and scientific staff from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB), and Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (SCPAB) for an evening of socializing and updates

Neuroscience at Latin American and Hispanic Serving Institutions Social 

Monday, November 13, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Rooms 12/13/14 

NIH BRAIN Initiative Director Dr. John Ngai will be a guest at this social where attendees will have the opportunity to connect with members of the Latin American and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) neuroscience communities. All who seek to establish friendships and collaborations with colleagues at HSIs and Latin America are invited to join.  

Social Neuroscience Social 

Tuesday, November 14, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Rooms 10/11 

BRAIN investigator Dr. Zoe Donaldson from the University of Colorado Bolder will be a guest at the Social Neuroscience Social. This multidisciplinary event brings together investigators studying the neural basis of social cognition in different species and at different levels. Join for a brief panel discussion followed by an opportunity to connect with other researchers.  

The Confound Hour: Let’s Make Some Noise! Social 

Tuesday, November 14, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., Westin Downtown DC Hotel, Rooms 12/13/14 

BRAIN investigator Dr. Konrad Kording from the University of Pennsylvania is one of several guests at this event. Attendees will share their most beautiful confounds, artifacts, lab accidents, and disastrous mistakes. Come share tales of scientific woe to raucous cheers for a chance to win the 2023 “Stuck To It” Golden Duct Tape Award! 

For additional insights about the conference, check out a recent Director’s Message from Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

See you at Neuroscience 2023 in Washington, D.C.!  

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