About this Neuroscience Hub

This Neuroscience website is the central Hub in the Neuroscience Knowledge Network (NKN) of Hubs. Each NKN Hub aggregates the best knowledge about a neuroscience related topic.

Hubs are crowd-sourced and curated by researchers, educators, students, and other interested parties and shepherded by a Hub Manager.

NKN has been established by the Open Network Alliance.  Open Networks is a non-profit social enterprise incorporated in Pennsylvania. Open Networks provides support to Hub Managers including the creation and embedding of a Hub specific Twitter feed and YouTube channel.  For more information on Open Networks, being a member, and Hub features, go to this post.

Note: NKN is still in alpha development stage.  To learn more about The Open Network, go here.

Neuroscience Overview

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. Traditionally, neuroscience has been seen as a branch of biology.

It is currently an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with other fields such as chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, genetics, and allied disciplines including philosophy, physics, and psychology.

The term neurobiology is usually used interchangeably with the term neuroscience, although the former refers specifically to the biology of the nervous system, whereas the latter refers to the entire science of the nervous system.


NeuroMorpho.Org is a centrally curated inventory of digitally reconstructed neurons associated with peer-reviewed publications. It contains contributions from over 200 laboratories worldwide and is continuously updated.

NeuroMorpho.Org is the largest collection of publicly accessible 3D neuronal reconstructions. The goal of NeuroMorpho.Org is to provide dense coverage of available reconstruction data for the neuroscience community enabling the full and continuing research potential of existing digital reconstruction data.

Website: neuromorpho.org

  • Noah Hochberg Noah Hochberg

    Neuroscience Student, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
    Curator, Neuroscience Knowledge Network
    Research Investigator, NeuroLawrence Club at Lawrence University

    I am an undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience.  I discovered neuroscience in a freshman psychology course, and after completing a course entitled brain and behavior during sophomore year, I declared my major.  Currently, my interests in neuroscience include the eye and the ocular system, addiction and the opioid epidemic, neural recording and mapping, neuroanatomy and physiology, psychopharmacology, pain, movement, neurodegenerative disorders, mental health, etc.  The more I delve into my major, the more I will narrow down my interests.  I am working towards a position in graduate school after Lawrence to obtain either a masters or doctorate in neuroscience.

  • Elizabeth Marincola on open access

    What happens when science, money, and freedom of information collide?

    A free flow of information goes to the heart of science, says Elizabeth Marincola, but an arcane system has commoditized data instead. Can web-based, open-access publishing level advance knowledge — and turn a profit?

    Elizabeth Marincola is the CEO of the Public Library of Science, and the former President of the nonprofit membership organization Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and publisher of Science News, the award-winning magazine.

  • Brain view of walking fruit fly

    First peek into the brain of a freely walking fruit fly

    UC San Diego scientists demonstrate new method for monitoring neural activity during fundamental and complex social behaviors.

    Called “Flyception” by the researchers, the novel imaging system is described in Nature Methods.

    AAAS Eureka Alert from UCSD – May 17, 2016

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Overview

    Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also known as Alzheimer disease, or just Alzheimer’s, accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time.

    The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss). As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self care, and behavioral issues.

    Link to Alzheimer’s Hub

    Initial Overview based on Wikipedia entry Jan. 5, 2016.

  • qEEG in freely behaving people

    Principal Investigator: Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, University of Houston
    Title: Assaying neural individuality and variation in freely behaving people based on qEEG
    BRAIN Category: Individuality and Variation

    The goals of this research are to uncover neural signals associated with the passive and interactive perception/production of art and to assess the long-term stability of neural activity acquired via quantitative electroencephalography (or qEEG).

  • Implantable Brain MEMS-MAGSS

    Principal Investigator(s): Steven J. Schiff and Srinivas Tadigadapa
    Title: Implantable brain microelectromechanical magnetic sensing and stimulation (MEMS-MAGSS)
    Category: 2016 NIH Grant Large-Scale Recording and Modulation
    Project Number: 1R21EY026438-01
    Lab: Center for Neural Engineering
    University: Penn State Medical Center

    We seek to offer proof-of-concept testing and development of a novel class of MEMS-MAGSS technology.

  • Neuroscience Digest – Nov. 2016

    Featured News

    A ‘Locked-In’ Woman Can Now Use Her Thoughts to Communicate
    Allen Brain Observatory: Visualizing the brain in action
    Could light alleviate Alzheimer’s symptoms?
    Mind-wandering as spontaneous thought: a dynamic framework
    NIH Announces BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) Requests for Applications
    NIH BRAIN Initiative Announces 108 Awards in Fiscal Year 2016
    A human brain network derived from coma-causing brainstem lesions

  • BRAIN MCWG meeting 8.2.16

    This is open session of the fifth meeting of the NIH BRAIN Multi-council Working Group.

    The Multi-Council Working Group provides ongoing oversight of the long-term scientific vision of the BRAIN initiative, as endorsed by the ACD, in the context of the evolving neuroscience landscape. It also serves as a forum for initial “concept clearance,” the review of ideas for new initiatives before they become funding announcements. In addition, the working group ensures that each of the BRAIN IC Advisory Councils is informed about BRAIN Initiatives, awards and progress – a critical point as the individual IC Advisory Councils will perform the formal second level of review of BRAIN Initiative applications. Finally, the working group regularly offers an assessment of the progress of current projects and programs supported by the BRAIN Initiative.

  • Robin Hanson CN3 presentation

    Dr. Robin Hanson will give a presentation to the CN3 faculty and students on his new book …
    The Age of Em“Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth”

    Time: 11am   Date: September 27, 2016
    Place: 229 Krasnow
    George Mason University
    Fairfax, Va. 22030

    Broadcast details: This onAir broadcast will be streamed live from this post as well as the BHM You Tube here.

  • Krasnow Monday Seminar -10.31.16

    TITLE:  Challenges & successes in neuroscience data sharing
    SPEAKER:  Giorgio Ascoli (Krasnow Institute, George Mason University)

    DATE: Monday, 31 October, 2016
    TIME: 4:00-5:00pm
    LOCATION: Lecture Room (Room 229)
    Krasnow Institute Building
    George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

  • Shedding Light on Biology of Human Consciousness

    Study in human participants lends insight into one of neuroscience’s greatest puzzles: how the brain transforms unconscious information into conscious thought – The Brain’s ‘Aha!’ Moment

    Columbia scientists have identified the brain’s ‘aha!’ moment, that flash in time when you suddenly become aware of information, such as knowing the answer to a difficult question. Today’s findings in humans, combined with previous research, provide compelling evidence that this moment, this feeling of having decided pierces consciousness when information being collected by the brain reaches a critical level.

    The results of this study further suggest that this piercing of consciousness shares the same underlying brain mechanisms known to be involved in making far simpler decisions. Importantly, this study offers hope that the biological foundations of consciousness may well be within our grasp.

  • Retrieving memories from early Alzheimer’s

    In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, patients are often unable to remember recent experiences. However, a new study from MIT suggests that those memories are still stored in the brain — they just can’t be easily accessed.

    The MIT neuroscientists report in Nature that mice in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can form new memories just as well as normal mice but cannot recall them a few days later.

    “Memory retrieval by activating engram cells in mouse models of early Alzheimer’s disease”
    By Roy et al | Nature, 2016 Mar 24

  • Steven Schiff

    Director, Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
    Brush Chair Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics
    Professor, Neurosurgery
    Professor. Physics (Courtesy appointment)

    Categories: Penn State Neuroscience, NIH BRAIN Researchers, Neural Engineering, Neuroethics people, Neuromodulation researchers, Mason Neuroscience Alumni

    Research interests include neural engineering, neurosurgery, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, wave mechanics, brain machine interfaces, EEG, electrical fields, and control theory.

  • Ecker Lab – Salk

    Principal Investigator: Joseph R Ecker
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies

    Being able to study the epigenome in great detail and in its entirety will provide a better understanding of plant productivity and stress resistance, the dynamics of the human genome, stem cells’ capacity to self-renew and how epigenetic factors contribute to the development of tumors and disease. We are now exploring how DNA methylation effects the development of human embryonic stem (hES) cells as well as induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells as they are induced to differentiate into other types of cells.

  • Center for Neural Engineering – PSU

    The Penn State Center for Neural Engineering is a university-wide Center, bridging the campuses and Colleges of Engineering and Science at University Park, with the College of Medicine at Hershey. It is housed within facilities of the Department of Neurosurgery and theDepartment of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

    The Center has resident core faculty, with a considerable number of faculty Affiliates drawn from University Park and Hershey.The Center enables the successful conduct of interdisciplinary research and acquisition of funding for projects that individual Penn State scientists could not perform on their own.

  • Allen Institute

    Allen Institute’s mission is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Allen has been a major catalyst and facilitator of The BRAIN Initiative.

    Launched in 2003 with a seed contribution from founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute takes on large-scale initiatives designed to push brain research forward, enabling the global scientific community to more efficiently make discoveries that bring real-world utility.

  • BigNeuron

    BigNeuron: Building consensus among automated morphological reconstructions

    By Todd A. Gillette, Hanchuan Peng, Xiaoxiao Liu, Yinan Wan, Giorgio A. Ascoli

    A community effort to find out what is exactly the state-of-the-art of single neuron reconstruction, standardize the protocols, and establish a Big Data resource for neuroscience.

  • Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind – by Giorgio Ascoli

    The human brain is often described as the most complex object in the universe. Tens of billions of nerve cells-tiny tree-like structures—make up a massive network with enormous computational power.

    In this book, Giorgio Ascoli reveals another aspect of the human brain: the stunning beauty of its cellular form. Doing so, he makes a provocative claim about the mind-brain relationship.

  • BrainFacts.org

    BrainFacts.org is an authoritative source of information about the brain and nervous system for the public.

    The site is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, all leading global nonprofit organizations working to advance brain research. Leading neuroscientists from around the world form the BrainFacts.org editorial board.

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  • Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society

    The Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS) is a new multidisciplinary initiative based in the Stanford Law School that seeks to study how neuroscience affects society. SPINS was created with support from the Stanford Neuroscience Institute, directed by Professor Bill Newsome.

    The program is part of the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology. The program is directed by law professor Hank Greely, with Anthony Wagner, professor of psychology and neuroscience, serving as deputy director.

  • GMU Introductory Neuroethics Course

    This course will survey emerging ethical questions raised by recent neuroscientific discoveries on genetic and environmental factors that influence human behavior, decision-making, personality traits, and mental states.

    Instructor: Dr. Nadine Kabbani

    For information about Spring 2017 course, contact nkabbani@gmu.edu.

    For all current posts on this post, see this slider on the Neuroethics Hub

  • NSF

    NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences.

    NSF keeps the United States at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency also supports “high-risk, high pay-off” ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but which the public will take for granted tomorrow.

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