The lab of Karl Deisseroth at Stanford has developed a novel technique called Cortical Observation by Synchronous Multifocal Optical Sampling (COSMOS). This optical system allows researchers to simultaneously record the activity of cortical neurons…across the entire cortical surface! The technique and its application have been published in Neuron.

The authors have also created a website to help other researchers interested in building a COSMOS system. Way to go with cooperation and sharing of expertise!

The current pandemic and consequently quarantines and lockdowns are putting a strain on the mental wellness of millions of people. The DynaMORE study, based in Mainz, is collecting data about how people are reacting to the pandemic. You, your family and your friends can take part in the DynaCORE-C survey, which is available in severable languages.
For practical advice about how young researchers can cope with the lockdown situation, visit the website of the Leibniz PhD Network to watch and read excerpts of the webinar about mental health strategies during the COVID19 pandemic they organised.

How may of you recycle at home but don’t do anything (or do very little) in the lab?
This article on Mosaic Science lists several measures taken by scientists to reduce their impact on the environment. A “war to plastic waste”.

“How green is your lab?” is the question that Nature is asking to scientists all over the world. The scientific community in fact should not be working on climate change only by studying the speed of melting of glaciers or the increase of average temperatures around the globe, but also by taking action in their own labs. Hence this brief quiz that asks about everyday lab life and the choices researchers make, which encapsulates also useful information and tips to increase your lab’s sustainability. So, how green is your lab?

  • Advanced imaging techniques for cellular and systems neuroscience: registrations are open! This Cajal course is organized at the Bordeaux School of Neuroscience, France and will last 3 weeks (23 Mar – 10 Apr). It will feature lectures and hands-on projects with leading experts in developing imaging techniques for analysis of brain cells morphology and functions. Check out the course’s webpage for more information on the course and on the (very few) scholarships offered. Apply before 16 December 2019!
  • 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience: the biennial FENS conference will be held in Glasgow, UK on 11-15 July 2020. Don’t forget to register before the deadline for early birds on 18 February 2020!