Message from the Director
As I enter my 4th year as INCF’s Executive Director, I reflect upon developments within the organisation and the field, especially recent developments in INCF’s 3rd phase. The surge in positivity and commitment within our community this year, despite challenging times financially, has been an inspiration! The inaugural meeting of the new INCF Council for Training, Science and Infrastructure took place in September in Reading, UK, and was attended by all 17 INCF Nodes. The Nodes presented information about their science and infrastructural projects and it was hugely impressive to see the strength of this work across the INCF Network. Forthcoming meetings of the CTSI’s Infrastructure Committee and Training and Education Committee will further efforts in those areas.
The emerging mainstream impact of the field of neuroinformatics was evident at this year’s Neuroinformatics Congress in Reading. Reflecting on the evolution of the field over many years of Congress, attendees commented that it was now clear that neuroinformatics is having major impact in shaping developments in neuroscience. The updated format of this year’s Congress was well received; we welcome further inputs to help shape next year’s event in August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Together globally we are helping to ensure successes in neuroinformatics: a field whose time has come! We hope to see many of you at SfN – look out for us at booth 4112!
INCF invites applications for seed funding of collaborative brain research projects. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2016.
Seed funding grants should facilitate community work in collaborative brain research, promote the use of neuroinformatics solutions, and accelerate advances in understanding the brain and treating its illnesses. There are two types of funding available, project funding and travel grants.
Read more: incf.org/resources/funding-support
Thanks to all of the participants for being a part of our 9th INCF Congress on Neuroinformatics in Reading, UK, on September 3-4. Photos and videos from the meeting are now available, and some posters, too - don't forget to add yours!
New INCF Council for Training, Science and Infrastructure
The new INCF Council for Training, Science and Infrastructure (CTSI) held its inaugural meeting in Reading UK on September 5-6, directly after the INCF Neuroinformatics Congress. The CTSI is one of the governing bodies of INCF in its new organizational structure. It consists of scientific representatives from all countries in the INCF network, and has subcommittees responsible for Training & Education and for Infrastructure.
Read more: www.incf.org/about-us/council-for-training-science-and-infrastructure-ctsi
Meet INCF at SfN!
We will exhibit in booth #4112, with demos of community tools Sunday-Tuesday and Q&A about our new seed funding program on all days. This year we will be celebrating our 10th consecutive exhibition!
Two socials will be hosted on November 13 and 14.
Keep an eye out for our 'SfN edition' Newsletter (late October) for more details on INCF and neuroinformatics at SfN!
The EU CENTER-TBI project, which aims to improve diagnostics and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), is halfway through its data collection phase. There are now more than 3300 patients in the core cohort and over 14000 in the registry. Curation of the data has just begun, and will result in a rich dataset for analytics, to be used for improved prognostication, prediction biomarkers, and better healthcare pathways for TBI.
Building on the infrastructure of CENTER-TBI, a number of initiatives for broader TBI applications and more in-depth analysis are currently taking place. These include:
Read more: www.center-tbi.eu
- A project on integrating clinical features and biomarker assessment;
- A project on developing a new traumatic axonal injury classification scheme based on improved MR Imaging;
- A new international collaboration on neuroinflammation in TBI; and
- A large international study on genetic associations in neurotrauma.
Sony Faculty Innovation award
Up to $100K for a North America-based PI
Areas: comp neurosci, knowledge extraction, vision
BD2K ('Big Data to Knowledge') funding announcements
BRAIN Initiative calls
- Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of digital curation for biomedical big data: bit.ly/2dKElMN
- Community-based data and metadata standards efforts: bit.ly/2dKFmoa
Three inter-related BRAIN Initiative program announcements for FY17. It is expected that the standards developed will be used in the data archive and by the software.
INCF is aiming to coordinate proposals under these BRAIN Initiative calls. Let us know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute.
Courses and Conferences
IEEE Brain Hackathon
October 8-9, 2016
2016 International Conference on Brain Informatics & Health
October 13-16, 2016
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Brainhack: Anatomy edition
Registration deadline: October 16
SfN's 46th annual meeting
November 12-16, 2016
San Diego, USA
Early registration deadline: October 4
Workshop on the Neuroscience Gateway Portal
Using the Neuroscience Gateway Portal for parallel simulation
November 12, 2016
San Diego, USA
Registration deadline: October 28
Teaching Neuroscience with Big Data
November 14, 2016
San Diego, USA
There is no fee or preregistration
9th Australasian workshop on neuro-engineering and computational neuroscience
November 28-29, 2016
Early bird registration: October 3
Coordinated brain activity: foundations and applications
December 1-2, 2016
Abstract submission deadline: November 1st
IEEE Big Data 2016
2016 IEEE international conference on Big Data
December 5-8, 2016
Early bird registration: November 15
Big NLP 2016
Big data and neural language processing workshop hosted at IEEE Big Data 2016
December 5-8, 2016
Paper submission deadline: October 3
The thirtieth annual conference on neural information processing systems
December 5-10, 2016
Early registration deadline: October 6
Continual Learning and Deep Networks Workshop NIPS 2016
December 10, 2016
Abstract submission deadline: October 21
1st HBP Student Conference
Transdisciplinary research linking neuroscience, brain medicine and computer science.
February 8-10, 2017
Abstract submissions deadline: October 7
Registration deadline: January 23
Computation Neurology 2017
Bridging computer science, neuroscience, imaging, modelling and neurology.
February 20-21, 2017
Abstract submission deadline: October 31
Registration opens in November
The 32nd ACM SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing Marrakesh
April 3-7, 2017
Registration opens December 10, 2016
April 26-28, 2017
Submission of papers: November 19, 2016