INCF Newsletter with neuroinformatics community activities, new publications, and upcoming events
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Message from the Director

Welcome everyone to the first newsletter of 2016. As I write this we hear that INCF has been accepted again as a mentoring organisation in the Google Summer of Code program. Each year many neuroinformatics software projects mentor GSoC students under our umbrella. We are excited to be participating again. 

You are invited to Tokyo in May where we will welcome participants from across the INCF international network to the 14th Nodes workshop, hosted this time in Tokyo by the INCF Japan Node. The focus of the Nodes program is on developing international collaboration between INCF Nodes and it promises to be an inspiring and fruitful scientific event.

Preparations are underway for the 2016 Neuroinformatics Congress to be held in Reading, in September in collaboration with the INCF UK Node. An exciting program featuring themes of neuroimaging, computational neuroscience, brain disorders and normal development, has been developed by the Program Committee chaired by Prof. Alan Evans, McGill. The day after Congress, there is an opportunity to explore nearby sites of historic interest. Abstract submission is now open. Hope to see you there!

INCF Scientific Director, Sean Hill, stepped down from his position at the start of this year but continues to work with INCF in the role of Advisor. Thanks to Sean for all his work as an INCF Director! We look forward to continuing to benefit from his expertise in his new role. 

The INCF Secretariat wishes you a happy spring/autumn, depending where you are in the world!

INCF is rebuilding with community focus

After a decade of INCF activity, this spring marks the start of INCF's third phase with changes big and small, and our community in focus. The INCF Programs transition to a new agile and dynamic structure based on Strategic Action Areas (SAAs), with a new model of broad community engagement implemented via Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Soon the new INCF website will be unveiled, and later this spring we will provide a global platform for collaboration within and between interest groups and our wider community. Later this year it will be possible to apply for seed funding for projects with outcomes that benefit the neuroscience community.

Training and education is a strategic priority in INCF’s third phase. We are planning an online resource linking world-class neuroinformatics training content. Seed funding will be available to encourage content creation.

Welcome to Nodes Workshop in Japan!

This year's INCF Nodes workshop is organized together with our Japan Node. It is open to the wider scientific community, and will be held back-to-back with J-Node's yearly Advances in neuroinformatics meeting, AINI 2016, at RIKEN, on May 28-29.

The Nodes Workshop will be focused on networking, with a special session on Asian and Pacific neuroinformatics. Joint poster and demo sessions will be held on both days. Abstracts can be submitted until April 4.

More info & free registration:

INCF mentors Google Summer of Code

INCF is participating as a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code, a program where university students are paid to spend the summer developing code for open source projects. Do you know students with coding experience and an interest in tools for neuroscience? Direct them to our project ideas on Applications open March 14.

Join us in Reading for NI2016!

INCF is holding its 9th Neuroinformatics Congress in Reading, UK on September 3-4 September, in collaboration with the INCF UK Node. An exciting program featuring themes of neuroimaging, computational neuroscience, brain disorders and normal development, has been developed by the Program Committee chaired by Prof. Alan Evans, McGill. 

New for this year is the possibility to apply for a 20 minute investigator presentation. These presentations will be selected by the Program Committee from the submitted abstracts, with priority given to presentations within the meeting's eight subject tracks. Submission deadline is April 30. More info: 

The day after Congress, organized tours offer an opportunity to explore nearby sites of interest such as Windsor castle, home of the Queen’s family, or pre-historic Stonehenge where a subterranean ‘Superhenge’ was recently discovered. More info:

Work with us! 

INCF is looking to recruit a Scientific Funding Officer to help grow our activities, with experience from a scientific funding agency or university grants office. Read more

Deadline: April 15

Publications in brief

No more excuses: let's step up to data sharing, says this Science editorial commeting on the recent "Research parasite" debate.

The social life of data
Amusing but serious parallel between data and children. If you love your data, set it free, and watch what happens! says David Kennedy in this editiorial for Neuroinformatics.

Brain-wide mapping of axonal connections: workflow for automated detection and spatial analysis of labeling in microscopic sections
The authors present a workflow for efficient collection and analysis of tract-tracing datasets, with a focus on newly developed modules for image processing and assignment of anatomical location to tracing data.

Reconstructing the brain: from image stacks to neuron synthesis
This paper propose a novel extension of the BigNeuron workflow to generate an unlimited number of statistically equivalent, yet distinct, digital neuron morphologies, bringing automated processing of reconstructed cells into digital neurons to the wider neuroscience community, and enabling a range of morphologically accurate computational models.

Computational psychiatry as a bridge from neuroscience to clinical applications
This paper reviews recent advances in data-driven and theory-driven computational psychiatry approaches, with an emphasis on clinical applications. Part of a special issue on neuronal computation and theory.

NSF announces National Brain Observatories
In this 'Dear Colleague' Letter, NSF announced the intention to foster the development of a national research infrastructure for neuroscience (National Brain Observatory) to support collaborative and team science for achieving a comprehensive understanding of the brain.

The Development and Analysis of Integrated Neuroscience Data 
This Perspective describes the growth of multimodal approaches within neuroscience, and discusses what analysis advancements are needed to make sense of multimodal data.

A structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging dataset of brain tumour patients
This data paper describes a dataset of high resolution structural MRI data and fMRI data from 22 patients with different types of brain tumours. The data are available to others, and suited to test functional imaging methods for single subject analyses.

Genetic influences on schizophrenia and subcortical brain volumes: large-scale proof of concept
This study uses GWAS data for schizophrenia (33k cases + 43k controls) and 8 structural MRI brain measures (12k individuals) for a comprehensive set of analyses of common variant genetic sharing between schizophrenia and brain volumetric measures.

Adult mouse cortical cell taxonomy revealed by single cell transcriptomics
This paper identifies 49 distinct cell types in the mouse visual cortex in a detailed taxonomy, based on gene expression in single cells.

Requiring ORCID in Publication Workflows: Open Letter
Signatories to this open letter, including the editors for several big publishing houses, commit to start requiring ORCID iDs for authors during 2016.
Submit your paper to the new INCF Community Channel on F1000 Research!

Courses and Conferences

BCMC 2016
Columbia Workshop on Brain Circuits, Memory and Computation
March 18-19, 2016
New York, NY, USA

J-Node hackathon 2016
Joint development of software for managing neuroscience databases
April 9-11, 2016
Tokyo, Japan

38th International Symposium of the GRSNC
“The neuroscience of decision-making”
May 2-3, 2016
Montreal, Canada
Submission deadline is March 31, 2016 

State of the Brain
May 22-26, 2016
Alpbach, Austria

AINI 2016 & INCF Nodes WS
May 28-29, 2016
RIKEN, Wako, Japan
Submission deadline: April 4

Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (TENSS)
June 1-19, 2016
Pike Lake, Romania
Application deadline: March 20

PRNI 2016
6th International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging
June 22-24, 2016
Trento, Italy
Submission deadline: March 18

Brain Connectivity Workshop 2016
June 22-24, 2016
Marseille, France
Early registration deadline: March 20

OHBM 2016
June 26-30, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland
Early registration deadline: March 30

European Neuroscience Conference for Doctoral Students
June 29-July 1
Helsingør, Denmark
Late registration deadline: March 31 (few slots)

Joint EBBS-EMCCS Satellite
June 30-July 1
Copenhagen, Denmark

Cells, Circuits and Computation
Expanding the Horizons of Big Data Analysis
July 1
Copenhagen, Denmark

10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience
July 2-6, 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark

CNS 2016
July 2-7, 2016
Jeju Island, South Korea
Early registration deadline: April 29

Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience Summer School
July 9-27, 2016
Shanghai, China
Application deadline: March 15

CoSMo 2016
Sixth Annual Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience Summer School
July 31-August 14
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Application deadline: April 11

Cajal Course in Computational Neuroscience 2016
August 7-27, 2016
Lisbon, Portugal
Application deadline: March 28

Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course 2016
August 15 - September 5, 2016
Woods Hole, MA, USA
Application deadline: March 14

Neuroinformatics 2016
September 3-4, 2016
Reading, UK
Submission deadline: April 30

Hands-on neuroimaging & data science workshop
September 5-9, 2016
Seattle, US
Application deadline: April 18

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