One week left to apply INCF seed funding projects!!

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 in News & Events | No Comments »

One week left to apply INCF seed funding projects. Submit your application no later than November 30, 2016. Read below for more information on the grants.

“INCF* invites applications for seed funding of collaborative brain research projects. The deadline for submission is no later than November 30, 2016. Projects must be completed within 2017.

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.

Travel grants will be used to support collaborative work. One of the collaborators (traveller or host) must be based in one of the 17 INCF network countries. The proposed travel should support one or more of the following:
- exchange of information relevant to neuroinformatics between parties based in different countries
- progression of work relevant to neuroinformatics requiring the participant to travel to another location, usually another country, for collaboration
- participation in neuroinformatics training or education as a lecturer or participant (but not general attendance at scientific meetings)
Project funding supports projects that will deliver tools, data, research, education, training or community development, for example:
- driving forward delivery of a product that addresses a neuroscience use case
- enable a project to develop to the stage of attracting larger-scale external funding, for example initial consortium meetings or pilot data collection
- organisation and hosting of a scientific workshop
- development of training or educational content
The funding could facilitate, for example: initial consortia formation for the creation of a competitive funding proposal; work to demonstrate a proof of concept; tool development or integration; hosting of a workshop to explore and develop an area; or development of education and training content. The leader of a funded proposal must be based in one of the 17 countries in the INCF network.

All participants of a funded proposal must commit to sharing all reports, data, code, and training/education materials from the final project, subject to any limitations imposed by any subsequent funder. Projects must be completed within 2017.

More information and FAQ:

*INCF is an international organization launched in 2005, following a proposal from the Global Science Forum of the OECD to establish international coordination and collaborative informatics infrastructure for neuroscience. The INCF international network currently spans North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. INCF fosters the global digital interconnectivity of data, methods and people engaged in brain research to catalyze insights into brain function in health and disease.”

Neuronify the first neuroscience app on my phone

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 in Anita Bandrowski, Inside NIF | No Comments »

So I never ever put apps on my phone because they are a waste of space, also I have an old sad phone so a couple of apps just decimate up my memory.

This all changed at the 2016 SfN meeting last week when I talked to some lovely grad students from Norway, who showed me Neuronify. Ok I know what you are thinking, how can an app for something neuroscience-related actually be useful? I was certainly a skeptic, but no longer.

You have got to try it!

I am an electrophysiologist, by training, and always wondered why anyone in their right mind would ever simulate data. Isn’t that like making things up?
Then I started simulating data on some nice Cray supercomputers, because it was fun, but it is a little inconvenient to lug one of those to class or a dinner date.

Neuronify solves this problem, at least for relatively simple simulations, allowing students to quickly see how neurons behave in a network while doing what they do all day anyway, i.e., play with their phones.

I can’t say enough about how much fun I am having with my phone, now that I can simulate Tritonia swimming central pattern generator circuits, without having to find snails!

Neuronify RRID:SCR_014755

INCF Applications for Seed Funding! Project and Travel Grants available!

Posted on October 26th, 2016 in News & Events, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hello NIF/SciCrunch Community!

Our partners at INCF are inviting applications for “seed funding of collaborative brain research projects.” Please click the link for more details!


The NIF/SciCrunch team



Registration is now open for Brainhack Los Angeles

Posted on October 10th, 2016 in General information, News & Events | No Comments »

Hello SciCrunch/NIF Community!

Please read below for information on registering for Brainhack Los Angeles!

“Registration is now open for Brainhack Los Angeles – Big Data Tools for Connectomics (! This 3-day workshop will be held November 10-12 in Los Angeles, California just before the 2016 Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Annual Meeting. Brainhack events ( bring researchers from disparate backgrounds together to collaborate on problems in neuroscience. Brainhack Los Angeles is supported by and brings together the incredible expertise of two NIH BD2K Centers, ENIGMA [] and Big Data for Discovery Science []), and a NIH P41 Center, ReproNim: Center for Reproducible Neuroimaging Computation []). Email for more information.”


The SciCrunch/NIF team

eLife partnership with will lead to some serious waves in open scholarly annotation

Posted on September 20th, 2016 in General information, News & Events | No Comments »

Hello NIF/SciCrunch Community!

Been craving some good news for open annotation? Well this recent news press should cheer you up!

“eLife, a non-profit initiative inspired by research funders and led by scientists, is working with to bring publishers and researchers an open annotation platform for important online discussions.”

Click here for the full press release.


The NIF/SciCrunch (and team

Perfect storm to fix antibody problems?

Posted on September 9th, 2016 in Anita Bandrowski, General information, NIFarious Ideas | No Comments »

This article comes from the GBSI folks, reporting on antibody validation solutions:

Well, the prefect storm has converged, and a proposal for validation of antibodies continues the year-long effort by many in the research community to fix a widely-known problem in research and reproducibility – poorly characterized antibodies. This first of many efforts to come to a head is led by Mathias Uhlen and the ad-hoc International Working Group on Antibody Validation, and outlines five conceptual pillars for antibody validation to be used in an application-specific manner. Several of the co-authors will present their paper at HUPO 2016 later this month in Taipei. Additional efforts include the 2nd International Antibody Validation Meeting on September 15th in the UK, and one by GBSI that you may have heard about. An online community has emerged to help crowdsource potential standards and will continue to drive the conversation. Still not convinced this is a big deal? Thermo Fisher Scientific has pledged to verify the specificity of their antibodies in line with these new recommendations. Pair these and other activities with Cell’s STARMethods and the future is looking brighter for research reproducibility.

NSG Satellite Symposium at SFN Annual Meeting 2016, San Diego – November 12th, 9am-12pm

Posted on September 8th, 2016 in News & Events | No Comments »

Dear NIF/SciCrunch Community,

Please read the message below from NSG regarding their Satellite Symposium which will take place at SFN 2016!

Dear NSG user,

We will be hosting a Satellite Symposium as a part of the SFN Annual Meeting in San Diego this November. The date of the NSG symposium is November 12th, Saturday and it will be hosted from 9am till 12pm Pacific Time. If you are interested to attend please register (deadline Friday, October 28th, 2016). We would appreciate very much if you would let your colleagues know about the workshop.

Information about the workshop and how to register are available here:
Agenda of the workshop is available from here:

Brief overview of the workshop:

Using the Neuroscience Gateway Portal for Parallel Simulations
Satellite Symposium, Society for Neuroscience Annaul Meeting

9 AM – Noon on Saturday, November 12th, 2016
Location: downtown San Diego near the Convention Center where SFN Annual Meeting will take place

Brief agenda:

Introduction to NSG – Hands on Demo
Amit Majumdar, Subha Sivagnanam, Kenneth Yoshimoto San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD; Ted Carnevale, Yale School of Medicine

Using the NSG for community modeling with the Human Brain Project
M Migliore1, A Romani2, CA Rössert2, R Migliore1, CA Lupascu1, LL Bologna1, F. Franchina, S Saray3, J-D Courcol2, W Van Geit2, S Kali3, and E Muller2

1Institute of Biophysics, National Research Council, Palermo, Italy

2Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Geneva, Switzerland

3Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Optimization of multiscale brain models via parallel evolutionary algorithms on supercomputers
Salvador Dura-Bernal, Samuel A Neymotin, William W Lytton
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NY

Application of automated brain tissue segmentation in radiation oncology
Roshan Karunamuni, Nate S White, Carrie R McDonald, Vitali Moiseenko, Anders M Dale, Jona A Hattangadi-Gluth
Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences and the Center for Multimodal Imaging and Genetics (CMIG), UCSD

NeuroMorpho announces 10 years and 50K Neuron Reconstructions

Posted on September 6th, 2016 in Anita Bandrowski, Data Spotlight, News & Events | No Comments »

We are excited to announce that almost exactly 10 years after the original launch, NeuroMorpho.Org passed the milestone of 50,000 reconstructions in the September 1, 2016 release of Version 7.0.

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This major update includes 12,693 additional reconstructions from 35 new datasets. The new data added in these last 6 months equal the total amount accumulated in the first seven years.

This release also introduce several new functionalities, including
(1) bibliography documenting data re-use from nearly 500 citations;
(2) ontology-smart searches by species, brain regions, neuron types, and experimental conditions;
(3) DOI minting capability for each article-associated dataset; and
(4) API enabling object-oriented access to data and metadata.

The literature coverage database was also updated to include publications through August 2016. Please visit the What’s new page for details on the added data and other updates. We appreciate any and all feedback and comments.

We are continuously grateful to all the data contributors who freely share their hard-won tracings with the community.

The NeuroMorpho.Org team

A STAR is Born, Indeed

Posted on August 26th, 2016 in Anita Bandrowski, Data Spotlight, News & Events, NIFarious Ideas | No Comments »

News on the RRID front is encouraging!

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We have been very busy adding new journals over the last year. It is wonderful whenever we see a new journal with and RRID, especially when the instructions to authors are updated and you know that this is a serious effort from the editors.

More recently RRIDs are being type-set into journals by groups such as BMC, eLife (structured methods), Elsevier and Cell Press journals improving the syntax of the identifiers and allowing journals to link to databases from articles if they chose to do so.

However a step further has just been undertaken by an entire journal group. Cell Press has just restructured their methods section to make it “STAR: Structured Transparent Accessible Reporting”-compliant. This of course includes RRIDs!

The idea is that authors create a list of research resources in a table helping to keep track of all the “ingredients one needs to replicate the study” and echoes the NIH language of Rigor and Transparency. This will be a real boon for reproducible science!

Some papers using the new format are already out from Cell:

We LOVE structured methods!

Nice example for the new Authentication of Key Biological Resources document

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Anita Bandrowski, General information, News & Events | No Comments »

The UCSD libraries in collaboration with NIF have put together an example of an authentication document that you may work with for your next NIH grant.
This addresses the new announcements by NIH for better transparency and rigor:


The example document is here:

This example uses the RRID system to identify and some emerging standards from the HUPO group and ICLAC ( for an authentication rubric.