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Dec 20, 2011 Season's Greetings from the INCF Secretariat
Season's Greetings from the INCF Secretariat

We would like to wish you all happy holidays and best wishes for the new year! 

Dec 06, 2011 INCF Digital Atlasing highlighted in Current Biology
INCF Digital Atlasing highlighted in Current Biology

The journal Current Biology has just published a feature article on the rapidly growing importance of the rodent brain as a key neuroscience model system. The article prominently features the INCF Digital Atlasing program, including the Waxholm Space and the Digital Atlasing Infrastructure.

Read the article (free)

Nov 01, 2011 NI2011 Keynote lectures available
NI2011 Keynote lectures available

The five keynote lectures presented at Neuroinformatics 2011 are now available for online viewing on the INCF YouTube channel.

The lecturers and lectures are:

  • Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and UCSD, San Diego, USA
    Exploring the hippocampal microconnectome
    link to video
  • Ed Callaway, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, USA
    Rabies-based tools for elucidating neural circuits and linking connectivity to function
    link to video
  • Allan Jones, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, USA
    The Allen Brain Atlas: A suite of tools and data for exploring the mammalian CNS
    link to video
  • Kim "Avrama" Blackwell, George Mason University, Fairfax, USA
    Dynamical spatial models of signaling pathways underlying synaptic plasticity
    link to video
  • Shin Ishii, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
    Modeling and simulations of neuronal morphology
    link to video
Oct 20, 2011 RAST: Clever search for SfN 2011 abstracts
RAST: Clever search for SfN 2011 abstracts

For the third year running, the Japanese INCF Node has set out to facilitate the finding of interesting abstracts at SfN, with the "Related Abstract Search Tool" (RAST). The RAST allows you to search not only by providing keywords, but also by selecting one or multiple abstracts to search for its related abstracts. It also finds "hidden treasures"; abstracts that are related to but do not contain the keywords.

This year, the RAST is also available in beta version for mobile devices.

Oct 13, 2011 New Issue of INCF Newsletter - SfN edition
The fourth issue of the INCF Newsletter for 2011is now available
New Issue of INCF Newsletter - SfN edition

This issue is a special edition that highlights upcoming neuroinformatics exhibits and events at SfN 2011 in Washington on November 12-16. 

Highlights:

- a satellite workshop on November 12, 6:30-10:00 PM
  for those interested in improving and facilitating access to neurophysiological data (preregister via email to neuroshare@incf.org)
- a Walk-In Registration Clinic during November 15, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 
  for those interested in learning more about registering their data into Waxholm Space (info and time slot reservation)
- organized by our US Node: the official SfN Neuroinformatics & Genomics Social on November 13, 6:45-8:45 PM
  for everyone! 

We will also have a dual track demo program in our booth #3211 (TBA), and we will be co-located with other exhibitors into a bigger than ever "Neuroinformatics Isle". 

Download the INCF Newsletter

Oct 13, 2011 This autumn: Netherlands, Belgian and Indian Node neuroinformatics meetings
During the last quarter of the year 2011, three of the INCF Nodes are arranging neuroinformatics-themed meetings.

First out is the Netherlands Node, with a day-long symposium on October 14, held in Haag. The symposium will feature presentations from both computational and database-related fields in neuroinformatics (see program), as well as a panel discussion on the role of neuroinformatics in new initiatives such as E-science, EuroBioimaging and the Human Brain Project; and the best way to achieve a vibrant community.

Next, in the beginning of November, is the Indian Node with a three-day event in New Delhi. The first day (Nov. 1) is devoted to a meeting of the Indian Node members. The following two days (Nov. 2-3) take the form of an introductory workshop on neuroinformatics, with lectures on systems neuroscience, neuroimaging, systems biology and modeling. 

Last out on December 16 is the Belgian Node, with its first ever Belgian Node meeting on neuroinformatics -  a one-day workshop which aims to disseminate to the Belgian community the recent developments within neuroinformatics, and to provide the community with an opportunity to interact and network with international and local experts.

Sep 19, 2011 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
The third issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2011 is now available
New Issue of INCF Newsletter

This INCF Newsletter features:

  • First version of NineML released
  • Satellite workshop at EMBC 
  • INCF joins IBRO
  • Google Summer of Code update
  • News in Brief

 Download the INCF Newsletter

Aug 26, 2011 Neuroinformatics 2011 Abstract Book available
The NI2011 Abstract Book is now available as a pdf for download.
Neuroinformatics 2011 Abstract Book available

The Abstract Book for this year's Neuroinformatics Congress contains almost 200 abstracts: five keynotes, twelve workshop lectures, 35 demos, 130 posters and nine lectures from the INCF US Node Special Symposium. The pdf is available from the Neuroinformatics 2011 webpage (NB: file size about 8 MB).

Jun 22, 2011 INCF joins IBRO
From May 2011 onward, INCF is a member of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO).
INCF joins IBRO

The membership will further INCF’s mission to coordinate neuroinformatics research and infrastructure while broadening its involvement with the global neuroscience community and activities represented by IBRO. Incorporated in 1961, IBRO has grown to encompass 84 member societies in 61 countries, with a current membership of over 75,000 neuroscientists. At the time of its founding, no other global associations for neuroscience existed, and IBRO came to serve an important function as a builder of bridges between researchers in different countries.

Today, IBRO is well known for its efforts to foster neuroscience research and education. The organization's grants and fellowships facilitate travel and relocation for young researchers, especially from less well-funded countries. The IBRO education programme runs courses on various aspects of neuroscience all over the world, and has a particularly important role in Africa, Asia and South America. IBRO also has an official scientific publication, the biweekly journal Neuroscience.

The 50th anniversary of IBRO will be celebrated at its 8th World Congress in Florence, Italy, July 14-18, where INCF will be present as an exhibitor. Come meet us at booth 35!

Jun 15, 2011 7th IEEE Conference on e-Science
The Seventh IEEE e-Science Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee for Scalable Computing (TCSC), will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, between December 5th-8th, 2011.

IEEE eScience conference posterThe  IEEE e-Science conference serves as a forum to present the results of the latest research and product/tool developments within a wide range of scientific fields using computational approaches, and to highlight related activities from around the world. A large part of the conference program is devoted to workshops on subjects such as computing advances in life sciences, interoperability in scientific computing, and global research data infrastructure. Conference papers will be collected in proceedings to be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. 

Papers can be submitted until June 24, on the following conference themes:

1. Arts, Humanities and e-Social Science
2. Bioinformatics and Health
3. Physical Sciences and Engineering
4. Climate & Earth Sciences
5. Data Management and digital repositories
6. Research Tools, Workflow and systems, novel infrastructure
7. Education and e-Science practice

Read more on the Conference web page.

May 31, 2011 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
The second issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2011 is now available.
New Issue of INCF Newsletter

 This INCF Newsletter features:

  • INCF Nodes Workshop
  • INCF website redesign
  • Satellite Workshop before HBM
  • 2010 Annual Report available 
  • News in Brief

 Download the INCF Newsletter

May 25, 2011 Call to unify brain research
On the 50-year anniversary of the call to send a man to the moon, neuroscientists join in advocacy for brain research.
One Mind for Research logo

Half a century ago on May 25th, president John F. Kennedy challenged the US to send a man to the moon within the next decade. Fifty years later, top scientists gather together with a diverse group of representatives from government, industry, academia, philanthropy and patients' associations to encourage the same sort of effort targeted toward brain and mental health research, calling it a "moonshot for the brain".  

Former US Congress representative Patrick Kennedy has worked with a group of top neuroscientists to launch the initiative, called "One Mind for Research", which aims to improve funding and unify efforts in brain science. The initiative will coordinate academic, industry and advocacy resources, and raise public and private funding and awareness, to pursue a 10-year scientific roadmap to develop better therapies and cures for brain disorders.

 Visit the One Mind for Research webpage

May 10, 2011 INCF website redesign
We have just completed a major redesign of the INCF web portal.

Blue frontpage cutoutThe redesign includes a new look and feel as well as a reworked content structure, to make it easier to find the information you want. The front page is completely new, and we have also added new content such as the Newsroom section with the brand new INCF blog and a convenient overview of all RSS feeds associated with INCF. At the top of each page, the new global search feature quickly lets you find any software, resource, person or article you might be looking for.

As always, your feedback is very welcome!

Apr 29, 2011 Satellite Workshop on Neuroimaging Datasharing before HBM
INCF, in conjunction with the annual Human Brain Mapping (HBM) meeting, is organizing a satellite workshop on 25 June 2011, Quebec City.

Datasharing Program logoThe theme of this all-day event will be "Neuroimaging Data Access and Sharing".  The final program will be announced soon. Confirmed speakers include David Van Essen, Daniel Marcus,  Maryann Martone, David Maier, Sean Hill, Jack Van Horn, as well as the organizers -- Jean-Baptiste Poline, Russell Poldrack, and David Kennedy. Further info is available at datasharing.incf.org/ni/Workshop

All are welcome to join the workshop. Participation is free of charge but because space is limited, registration must be confirmed by emailing datasharing@incf.org.

Apr 28, 2011 Google Stipends awarded
On April 25, 2011, Google awarded two stipends to students working on projects related to INCF.
Google Stipends awarded

Yury Zaytsev, PhD student at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Freiburg, Germany, will work on a build platform and continuous integration infrastructure for improving accessibility and quality of neuroinformatics software. Dipanjan Mukherjee, undergraduate student of Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, will work on a Web Data Analysis Tool specifically tailored to deal with multi-channel time series data.

More on INCF's Google Summer of Code projects

Apr 20, 2011 2010 Annual Report now available
We are pleased to announce that INCF's 2010 Annual Report is available for download.
INCF Annual Report 2010

The latest Annual Report outlines INCF's many achievements during 2010, including the 3rd Neuroinformatics Congress and the development of several INCF Programs. The report also contains a highlight article on Digital Brain Atlasing, and features the winning image from the 2010 INCF Image Competition as a cover. 

Download the report

Apr 18, 2011 Satellite Workshop on Global Neuroinformatics before NI2011
The INCF will lead a workshop "Toward a global neuroinformatics infrastructure" at the EMBC 2011 congress in Boston, which is organized by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. The workshop will be held on September 3, the day prior to the opening of Neuroinformatics 2011. Reduced registration fees for this day will be available for those attending Neuroinformatics 2011.

Workshop description:

EMBC Meeting icon

Large-scale data-intensive integrative neuroscience projects are paving the way for a next generation international neuroinformatics infrastructure. This workshop will include presentations from the leaders of large neuroscience infrastructure projects from around the world. Such integrative infrastructures will enable new insights about the structure and function of the brain in health and disease.

- Sean Hill - "Building an informatics infrastructure for multiscale neuroscience data integration"
- Jan Bjaalie - "Spatial data integration - an infrastructure for data driven atlasing"
- David van Essen - "The Human Connectome - an infrastructure for brain connectivity analyses"
- Mitsuo Kawato - "Understanding the brain by building the brain: infrastructure for modeling the brain and manipulating the mind"

EMBC 2011 conference webpage

Apr 14, 2011 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
The first issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2011 is now available

Miniature INCF Newsletter Issue 1, 2011This INCF Newsletter features:

  • Science deals with the data deluge
  • Digital Atlasing Program work published in PLoS Computational Biology
  • INCF mentors Google Summer of Code

Download the INCF Newsletter

You may notice that the format is slightly shorter than you are used to - we have decided to publish a larger number of shorter Newsletters, in order to keep you better updated.

Apr 08, 2011 Travel Awards available for Neuroinformatics 2011
In an effort to facilitate Congress participation for young researchers, the local organizing committee of Neuroinformatics 2011 has secured support for a number of travel awards.
Neuroinformatics 2011 poster thumbnail

The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institute of Drug Abuse have provided funding (R13NS074833) to support young researcher travel attendance of the 2011 Neuroinformatics Congress. Eligible are all students and postdoctoral fellows, currently enrolled in an educational program, who have submitted an abstract to the Congress (deadline April 19).

Applications must be submitted latest May 3rd. For instructions, please visit the Congress webpage on travel awards

Apr 07, 2011 Digital Atlasing and Waxholm Space highlighted in Nature Methods
April issue of Nature Methods highlights the Digital Atlasing Program's recent paper in PLoS Computational Biology.

Cover of Nature Methods April 2011The latest issue of Nature Methods has a research highlight on the standardized brain atlas framework Waxholm Space (WHS) and its first prototype implementation, which integrates three major community resources as atlas hubs. The article was motivated by a recent paper, a perspective article highlighting the Waxholm Space and its supporting data integration framework, published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology (link) in February this year. 

For more information, see the INCF Digital Atlasing Program pages.

Mar 28, 2011 A message from the INCF Japan Node
The Director of the INCF National Node of Japan, Professor Shiro Usui sends a message to the INCF community:
A message from the INCF Japan Node

"We would like to offer our deepest condolences and pray for the loss of people by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in north east part of Japan (Tohoku) on March 11, and would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who has suffered from it.  We hope that they will restore their lives and recover from this tragedy as early as possible. [...] We Japanese are encouraged by the warm words and actions from all over the world. We are  uniting to demonstrate that we will not be brought to our knees by this disaster. We are very grateful for the encouraging mails and support programs offered from INCF and each country's node. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind and considerate words. " [please follow this link to read the full message.]

INCF encourages contributions to help Japan recover from this tragedy. 

Mar 21, 2011 INCF accepted as mentoring organization for GSoC 2011
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects.
INCF accepted as mentoring organization for GSoC 2011

For the first time, INCF is participating as a mentoring organization in Google's Summer of Code program this year. This allows students to join development projects related to INCF's core activities, INCF Programs and National Nodes while being payed by Google. The student application period starts March 28 and runs until April 8, 2011. Informal inquiries should be sent to

Several project ideas are outlined on the ideas page but students may also contact us with their own proposals.

Feb 11, 2011 Science deals with the data deluge: February 11 Special issue
Opportunities and challenges in organizing scientific data highlighted.
Science deals with the data deluge: February 11 Special issue

Today, Science and several of its sister journals published a joint special issue on managing the increasingly huge influx of research data, a common problem across many different research disciplines. The articles in the collection, which are provided free of charge to all readers, highlight the opportunities that can be realized  when this tsunami of scientific data is organized and can be accessed, as well as the challenges and barriers encountered along the way. For a neuroinformatics perspective, we particularly recommend the article on mining neuroscience data, written by Huda Akil, Maryann Martone and David Van Essen.

Feb 08, 2011 INCF Digital Atlasing Task Force publication in PLoS Computational Biology
Recent report represents significant progress towards an open and shared digital brain atlasing framework.
INCF Digital Atlasing Task Force publication in PLoS Computational Biology

A perspective article highlighting  the INCF Digital Atlasing Program has just been published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology (link), and is highlighted on the current homepage of the journal. This article marks a milestone for the INCF Digital Atlasing Program, describing the vision and key accomplishments of the Program to date and announces a new framework consisting of the Waxholm Space (WHS; named in honor of the group’s first meeting location) and a supporting web-based Digital Atlasing Infrastructure (DAI). Together they enable the integration of data from genetic, anatomical and functional imaging studies. 

A more detailed publication of this group’s recommendations can be found in their Report from autumn 2009. This foundation is being built on and expanded by the current INCF Digital Atlasing Task Forces. To find more details about these groups, standards and projects, and other recent activities see the Waxholm community pages at waxholm.incf.org.

View the general press news release or the scientific press news release

Jan 27, 2011 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
New Issue of INCF Newsletter

The fourth issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2010 is now available.

 This INCF Newsletter features:

  • INCF News
  • photos from SfN 2010 in San Diego
  • a short interview with Allen Institute for Brain Science's Lydia Ng

Download the INCF Newsletter

 

Jan 26, 2011 Job posting: Scientific applications software engineer
INCF is seeking an experienced software developer to develop software libraries, applications and tools to support neuroscience analysis, modeling and simulation research.

This position is based at the INCF Secretariat in Stockholm. We are interested both in experienced applicants as well as in recent graduates. Applicants should have a strong background in science and mathematics, as well as real experience developing quality software, either commercial or open source. More experienced applicants should also have demonstrated project management skills and the ability to lead a team of strong developers with highly technical backgrounds. The candidate should have experience with both static and dynamic programming languages, including C/C++ and Python, and in-depth understanding of the following: domain-specific languages, scientific computing, algorithm analysis and data structures, foreign function interfaces between high- and low-level languages (for example SWIG or Boost Python).

Applications should contain a cover letter and CV, and be sent to jobs@incf.org by March 4.

More information about this employment opportunity

Dec 21, 2010 Season's Greetings from the INCF Secretariat
We would like to convey our thanks for 2010, the year that soon is gone, and our best wishes to you all for the year to come!

Season's Greetings from the INCF Secretariat

 

Dec 03, 2010 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
The third issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2010 is now available.
New Issue of INCF Newsletter

 This INCF Newsletter features:

 

  • information on INCF activities at SfN 2010 in San Diego
  • photos from the Neuroinformatics 2010 Congress in Kobe
  • a short interview with INCF's new Executive Director, Sean Hill

Download the INCF Newsletter

Dec 02, 2010 INCF introduces the INCF YouTube channel
INCF's new YouTube channel will be continuously updated with new neuroinformatics related material from INCF activities.
Nov 02, 2010 INCF appoints new Executive Director from January 2011
The INCF Governing Board has appointed Dr. Sean Hill as the new Executive Director of INCF.
INCF appoints new Executive Director from January 2011

After a worldwide search initiated early this summer, the INCF Governing Board has appointed Dr. Sean Hill from the Brain Mind Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland as the next INCF Executive Director. He will assume the position starting January 2011. 

Dr. Hill has a distinguished background in neuroinformatics, in both Europe and the US. He has previously worked for The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California; for IBM at the T.J. Watson Research Center in New York; for the Zürich Research Laboratory, and since 2008 has been at the Brain Mind Institute, EPFL in Lausanne.

Nov 02, 2010 Live neuroinformatics demos at booth #4025 at SfN 2010
As usual, INCF will host demos of neuroinformatics tools and projects at our SfN exhibition booth.
Live neuroinformatics demos at booth #4025 at SfN 2010

The demo schedule for the INCF booth at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2010 is now finalized. We will be hosting live neuroinformatics demos in a dual-track program during all exhibit days. The last afternoon has an open session where anyone can give a spontaneous demo. View the full demo schedule here (pdf).

We will also be at the "Neuroinformatics & Genomics" Social, organized by the US INCF Node with a focus on INCF Task Force activities, and the "Neuroscience 2.0 - Networking data, tools and people " Social which INCF is co-sponsoring. See the demo schedule for details on these socials.

Tip: The INCF National Node of Japan has released its 2010 SfN version of the Related Abstract Search Tool (RAST), which allows users to search for abstracts using keywords, and to discover related abstracts based on the initial selection. The tool is available on the web, and also works for iPhone and iPad. Give it a try: use RAST to find neuroinformatics abstracts at SfN 2010!

Oct 28, 2010 Keynote speakers and workshop topics in place for NI2011
All five keynote speakers and four workshop topics are now decided for the 2011 Neuroinformatics Congress.
Keynote speakers and workshop topics in place for NI2011

When attendees of the 4th Neuroinformatics Congress meet in Boston in early September next year, they will hear keynote speakers Kim "Avrama" Blackwell, Ed Callaway, Shin Ishii, Allan Jones and Terry Sejnowski. They can also attend the following workshops:

  1. Network principles derived from analysis and databasing of cortical connectivity
  2. Connectome integration across modalities
  3. Advances in computational psychiatry
  4. Functional reconstruction of neural networks
More info can be found at the website for Neuroinformatics 2011.
Sep 07, 2010 INCF is now on Twitter!
Find us at twitter.com/INCForg
INCF is now on Twitter!

At the Neuroinformatics 2010 Congress in Kobe we took the opportunity to launch our new Twitter account. You can now keep yourself updated on our activities and discuss with us by following @INCForg (see twitter.com/INCForg)

Sep 07, 2010 New Issue of the INCF Newsletter
The second issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2010 is now available.
New Issue of the INCF Newsletter

This INCF Newsletter features:

  • information on INCF and INCF Node activities
  • photos from a number of INCF-related meetings and conferences during the summer of 2010
  • an interview with Dr Sharon Crook on the subject of reproducibility in modeling

Download the INCF Newsletter

Aug 31, 2010 Winners of the INCF Image Competition announced
Winners were announced during the Welcome Reception at Neuroinformatics 2010.

winners_newsflash

During the Welcome Reception at Neuroinformatics 2010 we announced the winners of the INCF Image Competition. Of the 31 submitted images, 6 were shortlisted for the INCF Olympus Prize and 5 for the INCF Frontiers Prize.

The winner of the INCF Olympus Prize was selected by the INCF Secretariat staff, who chose "The most complex machine" by Jenny Cunnane, Edinburgh, UK.

The Editors-in-Chief at Frontiers chose "Music and the brain" for the INCF Frontiers Prize. The image was submitted by Christian Gaser, Jena, Germany.

Congratulations!

See all the images here!

Details about the competition

Aug 19, 2010 South Korea joins the INCF
INCF welcomes South Korea as its 16th member country.
South Korea joins the INCF

INCF is pleased to announce that South Korea has joined the organization as of July 2010, becoming the 16th member country. The INCF National Node of South Korea (K-Node) is located at the Brain Science Research Center (BSRC) of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). The Chair and Coordinator of the K-Node is Dr. Soo-Young Lee, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the BSRC.

More information about the INCF National Node of South Korea.

Aug 18, 2010 Launching the new Career section!
The new Career section on the INCF Portal contains resources to help further your career in neuroinformatics.

The INCF Portal has undergone some restructuring this summer. We have combined all career-related resources into the Career section. It includes the Job Board, the Training section, Travel Grants and the new Funding section. The Career section will be continuously updated, and we welcome suggestions about opportunities that could be useful to researchers in the field of neuroinformatics.

Visit the new Career section.

Aug 06, 2010 New publication describes Waxholm Space atlas
A recent article in Neuroimage describes the data acquisition and creation of the Waxholm Space atlas for the mouse brain.

The INCF Program on Digital Atlasing is pleased to announce the publication of "Waxholm Space: An image-based reference for coordinating mouse brain research" in Neuroimage. The article, authored by G. Allan Johnson and colleagues, provides a detailed description of the work involved in creating the new atlas standard. Please see the full PubMed citation here.

Jul 19, 2010 INCF Image Competition - entry deadline is August 1st!
Send us your best images and graphics, for a chance to win ¥200,000 or to grace the cover of a Frontiers e-issuimage for startpagee!

The INCF Image Competition accepts photos and graphical artwork related to neuroinformatics, for a chance to win either the INCF Olympus Prize or the INCF Frontiers Prize. The aim of the competition is to show the scope and depth of the neuroinformatics field, and to highlight scientific and science-inspired art. Submit your image by August 1st to be in the competition!

For more details, see the Competition page.

Jul 09, 2010 Registration Open for Digital Atlasing Workshop
The INCF Program on Digital Atlasing will be holding an open Workshop immediately after Neuroinformatics 2010 in Kobe.
Registration Open for Digital Atlasing Workshop

The day-long Workshop will be held Sept. 2 at the Portopia Hotel and is open to everyone. Progress of the program towards interoperability between diverse atlasing efforts will be featured, including Waxholm Space (WHS) as a spatial standard for the mouse brain and INCF Digital Atlasing Infrastructure (DAI) which supports this interoperability. Highlights include demonstrations and hands-on activities with software tools, transformation services, standards development, and information about how others might take advantage of this framework. Limited spots are available. To register, please email DA-Workshop@incf.org.

Jul 02, 2010 INCF at FENS 2010, July 3-7, in Amsterdam
The INCF is present at the FENS 2010 conference in Amsterdam July 3-7, hosting live neuroinformatics demos in booth #624
INCF at FENS 2010, July 3-7, in Amsterdam

Leading neuroinformatics scientists have been invited to demonstrate databases, tools for analysis of neuroscience data, and environments for modeling and simulation of the nervous system, in INCF's booth #624 at the FENS exhibit in Hall 1.

Demos are offered in a single track schedule, with one demo in the morning (10:00-13:00) and one in the afternoon (14:00 - 17:00). The neuroinformatics community is also invited to drop by our booth anytime -  for a chat, to use our seating/mingling area for a quick meeting or to give feedback on the new functions and features in development for the INCF portal. See you in Amsterdam!

Full demo program with abstracts (pdf)

 

Jun 23, 2010 Early registration for Kobe Congress ends next week
Register by June 30 at the latest to get discounted fees for both our own Congress and for Neuro2010.
Early registration for Kobe Congress ends next week

The 3rd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics offers early registration discounts until the end of June. Until then, Congress registration also features a discount for attendees of the Neuro2010 meeting.

The single-track 2010 Congress program has four workshops, five high-profile keynote lectures and two dedicated 2.5 hour sessions for posters and demos. Attendees will also be treated to a welcome reception featuring Noh theater and the announcement of the INCF Image Competition winners.

More information is available at www.neuroinformatics2010.org

Jun 22, 2010 INCF Launches Search for Executive Director
The search for an Executive Director is now advertised in major scientific media, including Nature and Science.

The Executive Director should have a solid scientific and administrative background and be capable of developing and taking forward the INCF vision of neuroinformatics. Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills are required. The position is full-time. The salary level is subject to negotiation and is expected to be up to 20% above that of a full professor in Sweden. Review of applications will begin in late July.

More information about this opportunity.

Jun 22, 2010 INCF goes to CodeJam #4
INCF supports the 4th CodeJam meeting, and will also present the computing infrastructure developed as part of the Digital Atlasing Program.

The INCF is supporting the upcoming FACETS CodeJam #4 as well as sending Raphael Ritz, INCF's Scientific Officer, to the Workshop to present the infrastructure solutions used for the Waxholm Space transformation and translation services offered as part of the Digital Atlasing Program

The workshop will take place June 22-24 in Marseille, France. More information can be found at the CodeJam workshop website.

Jun 16, 2010 German INCF Node inaugural symposium
The German INCF Node in Munich will hold their inaugural symposium, titled “Neuroinformatics: Linking Brain Research from Physiology to Models”, on June 17.

The symposium will feature a number of talks by renowned international scientists, exploring how neuroinformatics can contribute to the progress in neuroscience. A number of subjects of interest ot the neuroinformatics community will be discussed, such as issues of analysis, data sharing, and interactions between experimental and computational approaches in neurophysiology.

More information and a list of speakers on the symposium webpage.

 

Jun 09, 2010 Job Posting: Systems Developer / Administrator
The INCF is looking to hire a talented Systems Developer / Systems Administrator who is interested in supporting development of new solutions, services, and tools for INCF activities.

This position is based at the INCF Secretariat at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. We offer an excellent opportunity to contribute to the global developments of the multidisciplinary research area of neuroinformatics, a stimulating international working environment, travel opportunities and a competitive salary. The successful candidate will work closely with our associated researchers, and therefore experience from research environments is an advantage.

More information about this employment opportunity.

Jun 01, 2010 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
The first issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2010 is now available.
New Issue of INCF Newsletter

This INCF Newsletter features:

  • information on INCF and INCF Node activities
  • photos from the UK Node's recent Neuroinformatics Congress
  • a short interview with two INCF National Node Coordinators; Finland's Dr. Marja-Leena Linne and Belgium's Dr. Yann Le Franc
Download the INCF Newsletter

 

May 10, 2010 INCF Governing Board Chair Prof. Sten Grillner elected as foreign associate in NAS
The National Academy of Sciences has announced the election of the Chair of the INCF Governing Board, Prof. Grillner, as one of its new foreign associates.
INCF Governing Board Chair Prof. Sten Grillner elected as foreign associate in NAS

Prof. Sten Grillner, Chair of the INCF Governing Board, has been elected as one of the 409 foreign associates in the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The National Academy of Sciences, established in 1863, is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. 

May 06, 2010 INCF launches Image Competition
Send us your best images and graphics, for a chance to win ¥200,000 or to grace the cover of a Frontiers e-issue!
INCF launches Image Competition

The INCF Image Competition accepts photos and graphical artwork related to neuroinformatics, for a chance to win either the INCF Olympus Prize or the INCF Frontiers Prize. The aim of the competition is to show the scope and depth of the neuroinformatics field, and to highlight scientific and science-inspired art.

- We hope to attract a broad variety of submissions, from researchers as well as artists, says INCF's Scientific Communications and PR Officer Malin Sandström.

For more details, see the competition webpage.

 

Apr 28, 2010 Join us at ISMRM in Stockholm
INCF will be exhibiting at this year's meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, May 2-6, 2010.

Please drop by Booth 163 if you will be attending the upcoming ISMRM meeting. We will be providing information about the Waxholm Space Atlas, this year's Congress in Kobe, the INCF Software Center, and news about an upcoming competition. See you there!

Apr 27, 2010 2009 Annual Report Now Available
We are pleased to announce that INCF's 2009 Annual Report is available for download.
2009 Annual Report Now Available

The latest report outlines INCF's many achievements during 2009, including the 2nd Neuroinformatics Congress and the development of several INCF Programs. The Annual Report also contains the outcome of the Review that took place during 2009. Click here to download the report.

Mar 30, 2010 INCF Publishes New Strategic Plan
The recently completed Strategic Plan outlines key actions and goals for INCF during 2011-2015.
INCF Publishes New Strategic Plan

The report focuses on eleven objectives that the INCF will strive to fulfill between 2011-2015, in order to further the development and visibility of neuroinformatics. Download the report here.

Mar 26, 2010 2nd INCF Nodes Workshop in Sigtuna, Sweden

Representatives of the 15 INCF National Nodes are meeting to discuss INCF Node interactions, achievements, and future developments. We will hear about INCF Node collaborations and get updated on major INCF initiatives, like the INCF scientific programs, Multi-simulation Coordinator (MUSIC) and Waxholm Space (WHS). For more information, please see the Nodes Workshop page.

Mar 25, 2010 The INCF Secretariat welcomes Helena Ledmyr as Scientific Administration Coordinator

Helena will coordinate INCF reports, grant applications and organize meetings of the Governing Board and other activities, and will also be involved in different outreach activities. Helena has a PhD in medicine/genetics, and worked for some years as a committee secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences before joining the INCF Secretariat.

Feb 17, 2010 Join us in Kobe at Neuroinformatics 2010
Abstract submission is now open!
Join us in Kobe at Neuroinformatics 2010

The 3rd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics is now accepting abstracts for posters and application demos. The single-track 2010 Congress program has four workshops, five high-profile keynote lectures and two dedicated 2.5 hour sessions for posters and demos. Congress registration is also open and features a discount for attendees of the Neuro2010 meeting that follows Neuroinformatics 2010.

More information is available at www.neuroinformatics2010.org

Dec 22, 2009 Happy Holidays from us at INCF
Happy Holidays from us at INCF

We wish you all happy holidays during the last days of 2009, and hope that your next year will be interesting and successful.

Dec 16, 2009 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
The fourth issue of the INCF Newsletter of 2009 is now available.
New Issue of INCF Newsletter

This INCF Newsletter features:

  • information on INCF and INCF Node activities
  • photos from the INCF booth at the SfN Neuroscience 2009 meeting in Chicago
  • the latest information on the upcoming INCF Neuroinformatics Congress
  • a short interview with Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski, Coordinator of the new Erasmus Mundus PhD progam in Neuroinformatics; "EuroSPIN"
Download the INCF Newsletter

 

Nov 11, 2009 INCF Promotes Further Development of Neurolex Site
This wiki-like resource will help standardize the terminology used to describe the parts of the brain.
INCF Promotes Further Development of Neurolex Site

The NeuroLex Project, developed by the Neuroscience Information Framework, currently provides a growing lexicon of more than 8000 neuroscience terms, and is freely available to everyone to use, edit, and add to. Neurolex plays a key role in the INCF Program on Neural Ontologies, and INCF support of this initiative includes hosting the testing and development server as well as interoperability efforts to link the site with, among others, theWaxholm Space Atlas and BrainInfo.

Oct 14, 2009 New issue of INCF Newsletter
The third INCF Newsletter of 2009 is now available.

This INCF Newsletter features:

  • information on a new Erasmus Mundus Ph.D. program "EuroSPIN" in Neuroinformatics
  • information on the INCF activities at the SfN Neuroscience 2009 meeting in Chicago, October 17-21
  • the winners of the Quantitative Single-Neuron Modeling Competition
  • a short interview with Ranu Jung, the outgoing OCNS president
Download the INCF Newsletter
Oct 08, 2009 Live Demos at "Neuroscience 2009", Chicago, October 18-21
INCF has invited leading scientists to present databases, tools for visualization and analysis of neuroscience data, and environments for modeling and simulation of nervous system functions.

Welcome to the INCF at booth #2100 in the Institutional Exhibit area.

We are hosting demonstrations from 14 different projects, with a two-session daily program. Morning sessions run from 9:30 to 12:30, and afternoon sessions from 13:30 to 16:30. At the booth you will also have the opportunity to meet with INCF representatives, as well as find INCF publications.

With the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), INCF is co-sponsoring the social event Neuroscience 2.0 - Networking data, tools, and people, to be held Monday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Lake Erie Room at the Chicago Hilton. Everyone is welcome!

View or download the complete program.

Oct 08, 2009 Enhancing Search Functionalities
The INCF National Node of Japan (J-Node) has developed a web-accessible tool, "Related Abstract Search Tool (RAST)", to facilitate retrieval of conference abstracts based on keyword searches.

The tool is being used for abstracts submitted to the upcoming annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, October 17-21, 2009.

Developed by the Lab of Neuroinformatics at RIKEN BSI, the tool is freely available to all users. For a live demonstration of this and other new tools, please visit INCF booth #2100 at Neuroscience 2009, Monday October 19, from 9:30-16:30, or explore it online right now. Using advanced techniques RAST goes beyond mere keyword matching thereby finding "hidden treasures".

Explore the "Related Abstract Search Tool"

Sep 15, 2009 Looking back at the 2009 Neuroinformatics Congress
The 2nd INCF Neuroinformatics Congress had 215 attendees, 96 posters and 24 demos.
Looking back at the 2009 Neuroinformatics Congress

The 2nd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics took place in Pilsen, Czech Republic, 6 – 8 September, 2009. In total, about 215 people visited the conference, where they viewed 96 posters and 24 demos. Six keynote speakers gave presentations on subjects ranging from brain-controlled robot arms to web-scale databases, and a further 15 workshop speakers discussed data handling, neuroscience ontologies, modeling, high-performance computing and brain connectivity analysis.

Photos will soon be available at www.neuroinformatics2009.org

Sep 15, 2009 INCF sponsoring the FACETS CodeJam #3
INCF is sending Michael Hines and Mikael Djurfeldt to the FACETS CodeJam #3 workshop, to work on a MUSIC interface for the NEURON simulator.

The INCF is sponsoring the upcoming FACETS CodeJam #3 by sending Michael Hines, lead developer of the NEURON simulation environment, and Mikael Djurfeldt, INCF’s Expert in Data Handling and developer of the MUSIC library, to the workshop. They will work on a MUSIC interface for the NEURON simulator.

The workshop will take place 7- 9 October in Freiburg, Germany. More information can be found at the CodeJam workshop website.

Sep 01, 2009 Digital Atlasing Task Force Report Released
The INCF Digital Atlasing Task Force has recently completed its report on atlasing standards in the rodent brain.
Digital Atlasing Task Force Report Released

The report includes recommendations for a new, standard space for the rodent brain, entitled Waxholm Space, which the Task Force has spent the last year developing. Tools and data related to Waxholm Space will be demonstrated at the upcoming INCF Congress. Download the report here.

Aug 14, 2009 2008 Annual Report Now Available
We are pleased to announce that INCF's 2008 Annual Report is available for download.
2008 Annual Report Now Available

The latest report outlines INCF's many achievements during 2008, including the 1st Neuroinformatics Congress, the launch and development of several Programs, and the release of the INCF Portal and Software Center. Click here to download the report.

Aug 13, 2009 New Open-Access Neuroscience Journals Thriving
After one year, Frontiers Journals have been visited by over 100 000 readers from more than 120 countries.
New Open-Access Neuroscience Journals Thriving

Frontiers' most frequently read journal is Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and the next two top performing journals among the total of 23 online journals are: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Please click here to read more.

Jul 14, 2009 New issue of INCF Newsletter
The second INCF Newsletter of 2009 is now available.

This INCF Newsletter features:

  • the latest news about the INCF Software Center
  • information on the special symposium on Neuroinformatics on July 22 at CNS*2009 in Berlin
  • information on the Single-Neuron Modeling Competition
  • results from the recent INCF Review
  • a short interview with Stuart Baker, co-investigator for the CARMEN project.
Download the INCF Newsletter
May 05, 2009 Registration Open for Neuroinformatics 2009
Early registration ends June 1.

Registration for the 2nd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics in Pilsen, Czech Republic is now open! This year we have introduced reduced registration fees for postdocs. The early registration deadline is now June 1. All individuals who submitted abstracts have been sent email confirmations regarding the status of their poster or demo. See you in Pilsen!

May 04, 2009 Job Posting: Expert in Data Handling in Neuroinfomatics
The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is recruiting a highly skilled expert in wide-area data handling to support INCF's usage of the computational and storage resources at PDC.

PDC is the leading Swedish supercomputing center hosted by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

The successful candidate will join PDC's support team and will work closely with INCF to establish a Nordic hub in INCF's global data network, linking it with other major sites to support INCF's efforts to foster worldwide federation and integration of neuroscience data.

More information about this employment opportunity.

Apr 20, 2009 INCF Software Center Enters New Collaboration with NITRC
INCF Software Center increases in scope with 150 tools added thanks to content sharing between sites.

The INCF Software Center and the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) are now sharing content. Software tools hosted by NITRC also appear at the INCF Software Center with a link pointing back to the original entry at NITRC. This will help developers wishing to promote their software tools, since entries registered once at NITRC will automatically be mirrored at the Software Center.

Mar 26, 2009 Single-Neuron Modeling Competition Announced
INCF is supporting the 2009 Quantitative Single-Neuron Modeling Competition.

The Quantitative Single-Neuron Modeling Competition is an opportunity to compare your methods and models to those of others in the field. The INCF Prize will be awarded to participant(s) with a significant win in at least 2 of the 4 challenges. Organized through the Brain Mind Institute at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), results will be announced at the INCF Congress of Neuroinformaticsin Pilsen, Czech Republic, September 6-8, 2009.

More information about the competition

Mar 10, 2009 New Issue of INCF Newsletter
The first INCF newsletter of 2009 is now available.

It includes information about recent INCF activities as well as this year's upcoming Congress in Pilsen, the Czech Republic.


Download your copy here

Mar 03, 2009 MUSIC 1.0 Released
INCF and the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (KTH CSC) have developed and released software that allows different large-scale neuron simulators to communicate concurrently. MUSIC (Multi-Simulation Coordinator) is a project of the INCF Program on Large-Scale Modeling of the Nervous System.

MUSIC provides a standardized application programming interface (API) on top of the message-passing interface (MPI) for communication among parallel applications during large-scale simulations of neural networks. The software enables massive data transfers of event information and continuous values from one parallel application to another, including those using different data allocation strategies. The standardized interface design allows easy adaptation of existing simulators and permits third-party development and community sharing of interoperable software tools for parallel processing. The developers, together with colleagues from the NEST and MOOSE simulator communities, demonstrated simulation interoperability via MUSIC at SfN 2008.

The INCF MUSIC software library and its documentation are publicly available at the INCF Software Center.

Feb 22, 2009 Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) Continues INCF Funding
INCF will receive a SEK 1.25 million grant for the next 2.5 years.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) has recently confirmed their continued support of INCF and will provide a grant of SEK 1.25 million for the next 2.5 years.

The SSF supports research in natural science, engineering and medicine that strengthens Sweden’s competitiveness. Currently, the Foundation funds approximately 20 strategic research centers and more than 200 research projects.

More information is available at the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

Feb 17, 2009 INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics Update
Abstract submission is now open!

The 2nd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics will take place in Pilsen, the Czech Republic, September 6 - 8, 2009.

The Congress is now accepting abstracts for poster presentations and computer demonstrations. The abstract submission deadline is April 17h. The congress will feature poster and demo sessions during the afternoon and evening of September 7th with snacks and drinks.

More information is available at www.neuroinformatics2009.org

Feb 16, 2009 INCF Welcomes New Director
Dr. Mark Ellisman, Professor of Neurosciences and Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), was recently appointed Director of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF).

Dr. Ellisman is recognized worldwide as an expert in the development and application of network and information technologies to advance the biological sciences.  His research has furthered investigation into the basic molecular and cellular mechanisms of the nervous system, and has developed new methods in microscopy and computational biology.

He will retain his Professorship and Laboratory at UCSD during his tenure as Director of INCF.

Read more about Dr. Ellisman

Feb 12, 2009 Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC) Featured in Behavioral and Brain Functions
Following the decision to extend the NPRC initiative for another year, an editorial promoting the NPRC was published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Functions (BBF).

The Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC) was conceived in the summer of 2007 at a meeting of editors and publishers of neuroscience journals. By the fall of 2007, more than a dozen major journals had signed onto the NPRC. It allows authors whose manuscript received supportive reviews at one journal but was not accepted to send a revised manuscript together with its first round of reviews to a new journal for the second round. The NPRC initiative expedited the review process and reduced the work for both reviewers and editors.

View the Editorial in Behavioral and Brain Functions

View the NPRC website

Nov 16, 2008 Welcome to the INCF Neuroinformatics Portal
The INCF has released the Neuroinformatics Portal to serve as an entry point for neuroinformatics resources.

The portal provides information about the organization, an index of relevant resources and opportunities for community interaction.

Your feedback is always welcome. We take pride in listening to the needs of our research community. If you have comments about our portal, recommendations to improve it, or new ideas, email us at info@incf.org.

The portal is demonstrated throughout the SfN meeting at the INCF booth #3226.

Download the complete program of the INCF booth [pdf]

Nov 13, 2008 INCF Workshop Report on "Needs for Training in Neuroinformatics"
The report from the INCF workshop on "Needs for Training in Neuroinformatics" is now available.

The workshop was organized by the INCF National Node of the UK. The scope of the workshop was to provide an overview of the current state of neuroinformatics training and recommendations for future provision of training. The report presents a summary of the workshop discussions and recommendations to the INCF.

Download the workshop report [pdf]

Nov 13, 2008 Enhancing Search Functionalities
The INCF National Node of Japan (J-Node) has developed a web-accessible tool, "Related Abstract Search", to facilitate retrieval of conference abstracts based on keyword searches.

The tool is being used for abstracts submitted to the upcoming annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which will take place in Washington DC, November 16 - 19, 2008.

Developed by the Lab of Neuroinformatics at RIKEN BSI, the tool is freely available to all users. For a live demonstration of this and other new tools, please visit INCF booth #3227 at Neuroscience 2008, Monday November 17, from 13:30-16:30.

Explore "Related Abstract Search"
Download the complete program of the INCF booth

Nov 10, 2008 Live Demos at "Neuroscience 2008", Washington DC, November 16 - 19
INCF has invited leading scientists to present databases, tools for visualization and analysis of neuroscience data, and environments for modeling and simulation of nervous system functions.

Welcome to the INCF booth in the Institutional Exhibit area, #3227.

We are hosting demonstrations from 15 different projects, in a two-session daily program. Morning sessions run from 9:30 to 12:30, and afternoon sessions from 13:30 to 16:30. At the booth you will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on the INCF Neuroinformatics Portal, and you will find INCF publications.

Download the complete program [pdf]
Download available abstracts [pdf]

Nov 04, 2008 New Program Officer at the INCF Secretariat
The INCF Secretariat welcomes Janis Breeze as Program Officer.

Janis Breeze will oversee the newly launched INCF Program on Ontologies for Neural Structures, support the development of new programs through their definition and start-up phase, and manage selected web services.

Janis received an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Columbia University and has an S.B. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from M.I.T. She worked as a Research Associate for several years at McLean Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance, in the Boston area, with particular experience in research project management and statistical analysis of large neuroimaging datasets.

 

Oct 03, 2008 INCF Neuroinformatics Congress: a New Venue for the Neuroinformatics Community
The 1st INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics was a big success, attracting nearly 300 participants.

The Neuroinformatics 2008 Congress took place on September 7-9, in Stockholm, Sweden. With a broad international outreach, the meeting brought together scientists from different fields, under the common denominator of neuroinformatics
challenges. The format of single-track meetings with keynote lectures, poster sessions, and interactive demos, provided opportunities for discussions and extensive interactions among participants. The feedback has been tremendously positive and INCF has already sensed a considerably amplified level of interest for the field of neuroinformatics and next year's Congress in Pilsen, the Czech Republic.

View videos of the keynote lectures

View Congress snapshots

Oct 01, 2008 2nd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics
The 2nd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics will take place in Pilsen, Czech Republic, September 6 - 8, 2009.

All information regarding the Neuroinformatics 2009 congress will be made available as it emerges through the congress web page:

www.neuroinformatics2009.org

Sep 19, 2008 INCF Launches Program on Ontologies of Neural Structures
The 1st INCF Workshop on Neuroanatomical Nomenclature and Taxonomy presented a clear basis for targeted INCF actions. Building on the report and further analyses, the INCF is now launching its third program: Program on Ontologies of Neural Structures (PONS).
Sep 05, 2008 The INCF Software Center
The INCF Software Center is now officially released. The INCF vision of the Software Center is that it will become a communication enabler for software users as well as developers. The Software Center will not only make relevant software discoverable for the neuroscience community but also provide services for developers and users.

The application was first made available and tested at the FENS meeting in Geneva, July 11 – 15, 2008. The development team has to date focused on implemention of basic functionality, to allow neuroscience software users to efficiently find, evaluate, and successfully make use of shared software tools. Features to be added include communication and collaboration functions, support services to allow software developers organize their software, track the use, and receive feedback for further improvement and development.

The INCF Software Center is the first component of the INCF Neuroinformatics Portal, to be released in November 2008.

 

The INCF Software Center
Aug 29, 2008 INCF Travel Grants
The INCF Travel Grants will make resources available to researchers, primarily young scientists, engineers, and technologists, for study visits of relevance for INCF Programs.

Everyone is eligible to apply for an INCF Travel Grant. But priority will be given to applicants from the INCF member countries, and in particular to researchers and developers who are active in their INCF National Node. Applications are accepted continuously.

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Aug 29, 2008 INCF Provides Access to a Blue Gene Supercomputer for the Neuroinformatics Community
INCF owns a share of a BlueGene/L (BG/L) supercomputer which is located at the Parallel Computer Center (PDC) at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. This resource is now made available for usage through the INCF Secretariat.

Large-scale computing projects will be selected based on the suitability of the project for supercomputers.

 

Read More...

 

Jul 09, 2008 INCF at FENS FORUM 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
The INCF is participating at the FENS FORUM, July 13-16, 2008, presenting the INCF Software Center, hosting neuroinformatics live demos, and organizing a Social Event.

Leading scientists have been invited to demonstrate databases, tools for analysis of neuroscience data, and environments for modeling and simulation of the nervous system. The INCF Software Center, the first component of the INCF Neuroinformatics Portal, will be demonstrated throughout the meeting at the INCF booth and presented also at the poster session on Tuesday July 15 (161.4. Poster board G4).

The INCF Neuroinformatics Social Event will take place on Tuesday, July 15 (18:30 - 20:30, Room Cervin, Palexpo Conference Center). It will include a discussion on "What is the role of neuroinformatics in neuroscience?" with Alain Berthoz, Michael Hines, Colin Ingram, Wolf Singer, and Rodney Douglas, and a live demonstration with robots presented by Alessandro Crespi and Auke Jan Ijspeert.


Download the full program [pdf]

Last minute update: The NetMorph demonstration had to be moved to Tuesday afternoon (parallel to the NEURON demo). FIND took its place on Monday morning and for Sunday afternoon we now have the Brain Architecture Management System (BAMS) presented by Mihail Bota and Larry W Swanson (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA).

Neuroinformatics Social Event [pdf]

Jul 08, 2008 INCF Newletters
The INCF announces the launch of its newsletter series.

As a major vehicle of communication within the INCF global network of national nodes as well as to the neuroscience and neuroinformatics community in general, the INCF Newsletter publishes the latest developments and activities of INCF and related neuroinformatics initiatives. Regular contributions and updates from INCF National Nodes will be another feature of the series.

 

Download the INCF July/August Newsletter [pdf]

Jul 08, 2008 INCF Strategy Overview
The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility officially releases its Strategy Overview 2008-2010 to set the long-term strategic goals for the organization to become a major international resource. The document also describes concrete measurable objectives for the next three years.
Jul 08, 2008 Executive Director Leaves INCF Secretariat January 2009
Message from the INCF Governing Board: The board is profoundly impressed by the way in which Jan Bjaalie has successfully built up the operations of the INCF since the beginning in 2006. Jan Bjaalie has informed the board that he will leave his position in January 2009 to pursue new challenges as Head of the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Oslo. The search for a successor has been initiated by the INCF Search Committee and the position is now advertised in major scientific media, including Nature and Science.

Professor Jan Bjaalie took up the position as INCF Executive Director in  September 2006 and has been in charge of the establishment of the new Secretariat at Karolinska Institutet. He will continue in a full time position as Executive Director throughout 2008 and continue to be a consultant for the INCF in 2009. ­

“It is not an easy decision to leave this unique position with its many interesting opportunities for the future development of neuroinformatics and a promising momentum created together with our global network. But the new organization is now stable and productive and I feel confident in passing the torch on”  says Jan Bjaalie.

Sten Grillner, Chair of the Governing Board

 

Information about the INCF Executive Director position

 

 

 

Jul 08, 2008 INCF Annual Report 2007
The INCF publishes its annual report for 2007.
Jul 08, 2008 New INCF Graphical Profile
In keeping with the transition from build-up phase to full operation, the INCF will introduce a new and more comprehensive graphical profile for web and printed material during 2008.

Printed material distributed from July 2008 will have the new format. On the web, the new format will occur first in the new INCF Software Center, to be released in July. The main web site will be redesigned during the fall.

Jun 16, 2008 INCF Workshop Report on Sustainability of Neuroscience Databases
The report from the INCF workshop on Sustainability of Neuroscience Databases is now available.

The goal of the workshop was to discuss issues related to the sustainability of neuroscience databases, identify problems and propose solutions, and formulate recommendations to the INCF. The report summarizes the discussions of invited participants from the neuroinformatics community as well as from other disciplines where sustainability issues have already been approached. The recommendations for the INCF involve rating, ranking, and supporting database sustainability.

 

Download report [pdf]

This report is open for public comment through July 31, 2008: viewpoints@incf.org

Apr 28, 2008 INCF Launches Program on Digital Brain Atlasing
Building on the recommendations from the 1st INCF Workshop on Mouse and Rat Brain Digital Atlasing Systems, the INCF has initiated actions in this area of neuroinformatics under a new Program.
Apr 25, 2008 INCF MUSIC Project: Request for Comments
The INCF has engaged in the development of software that allows large scale neuron simulators to communicate during runtime. An RFC - Request For Comments - document is now available and open for comments on the proposed design and prototype specifications. MUSIC (Multi-Simulation Coordinator) is a project under the INCF Program on Large-Scale Modeling of the Nervous System.


The aim of the INCF MUSIC project is to provide a standardized software interface (an API) on top of the message passing interface (MPI) for communication between parallel applications for large-scale simulation of neural networks. It enables the transfer of massive amounts of event information and continuous values from one parallel application to another, including applications that use different data allocation strategies. In the design of the standard interface, care has also been taken to facilitate easy adaptation of existing simulators and enable straight-forward independent third-party development and community sharing of reusable and interoperable software tools for parallel processing.

The INCF MUSIC library is scheduled for release in November 2008.

 

Apr 25, 2008 INCF Launches Program on Large-Scale Modeling of the Nervous System
INCF is currently launching a series of programs, each composed of activities supporting infrastructure development and maintenance within a specific area of neuroinformatics. The first program introduced deals with Large-Scale Modeling and builds on the recommendations provided in the report from the 1st INCF Workshop on Large-Scale Modeling of the Nervous System.
Apr 07, 2008 INCF Workshop Report on Neuroanatomical Nomenclature and Taxonomy
The report from the INCF workshop on Neuroanatomical Nomenclature and Taxonomy Nomenclature is now available.

The report discusses the problems arising from the use of different parcellation schemes and use of different terminologies and highlights the need of a universal vocabulary for describing the structural organization of the nervous system. Workshop participants encourage the creation of an International Coordinating Committee for Neuroanatomical Nomenclature and propose short- and long-term goals for such a committee.

Download report [pdf]

This report is open for public comment through May 31, 2008: viewpoints@incf.org

Apr 07, 2008 INCF Workshop Report on Global Portal Services for Neuroscience
The report from the INCF workshop on Global Portal Services for Neuroscience is now available.

 

The report provides an overview of existing portal services in the field of Neuroscience, proposes guidelines for portal coordination and development, and provides recommendations on specific roles of the INCF in coordination and support.

Download report [pdf]

This report is open for public comment through May 31, 2008: viewpoints@incf.org

Apr 04, 2008 INCF Workshop Report on NeuroImaging Database Integration
The report from the INCF workshop on NeuroImaging Database Integration is now available.

 

The report provides an overview of existing neuroimaging databases that were discussed during the worksho and examines the feasibility of database federations. The report includes several recommendations for future developments.

 

Download report [pdf]

This report is open for public comments: viewpoints@incf.org

Apr 03, 2008 NPRC Announces Increased Journal Participation
On behalf of the NPRC, the INCF welcomes its latest member, Nature Neuroscience.

 

The INCF announces further advances in neuroscience publishing, with wide adoption of the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC) initiative. The NPRC is an alliance of neuroscience journals that have agreed to accept manuscript reviews from other members of the Consortium to accelerate publication of research articles. Currently, 27 journals have joined the NPRC for a one-year trial period.

 

Press Release [pdf]

More information about the NPRC: http://nprc.incf.org

Full story about the NPRC

Mar 17, 2008 INCF Allen Brain Atlas Mirror
The INCF Secretariat operates the European mirror server for the Allen Brain Atlas, the leading rodent brain digital atlas, developed and provided by the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
INCF Allen Brain Atlas Mirror

The Allen Brain Atlas is a web-based genome-wide map of gene expression throughout the mouse brain. Through the partnership agreement, the INCF is operating a mirror, or direct copy, of the atlas from its Secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden. The INCF will ensure the sustainability and technical maintenance of the mirror site, as well as optimal Internet connectivity, in order to guarantee the highest possible service performance and quality in Europe.

 

Read more... 

Press Release [pdf]

Feb 25, 2008 INCF@The House of Sweden
Understanding the Brain Through Neuroinformatics -March 7, 2008, House of Sweden, Washington, DC

Under the theme of Innovation and Technology, the House of Sweden in Washington DC, is organizing a special event on March 7 focusing on Neuroinformatics. Leading scientists from Sweden and the U.S. have been invited to discuss the possibilities provided by Neuroinformatics. In addition, the mission and contributions of the INCF will be presented.

The event is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the INCF.

 

View full program [pdf]

Jan 15, 2008 New Journal: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
A new specialty journal, Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, has recently been launched by the open-access Frontiers Journal series supported by the Frontiers Research Foundation.

The journal receives submissions from all areas of neuroinformatics and aims to catalyze advances, support novel methods for organization of data and tool sharing, and facilitate use of tools that will support neuroscience in the information age.

Frontiers in Neuroinformatics is part of a tier system, a novel invention in science publishing in which articles considered exceptionally socially relevant and scientifically excellent are selected from various first-tier specialty journals, rewritten to appeal to a greater audience and published in the second-tier journal, Frontiers in Neuroscience.

 

Frontiers in Neuroinformatics homepage

Dec 06, 2007 INCF at the SfN 2007 Meeting [article available]
The INCF participated for the second time in the Society for Neuroscience 2007 annual meeting.
Dec 06, 2007 NPRC: Revolutionizing the Publishing Industry [article available]
The newly-founded Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC) is an alliance of neuroscience journals that have agreed to accept manuscript reviews from other members of the Consortium.

Under this arrangement, reviews for a manuscript that is not accepted by one Consortium journal can be forwarded to a different Consortium journal. The NPRC aims to expedite the peer review of original research in neuroscience by reducing the burden on reviewers, while maintaining the rigor of the peer review process.
The impetus for the consortium came from one of the working groups of the PubMed Plus Conference, organized by the Society for Neuroscience and sponsored by the INCF, in June 2007. The INCF was chosen as a neutral venue to host the consortium website and provide administrative assistance.

The Consortium will become operational in January 2008. Visit the NPRC website at http://nprc.incf.org to read more details for authors, editors, reviewers and publishers.

 

NPRC flyer [pdf]

Full story article

Oct 29, 2007 Live Demos at "Neuroscience 2007", San Diego, California, November 3 – 7
The INCF has invited leading scientists to present databases, tools for visualization and analysis of neuroscience data, and environments for modeling and simulation of nervous system functions.

The projects demonstrated are supported by national and international funding agencies, as listed in the abstracts.

Welcome to the INCF booth in the Institutional Exhibit area, booth no. 4924.

Sunday, November 4th

Morning session (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

  • Analyze locally - Infer globally: Tools for Integration of Multiscale Imaging Data | S Larson, B Bug, I Zaslavsky, A Gupta, WW Wong, ME Martone [PDF]

  • Genetic Control of Gene Expression in Hippocampus, Striatum, Cerebellum, and Eye | RW Williams, L Lu, GD Rosen, G Kempermann, and members of Brain Gene Expression Consortia [PDF]

Afternoon session (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

  • Japanese Neuroinformatics Node and Platforms I: the Neuron-Glia, Neuroimaging, and Common Tools Platforms | S Usui, Y Okumura, and members from the individual platforms [PDF]

  • SenseLab: recent advances in supporting cellular and circuit research in the brain | GM Shepherd [PDF]

Monday, November 5th

Morning session (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

  • Interactive Neuronal Network Modeling with NEST 2 | M Diesmann, M-O Gewaltig, A Morrison, HE Plesserv [PDF]

  • Simulator-independent neuronal network modeling with PyNN | A Davison, P Yger [PDF]

Afternoon session (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

  • CARMEN: Code Analysis, Repository and Modelling for e-Neuroscience | F Gibson, C Ingram, M Jessop, A Knowles, P Lord, L Smith [PDF]

  • Japanese Neuroinformatics Node and Platforms II: the Integrative Brain Research, Cerebellar, Cerebellar Development Transcriptome, and Brain Machine Interface Platforms | S Usui, Y Okumura, and members from the individual platforms [PDF]

Tuesday November 6th

Morning session (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

  • Combining optical imaging, electrophysiology and magnetic resonance imaging: A new integrated experimental strategy to unravel the BOLD signal formation | M Sibila, MA Gaudnek, K Obermayer, A Hess [PDF]

  • The Allen Brain Atlas and Beyond: Atlasing Gene Expression in the Brain | A Bernard, K Overly, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science [PDF]

Afternoon session (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

  • BAMS: a mature workbench for neurobiological data and metadata | M Bota, LW Swanson [PDF]

  • Large scale 3D neural network simulations in a parallel computing environment with neuroConstruct | P Gleeson, V Steuber, RA Silver [PDF]

Wednesday November 7th

Morning session (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

  • The BrainInfo Portal and Atlas | DM Bowden, M Dubach [PDF]

Open Forum (all day)

Oct 19, 2007 INCF Deputy Executive Director
The INCF Secretariat welcomes Dr. Hui Wang as Deputy Executive Director of the INCF.

Dr. Hui Wang, previously working in an editorial director position at Wiley, will strenghten the management function at the Secretariat, drawing from his solid and extensive experience from academia as well as the scientific publishing industry. He will also be responsible for the management of selected INCF program areas.

Oct 15, 2007 INCF Workshop Report on Mouse and Rat Digital Brain Atlasing Systems
The report of the INCF workshop on Mouse and Rat Brain Atlasing Systems is now available.

The report provides:

  1. a survey of the current status of digital rodent atlases,

  2. a review of the status of current projects and needs for further developments, and

  3. recommendations on how the INCF can support the community directly or contribute to the implementation of large collaborative projects.

The report also points out potential international collaborations fostered by the workshop.

 

Download report [PDF].

 

Aug 20, 2007 1st INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics: Databasing and Modeling the Brain
The INCF will be organizing a neuroinformatics congress in Stockholm, September 7-9, 2008.

The Chair of the scientific committee is Professor Rodney Douglas. More information available at www.neuroinformatics2008.org.

Aug 15, 2007 Program Officer at the INCF Secretariat
The INCF Secretariat welcomes Pontus Holm as Program Officer.

Together with other staff at the Secretariat, he will be responsible for the coordination of INCF program activities, resulting from the recommendations provided by the INCF workshop series. In addition, he will be responsible for specific projects run by the INCF Secretariat.

Aug 15, 2007 Poland - New Member of the INCF
Poland has decided to become member of the INCF from August 2007.

The decision was made by the The Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Polish participation in the INCF is administered through The Nencki Institute, on behalf of a Polish neuroinformatics network.

Aug 15, 2007 INCF Scientific Information and Public Relations Officer
The INCF Secretariat welcomes Elli Chatzopoulou as Scientific Information and Public Relations Officer.

Dr. Chatzopoulou will manage the information and PR activities of the INCF. She will also be responsible for communication with INCF National Nodes concerning the promotion of their activities and integration in the overall INCF activities.

Jul 09, 2007 INCF Annual Report 2006
The Annual Report for 2006 is now available.

The report outlines the activities over the 4 months of operations in 2006 and provides an overview of the near-future activities of the INCF.

Download report [PDF]
Jun 29, 2007 Society for Neuroscience Focus on Neuroinformatics

"Neuroinformatics is an emerging field that tackles the unique challenges posed by neuroscience data", says David Van Essen, President of the Society for Neuroscience, the worlds largest organization of neuroscientists. The announcement is discussed in the Spring 2007 issue of Neuroscience Quarterly, the Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience.

 

Link to SfN newsletter

May 16, 2007 Society for Neuroscience Focus on Neuroinformatics
"Neuroinformatics is an emerging field that tackles the unique challenges posed by neuroscience data", says David Van Essen, President of the Society for Neuroscience, the worlds largest organization of neuroscientists.

The announcement is discussed in the Spring 2007 issue of Neuroscience Quarterly, the Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Link to SfN Newsletter

May 16, 2007 Portal Development Team at the INCF Secretariat
The INCF is pleased to welcome our new System Developers, Anders Larsson and Per Erik Strandberg.
Together with the recently employed Usability and Requirements analyst, they will deliver technical developments for the upcoming INCF Portal and Systems Integrations program.
Apr 18, 2007 UK to Join the INCF
The United Kingdom has decided to join the INCF from August 1, 2007.
The decision was made by the Neuroscience and Mental Health Board of the MRC.
Apr 18, 2007 New Member of INCF Secretariat Systems Development Team
The INCF is pleased to welcome our new Usability and Requirements Analyst Ylva Lillberg to the systems development team at the Secretariat in Stockholm...
Mrs. Lillberg will play a key role in strategic development efforts such as the INCF Portal project and the Systems Integrations program, working for ensuring quality and suitability for purpose from the user’s perspective in the development and offering of professional services to the neuroscientific community. Ylva Lillberg enters the first of three development team positions that the INCF is currently recruiting.
Apr 04, 2007 INCF Workshop Report on Large-Scale Modeling
The first report in a series of INCF workshop reports is now available.

The report provides 1) a survey of the current status of large-scale modeling in neuroscience and the scientific needs in the field, 2) a review of the status of current tools for large-scale modeling and needs for further developments, and 3) recommendations on how the INCF can support the community directly or contribute to organizational changes and scientific infrastructure. The INCF will introduce Program areas, one of which will be on large-scale modeling.

Download report [PDF]

Feb 20, 2007 Inauguration of INCF Secretariat
The new Secretariat was inaugurated on February 15, 2007.
Inauguration of INCF Secretariat

An Inauguration ceremony took place in Nobel Forum at Karolinska Institutet, with the Swedish Minister of Science and Education, the Executive Secretary of the OECD Global Science Forum, and the Presidents of the host institutions (Karolinska Institutet and The Royal Institute of Technology), and Ambassadors and representatives of the member countries. The ceremony was followed by a reception in the new Secretariat building and a scientific symposium.

Speech of the Swedish Minister of Science and Education

Feb 05, 2007 The Netherlands - New Member of the INCF
The Netherlands have decided to become member of the INCF.
The decision to join the INCF was made by the Netherlands Organisation for Health R&D.
Jan 24, 2007 INCF Neuroinformatics Symposium February 15, 2007
"With Neuroinformatics Towards an Understanding of the Brain" The Inauguration of the new INCF Secretariat building at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, will take place on February 15, 2007.

An inauguration symposium, open to the public, will take place at the Nobel Forum, Wallenbergsalen, Nobels väg 1, Karolinska Institutet, 3 pm - 5 pm. The talks cover areas such as integrative and interactive molecular neuroscience and model-oriented databases for reverse engineering of the brain.

Program [PDF]

Dec 14, 2006 INCF Secretariat Moving to New Building
The Secretariat of the INCF is in the build-up phase and will recruit a staff of 10.
The new INCF Secretariat building of 300 m2 is located on the main campus of Karolinska Institutet and holds 9 offices and a conference room for 25 people. The construction work is being completed in December and the INCF will take over the building in early January 2007. The Swedish Minister of Science and Education, the Executive Secretary of the OECD Global Science Forum, and the Presidents of the host institutions (Karolinska Institutet and The Royal Institute of Technology) will be present at the formal inauguration on February 15, 2007.
Nov 14, 2006 Belgium to Join the INCF
Belgium will become member of the INCF from 2007.
The decision to join the INCF was made by the Belgian Federal Ministry of Science Policy (BELSPO).
Oct 09, 2006 INCF Workshop Series to Begin in December 2006
The INCF Secretariat will organize a series of Workshops, focusing on topics of primary importance for development and maintenance of neuroscience databases, tools, and simulation environments.

The Workshops are part of a process that will lead to recommendations for action to be followed up by Program Officers at the INCF Secretariat. The first Workshop will deal with Large-scale Modeling of the Nervous System, and will take place at the INCF Secretariat in Stockholm, December 12 – 13, 2006.

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Oct 01, 2006 Live Demos at "Neuroscience 2006", Atlanta, Georgia, October 15 – 18
The INCF has invited leading scientists to present databases, tools for visualization and analysis of neuroscience data, and environments for modeling and simulation of nervous system functions.

The projects demonstrated are supported by national and international funding agencies, as listed in the abstracts. Scientific organizers: Robert W. Williams, SfN Neuroinformatics Committee, and Jan Bjaalie, INCF Secretariat.

Welcome to the INCF booth in the Institutional Exhibit area, booth no. 2728.

Sunday October 15th

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | The Brain Architecture Management System: a mature neuroinformatics workbench for neurobiology | M Bota, LW Swanson [PDF]

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | Rodent Brain Navigator: database and atlas system for microscopy and imaging data | JG Bjaalie, JO Kjøde, T Hjørnevik, TB Leergaard, D Darin, C Pettersen, IA Moene [PDF]

  • 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm | The Neuroscience Information Framework: A Prototype National Neuroinformatics Node | D Gardner, GA Ascoli, D Donohue, M Halavi, L Marenco, ME Martone, P Miller, A Robert, GM Shepherd, PW Sternberg [PDF]

 

Monday October 16th

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | Massively parallel simulation of brain-scale neuronal network models | M Djurfeldt, C Johansson, Ö Ekeberg, M Rehn, M Lundqvist, A Lansner [PDF]

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | NEST: A Simulation Tool for Large Neuronal Networks | HE Plesser, M Diesmann, MO Gewaltig, A Morrison, A Aertsen [PDF]

  • 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm | INCF Japan Node and Platforms | S Usui, S Watanabe, S Amari [PDF]

  • 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm | Neurofitter: a parameter tuning package for electrophysiological neuron models[PDF]

    | W Van Geit, P Achard, E De Schutter

 

Tuesday October 17th

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | CoCoMac: an integrated brain connectivity database | R Kötter, G Bezgin [PDF]

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | Surface-based Atlases of Cerebral Cortex: Visualization and Data-Mining using Caret, WebCaret, and SumsDB Software | J Harwell, D Van Essen, J Dickson, D Dierker [PDF]

  • 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm | GeneNetwork, The Mouse Brain Library, and a new Atlas of the Developing Mouse Brain | RW Williams, W Bug, A Centeno, J Nissanov, KF Manly, GD Rosen, U Schambra [PDF]

  • 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm | The NeuroScholar Knowledge Management Platform | G Burns [PDF]

 

Wednesday October 18th

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | ART: Automatic reconstruction of tubular structures: from single neuron to whole brain – a multiscale approach to integrated brain function | M Sibila, A Hess, K Obermayer [PDF]

  • 9.30 am – 12.30 pm | The virtual rat brain: software environment for integration of 3d cellular data of the rat brain | L Zaborszky, P Varsanyi, Z Nadasdy, N McDonnell, F Howell [PDF]

  • 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm | Topographica: Computational Modeling of Neural Maps | JA Bednar, C Ball, Y Choe, J Ciroux, J De Paula, YF Sit, J Provost, R Miikkulainen [PDF]