Top five reasons to study neural circuits

By Jami Milton, PhD | Feb 24, 2017 12:06:56 PM


Recently, we asked a renowned professor in neurobiology, “Why do you feel neural circuits are important to study?”

Quick with an answer, he said, “Because everyone else is!”

His quip revealed some truth, in that it captures a major ongoing movement in neuroscience.

So why are so many neuroscientists now pushing the boundaries to study neural circuits?

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Bill Martin: The promise for neurobehavioral therapies

By Jami Milton, PhD | Feb 14, 2017 11:00:08 AM


The second video in our Neurovox series is an interview with Bill Martin, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Head of R&D at BlackThorn Therapeutics, a venture-backed company that focuses on creating novel therapies for treating neurobehavioral and psychiatric diseases, ranging from Alzheimer’s to schizophrenia.

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Mapping neural circuits in real time

By Jami Milton, PhD | Feb 7, 2017 8:59:12 AM


When I was a graduate student in the 1990’s, and brave enough to raise my hand after a seminar, I asked the founder of neurophilosophy Patricia Churchland, “If we could record from every synapse of the human brain, would that tell us how consciousness emerges?” At the time, this suggestion bordered on preposterous, but her answer was decidedly optimistic that it was our best shot. Now, over 20 years later, research proliferates with the expressed goal of mapping every connection in the brain. Institutes have formed around tackling the unimaginable task of identifying the 10,000 connections made by each of our 100 billion neurons. Some researchers hypothesize that not only is it critical we map the connections of the brain to better understand whole-brain function, but that we are our connectomes.

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Interview with autism research expert Dr. Geraldine Dawson about advocacy, neural circuits and autism

By Jami Milton, PhD | Jan 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We proudly announce the inaugural video of a new interview series: “Neurovox: Conversations with the Neuroscience Community.” Leveraging our unique position at the intersection of neuroscience, industry and entrepreneurship, we take a great interest in connecting with and advocating for the neuroscience community. To support open science, we interview members of the neuroscience community, including researchers, scientists, and those who work in disease foundations and industry, and make their answers available to the public. In the inaugural video, we interview autism research expert Geraldine Dawson, PhD. Dr. Dawson is the Director for Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. You can watch her video interview here.

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Calcium imaging plus 3D movement tracking reveals intriguing insights into action perception

By Jami Milton, PhD | Jan 11, 2017 12:42:55 PM


We have a special treat for you -- two videos you can watch about Dr. Jonathan Whitlock’s research on action perception, action planning and action observation in the posterior parietal cortex. Dr. Whitlock is a part of the Inscopix community, and his lab uses our nVista large-scale calcium imaging system to look at action representation in rodents.

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Inscopix support for PIs submitting BRAIN Initiative RO1 Grant: Targeted BRAIN Circuits (RFA-NS-17-014)

By Jami Milton, PhD | Dec 13, 2016 6:24:51 PM


The Funding Opportunity:

The BRAIN Initiative’s RO1 funding opportunity (Deadline: March 8, 2017) entitled “Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects, solicits applications for research projects using integrated approaches to “understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior.” Submitted proposals should aim to improve the understanding of neural circuits by, “systematically controlling stimuli and/or behavior while actively recording and/or manipulating dynamic patterns of neural activity.”

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The Inscopix DECODE Summit videos are open!

By Jami Milton, PhD | Nov 21, 2016 11:26:50 AM


The DECODE Summit videos feature thought leaders discussing scientific, technological and ecosystem challenges facing the scientific community, industry, nonprofits, and government. In a prior blog post , we promised to make the videos open, and I’m happy to say they are now available! To watch all 11 videos, go here .

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Inscopix Makes 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ List

By Kunal Ghosh, PhD | Nov 16, 2016 11:15:24 AM


We are so proud to announce that Inscopix has been named to the 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ List! The brain needs champions, and our inclusion in this year’s list is a big win for neuroscience and the human brain.

Released today, the Deloitte Fast Technology 500™ recognizes the most innovative and fastest-growing North American technology companies transforming the future of business. From life sciences to software and semiconductors, the Fast 500 spans all areas of technology and is widely held as one of the industry’s most prestigious and longest-running technology innovator rankings.

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Integrated optogenetics and calcium imaging in one tiny microscope, nVoke

By Jami Milton, PhD | Nov 15, 2016 1:56:40 PM

It’s been an exciting Neuroscience 2016. The community has presented over 30 talks and posters featuring Inscopix technology, and there are now over 20 publications. We’re so proud of the advances we’ve made together. We’re constantly collaborating with researchers to put forward cutting-edge technology so that we can bring tour-de-force circuit-level investigations of brain function and behavior within reach of all neuroscientists. Our collaborations toward the common goal of catalyzing scientific breakthroughs allow us to innovate for the benefit of the neuroscience ecosystem. It’s exactly because of this collaborative effort we’re able to announce the release of a new product, nVoke, into early access. Read today’s press release here.  Watch a video about nVoke here.

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