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Alexandra Basford

The FENS Forum: A Good Time to Be in Spain

- July 19, 2012

This year is the “Year of Neuroscience” in Spain. As a part of this educational movement and celebration of the most recent flowering of Spanish neuroscience, Barcelona hosted the FENS Forum of Neuroscience. Drawing what the Chair of the Host Committee, Mara Dierssen, described as the largest number of attendees ever, the 8th FENS meeting […]

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A conference, neuroimaging, and the wealth of computational neuroscience

- June 18, 2012

I was fortunate in being able to attend 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM2012). It was a nice turnout, especially considering the long distances many of the attendees traveled to attend the conference in Beijing. Very exciting was the record number of Chinese delegates, a trend the organization would like to see […]

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HVP Beijing: dealing with variation

- December 11, 2011

The Human Variome Project (HVP) Beijing Meeting has officially ended (though a number of delegates will be busy tomorrow at the Advisory Council meeting). The energy and commitment towards better understanding and treatment of heritable diseases displayed by both the speakers and participants was great to see. Peter Taschner’s talk on the Leiden Open (source) […]

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InCoB/ISCB-Asia: keynotes and curation

- December 5, 2011

I recently returned from the InCoB/ISCB-Asia meeting. The meeting officially ended a couple of days ago but I am still digesting the good food, the good  conversations and the good science, all of which I know will be with me a good while.  In the interest of avoiding a copious monograph, I’ll try to stick […]

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The complexity of life

- September 2, 2011

ICSB 2011 left me with a greater than ever appreciation for, to borrow from the title of the last plenary session, the complexity of life. I was impressed by the increasingly complex and explanative models that are being built, and faster and more detailed imaging methods under development, not to mention the exciting new applications […]

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Systems, synthetics and semantics

- August 29, 2011

As those of you who have been paying attention well know, I am currently attending this year’s International Conference on Systems Biology (#ICSB) meeting in either Heidelberg or Mannheim (there’s ongoing debate about the meeting locale). The meeting opened yesterday with a plenary talk by Jean Peccoud talking about DNA “grammar,” making linguistic models of […]

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IBRO and CNS*2011, or happy neuroscience days

- July 31, 2011

I just got back from attending the IBRO World Congress in Florence and the CNS*2011 meeting in Stockholm.  All I can say is: lucky me. Okay, clearly that’s not all I can say.  They were both wonderful meetings and it was great to see so much good neuroscience going on.  IBRO had quite the turnout […]

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