It seems Markram is again back to getting some interesting results. Recently a new discovery from the Brain Mind Institute of the EPFL shows that the brain adapts to new experience by unleashing a burst of new neuronal connections, and only the fittest survive. The research further shows that this process of creation, testing, and reconfiguring of brain circuits takes place on a scale of just hours, suggesting that the brain is evolving considerably even during the course of a single day.
The paper can be found Here.
Im a molecular/cellular neurobiologist. I do however, have a deep interst in neural prosthetics, bionics research. Is there a place for me in this field?
Biophysics of Biological Circuits:
From Molecules to Networks
Engineering Principles in Biological Systems
Cold Spring Harbor Meeting
Here is a paper showing that “whisker stimulation evokes increases in astrocytic cytosolic calcium (Ca2+) within the barrel cortex of adult mice”.
Wang X, Lou N, Xu Q, Tian GF, Peng WG, Han X, Kang J, Takano T, Nedergaard M.
Astrocytic Ca2+ signaling evoked by sensory stimulation in vivo.
Nat Neurosci. 2006 Jun;9(6):816-23.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Cognitive Neuroscience Department of Psychology
Salary is in the range of =A322,779 to =A325,092 per annum inclusive of London Allowance depending on experience.
A three-year, full-time postdoctoral research position is available to investigate the neural basis of learning in the human brain using functional MRI. The project will study the dynamic changes in activity that accompany the acquisition of cognitive and motor skills, and will focus on information processing in the prefrontal cortex, the cortical motor system and interconnected areas of the cerebellum (see Ramnani (2006), Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7(7): 511-522). The project is funded by a BBSRC grant to Dr. Narender Ramnani. Facilities include an on-site, research-dedicated 3T Siemens Trio MRI scanner hosted by the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway (Surrey, 35 minutes to central London). Candidates should hold (or should expect to be awarded) a PhD in Behavioural or Cognitive Neuroscience by January 2007 (although candidates from other research backgrounds will also be considered if their skills are relevant to the project). A record of published research, some familiarity with functional neuroanatomy and good programming skills are essential. Familiarity with practical and statistical neuroimaging methods is desirable. Candidates should be willing to learn new research methods and to have a strong interest in pursuing a research career.
Planned (flexible) start date, 15th January. Further information can be found at http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/staff/n.ramnani. Informal inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Ramnani (tel. [deleted by editor]; email [deleted by editor]).
Further details and an application form are available from the Personnel Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX;
Telephone: 01784 414241;
Fax: 01784 473527;
E-Mail: recruitment at rhul dot ac.uk
Please quote the reference number AC/4612. The closing date for the receipt of applications is midday on 6th October 2006.
We positively welcome applications from all sections of the communit
Position Offered for Programmer or Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Neurocomputational Modeling of Learning and Memory
We seek to hire a full time Research Assistant/Programmer or Postdoctoral Fellow to work on computer programming projects developing and testing neurocomputational models of the brain circuits for learning and memory, especially the basal ganglia, frontal cortex, and hippocampal region.
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The Nernst/Goldman Equation Simulator
An awesome simulator of Nernst and Hodgkin-Goldman-Katz eqns for membrane potential given variable ion permeabilities… with a very slick interface and downloadable programs for Mac and Windows. Also, there is a flash-based web version, too.