The NSF and Kavli Foundation recently organized “The Physical and Mathematical Principles of Brain Structure and Function Workshop” in Arlington VA. What is kind of neat is it looks like the attendees where asked ahead of time to write a brief answer to the question, “What are the greatest challenges impeding progress in brain science?” The answers make up this 72 page document which has some interesting thoughts and proposals from several great scientists in the field. I think it is definitely worth browsing through if for no other reason than to get a sense of where the field is presently and where people are looking towards for the future. These Breakout Session Slides are online as well.
It’s neat getting access to everyone’s ideas. Of course some find getting access to things easier than others…
On to the papers!
1) Multisensory Control of Hippocampal Spatiotemporal Selectivity Pascal Ravassard, Ashley Kees, Bernard Willers, David Ho, Daniel A. Aharoni, Jesse Cushman, Zahra M. Aghajan, Mayank R. Mehta ; Science 2013 (link)
- Looks like this paper provides some interesting insights into using a virtual reality setup for a behavioral task.
2) Compartmentalization of GABAergic Inhibition by Dendritic Spines Chiayu Q. Chiu, Gyorgy Lur, Thomas M. Morse, Nicholas T. Carnevale, Graham C. R. Ellis-Davies, Michael J. Higley ; Science 2013 (link)
3) Improved tools for the Brainbow toolbox Dawen Cai, Kimberly B Cohen, Tuanlian Luo, Jeff W Lichtman & Joshua R Sanes ; Nature Methods 2013 (link)
4) Sublinear integration underlies binocular processing in primary visual cortex Fabio Longordo, Minh-Son To, Kaori Ikeda & Greg J Stuart ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)
5) One-Step Generation of Mice Carrying Mutations in Multiple Genes by CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Genome Engineering Haoyi Wang, Hui Yang, Chikdu S. Shivalila, Meelad M. Dawlaty, Albert W. Cheng, Feng Zhang, and Rudolf Jaenisch ; Cell 2013 (link)
- Some of this looks to be over my head, but the general concept sounds great!
6) Temporal Processing in the Olfactory System: Can We See a Smell? David H. Gire, Diego Restrepo, Terrence J. Sejnowski, Charles Greer, Juan A. De Carlos, and Laura Lopez-Mascaraque ; Neuron 2013 (link)
7) Robust Gamma Coherence between Macaque V1 and V2 by Dynamic Frequency Matching Mark J. Roberts, Eric Lowet, Nicolas M. Brunet, Marije Ter Wal, Paul Tiesinga, Pascal Fries, and Peter De Weerd ; Neuron 2013 (link)
8) Auditory Closed-Loop Stimulation of the Sleep Slow Oscillation Enhances Memory Hong-Viet V. Ngo, Thomas Martinetz, Jan Born, and Matthias Mo ̈ lle ; Neuron 2013 (link)
- Sounds like this might be worth trying 🙂
9) Deciphering the role of CA1 inhibitory circuits in sharp wave-ripple complexes Vassilis Cutsuridis and Jiannis Taxidis ; Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 2013 (link)
10) MANTA—an open-source, high density electrophysiology recording suite for MATLAB B. Englitz, S. V. David, M. D. Sorenson and S. A. Shamma ; Frontiers in Neural Circuits 2013 (link)
11) The CRISP theory of hippocampal function in episodic memory Sen Cheng ; Frontiers in Neural Circuits 2013 (link)
12) Control of a specific motor program by a small brain area in zebrafish Otto Fajardo, Peixin Zhu and Rainer W. Friedrich; Frontiers in Neural Circuits 2013 (link)
13) Initiation, Labile, and Stabilization Phases of Experience-Dependent Plasticity at Neocortical Synapses Jing A. Wen, Mark C. DeBlois , and Alison L. Barth ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
14) Effects of Prefrontal Cortical Inactivation on Neural Activity in the Ventral Tegmental Area Yong Sang Jo, Jane Lee, and Sheri J.Y. Mizumori ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
15) NMDA-Dependent Phase Synchronization between Septal and Temporal CA3 Hippocampal Networks Ning Gu, Jesse Jackson, Romain Goutagny, Germaine Lowe, Fre ́de ́ric Manseau, and Sylvain Williams ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
16) “Master” Neurons Induced by Operant Conditioning in Rat Motor Cortex during a Brain-Machine Interface Task Pierre-Jean Arduin, Yves Fre ́gnac, Daniel E. Shulz, and Vale ́rie Ego-Stengel ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
17) Imbalance between Excitation and Inhibition in the Somatosensory Cortex Produces Postadaptation Facilitation Katayun Cohen-Kashi Malina, Muna Jubran, Yonatan Katz, and Ilan Lampl ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
18) Viral Tracing Identifies Parallel Disynaptic Pathways to the Hippocampus Judy A. Prasad and Yogita Chudasama ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
19) Corticocortical Feedback Contributes to Surround Suppression in V1 of the Alert Primate Jonathan J. Nassi, Stephen G. Lomber, and Richard T. Born ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
20) Multiple Modes of Phase Locking between Sniffing and Whisking during Active Exploration Sachin Ranade, Bala ́zs Hangya, and Adam Kepecs ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
21) Cholinergic Control over Attention in Rats Prone to Attribute Incentive Salience to Reward Cues Giovanna Paolone, Christopher C. Angelakos, Paul J. Meyer, Terry E. Robinson, and Martin Sarter ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
22) Differences between Primary Auditory Cortex and Auditory Belt Related to Encoding and Choice for AM Sounds Mamiko Niwa, Jeffrey S. Johnson, Kevin N. O’Connor, and Mitchell L. Sutter ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
23) Frontal Theta Overrides Pavlovian Learning Biases James F. Cavanagh, Ian Eisenberg, Marc Guitart-Masip, Quentin Huys, and Michael J. Frank ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)
24) Differential contribution of hippocampus, perirhinal cortex and postrhinal cortex to allocentric spatial memory in the radial maze Juan M.J. Ramos ; Behavioural Brain Research 2013 (link)
25) Disruption of footshock-induced theta rhythms by stimulating median raphe nucleus reduces anxiety in rats Yi-Tse Hsiao, Pei-Lu Yia, Chiung-Hsiang Cheng, Fang-Chia Chang ; Behavioural Brain Research 2013 (link)
26) Can rats control previously acquired spatial information? Evidence of “directed forgetting” phenomenon in delay-interposed radial maze behavior Masami Kaku, Kazuo Yamada, Yukio Ichitani ; Behavioural Brain Research 2013 (link)