Best Connectomics podcasts we could find (Updated December 2018)
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Neuroscience stories from the lab and life: By scientists, for everyone. Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) researchers Ben Scholl, Ph.D., Joe Schumacher, Ph.D., and Misha Smirnov, Ph.D. host Neurotransmissions: an engaging, accessible look inside the neuroscience research world, exploring current research topics and emerging technologies, public health issues in the domain of biomedical science, the intersection between science and society, and unique perspectives and expe ...
 
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How does an aspiring poet become one of the pioneers of new model systems for studying the visual cortex? Find out as Joe and Ben sit down with Dr. Michael Stryker, Professor of Physiology at the University of California San Francisco, to chat about his journey through science and how graduate student-mentor relationships have evolved over time.…
 
Using whole-cell recording techniques, Judith Hirsch investigates how the early visual pathway helps translate the visual world into a coherent perception. Fritz Sommer takes theoretical and computational approaches to understanding the basis of learning and perception in the brain. In our first dual guest podcast, Joe and Ben sit down with Dr. ...…
 
Episode 25: Breaking the diffraction limit with Dr. Stefan HellHow does one go about breaking the laws of physics? On this podcast, Joe, Misha, and Vered sit down with Dr. Stefan Hell to discuss his path to developing super-resolution light microscopy techniques that allow researchers to see details of biology at a scale never before possible. ...…
 
Driven by a lifelong love of music, Rich Mooney's career as a neuroscientist focuses on the circuits that integrate sensory and motor signals in the service of behavior. In a wide ranging interview, Joe, Misha, and Ben sit down with Dr. Mooney to discuss why the songbird is an unparalleled model organism for such a research focus. We also hear ...…
 
How neural circuits form the basis of complex natural behaviors is a fundamental question in neuroscience, and from an evolutionary perspective, these circuits enable the survival and reproduction of organisms from generation to generation. In our final live episode from Sunposium 2017, we sit down with two leading experts to discuss their rese ...…
 
To advance our understanding of the nervous system, we need to know how to ask the right questions about the structure and function of neural circuits. This is often facilitated by new techniques for recording, imaging, and manipulating neural activity. In this episode, we return to our series of interviews from MPFI’s 2017 Sunposium conference ...…
 
"Where are we and where are we going?" Our sense of where we are in the world is one of the most fundamental cognitive elements of our day-to-day lives, and the discovery of our brain's internal system for mapping our physical location is one of the landmark achievements of modern neuroscience. In this episode we sit down Dr. Edvard Moser, one ...…
 
Live from West Palm Beach, it's Sunposium 2017! Here is Part 1 in a series of conversations we had at MPFI's Sunposium Conference, which is a biennial scientific meeting featuring talks from many renowned names in neuroscience. Misha and Joe sat down with Dr. Thomas Südhof, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his wor ...…
 
Our series of interviews from SfN 2016 concludes with a grand finale! Two fantastic researchers share their experiences studying neural circuits regulating important behaviors. First, Joe sits down with Dr. Annegret Falkner to discuss her amazing work on aggression circuits, as well as her thoughts on the current academic job market (she has si ...…
 
We’ve heard that an injured cerebellum can make you uncoordinated, but can it also make you mean? Listen to an awesome and engaging interview where Misha, Ben, and first time host Audrey Bonnan learn how the cerebellum interacts with the the rest of the brain from Dr. Kamran Khodakhah, professor and chair in the Department of Neuroscience at th ...…
 
In this very special episode, we get to talk with emergency room physician, engineer, neuroscientist, scientific advisor, and person extraordinaire Brett Mensh. As a professional grant writing specialist, Dr. Mensh shares his insights on how to get your ideas funded and papers published by telling compelling stories. We also learn about his uni ...…
 
Everything we do requires energy, so it's not surprising that our brains are wired to regulate how we acquire and use that energy for survival. In this episode, Joe is joined by Dr. Jens Bruning, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne, Germany, to discuss how the brain regulates feeding behavior and energy use i ...…
 
Whether you're navigating through a forest, hunting prey, avoiding predators, or listening to a podcast in the gym, behaviors in the world require the coordination of both sensory and motor circuits in the brain. Part 3 in our series of interviews from the 2016 SfN meeting in San Diego gets into science sensory-motor integration. Joe sat down w ...…
 
The neocortex is a hallmark of mammalian brain evolution, and the underlying principles that define cortical circuits have captured the attention of neuroscientists for decades. In this episode, we sit down with Andreas Tolias from Baylor College of Medicine to discuss how his lab is unraveling both the cellular organization of the neocortex, a ...…
 
For the second installment of our on-the-floor recording from SfN, we find out about some lesser-known opportunities and careers available to PhDs. Misha talks to Dr. Sofia Jurgensen, senior scientist at Sanofi Genzyme and head of the SfN Training Committee about the volunteering opportunities available through the SfN committee system. We also ...…
 
In what has been hailed as the discovery of the century, Emmanuelle Charpentier and her colleagues unraveled the molecular machinery of bacterial immune systems and repurposed them into the powerful CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology. Since 2012, CRISPR has taken the world by storm, transcending all branches of the biomedical and life sciences ...…
 
The podcast hit the road to San Diego for the annual SfN meeting and met up with new and old friends to talk all things neuroscience. In this weeks episode, Joe talks with award-winning NPR correspondent Jon Hamilton about his career in science journalism, and what scientists can do to give their work a broader impact to the general public. The ...…
 
Epilepsy is a complex group of disorders with a diverse set of causes. We sit down with Georgetown University's Dr. Patrick Forcelli to discuss different forms of epilepsy, as well as his research into the effects of anticonvulsant medications on brain development. We'll also hear about what the epileptic brain can tell us about neural circuits ...…
 
Neurons share information via synapses, but how do scientists? We talk to the distinguished Dr. Karel Svoboda from Janelia Research Campus about his breakthroughs in understanding synapses, problems with "big data", and the role of machine learning in future scientific progress. We also learn about ways in which open data sharing can benefit sc ...…
 
Welcome to a special mini-episode of Neurotransmissions. After our interview with Dr. Ferster, we had and unexpectedly candid and enlightening conversation about communicating Science. Find out why sometimes the science doesn't really start until you put pen to paper.
 
The mammalian visual cortex performs important transformations of the information that is transmitted from the eye to the brain. We sit down with Dr. David Ferster, Professor Emeritus from Northwestern, to discuss his long career studying the cellular mechanisms of these transformations. We also find out what life after academic retirement is l ...…
 
Looking inside the brains of translucent amphibians, Dr. Hollis Cline studies the development and plasticity of the visual system. Join Misha, Joe, and Andre as they get to know more about her research as well her position as the president of the Society for Neuroscience.
 
Women are awarded over half of all doctorate degrees in the life sciences, but account for a small fraction of high-ranking academic positions. To investigate this phenomenon, Joe and Misha explore the various barriers and experiences unique to women in science with Dr. Leslie Vosshall of The Rockefeller University, Dr. Na Ji of Janelia Researc ...…
 
What can we learn from studying the vast complexity of wiring in the brain? In this week's episode, Professor Movshon explains why a functional perspective is lacking in a connectomics approach that limits our ability to understand what the brain is doing. We'll also hear about how a diverse set of scientific interests can make for a fruitful a ...…
 
How do neuroscientists see through layers of grey matter to produce images of cells that are deeply embedded in living brains? Dr. Na Ji from HHMI's Janelia Research Campus explains how optical tricks from astronomy can be applied to solve this problem. We cover her exciting academic career from China to California and beyond. Tune in to get th ...…
 
From Cornell to Bell Labs and beyond, Eric Betzig spent an entire career trying to see the unseeable. The optics of conventional microscopes face a fundamental, physical limit on their resolution. Dr. Betzig's quest to break this limit ultimately led to the development of a super-resolution microscopy technique, providing researchers a level of ...…
 
Humans have 10 times more neurons in our brain than there are people on the earth, so how do these billions of cells manage to all work together? Misha, Ben, and Joe sit down with Dr. Jeff Lichtman, professor of Neuroscience at Harvard University, to talk about his work understanding the complexity of how neurons connect with one another. We di ...…
 
What is basic science, and how is it significant in the realm of brain research and the future progress of our society? Your hosts Joe, Misha, and Ben sit down with Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and tackle those questions and more on the first episode of the Neurotransmissions po ...…
 
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