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Concerns Raised About New Clinical Trials Guidelines on Research Involving Human Subjects
Many neuroscientists have expressed concerns about the recently released implementation guidelines for the NIH definition of clinical trials. While the guidelines are intended to improve the quality and transparency of NIH clinical trials research, many have noted that the unintended consequences of the revised policy will impose burdensome new requirements and will potentially preclude trainees from receiving NIH support for basic research that would fall under the new definition of clinical trials.

Details on the policy are available on the “Open Mike” blog through the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER). While NIH has no formal process for providing feedback, those who have concerns about the policy are encouraged to weigh in through the blog’s comment section. In parallel, SfN leadership is discussing with NIH leaders whether there may be ways to meet the stated goals of the new policy while seeking to minimize unintended consequences that would impede neuroscience research.

Register Now for Neuroscience 2017—Rates Increase October 4
Participate in the global phenomenon of scientific discovery and advancement happening at Neuroscience 2017, November 11–15 in Washington, DC. For your best rate, register for the meeting before fees increase on October 4 .

The Latest From Neuronline


Celebrate Peer Review Week With Our Journal Editors
In honor of Peer Review Week (September 11–17), Neuronline Community is hosting an open forum with the Editors-in-Chief Marina Picciotto (JNeurosci) and Christophe Bernard (eNeuro). Join the conversation and ask your questions about peer review!

Epileptic Brain Activity in Lab Mice May Affect Research Findings
Multiple laboratories have observed aberrant cortical activity and accompanying fluorescence events in some transgenic mouse lines, according to a study published in eNeuro. Some abnormalities, though easy to miss, may significantly affect interpretation of neuronal recordings.

Time of Day Influences Reward Response
Fluctuations in activation of the putamen may be the neural basis for circadian modulation of reward, finds a study of healthy young men published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The authors suggest that activation, which peaks in the morning and evening and dips at 2:00 p.m., is driven by expectation of reward and should be accounted for in fMRI protocols.


Deadline Extended for Chapter-of-the-Year Award!
The deadline for the Chapter-of-the-Year Award, which recognizes a chapter’s achievements in outreach, has been extended to Wednesday, September 13. The winner will receive $1,000 and be recognized at the Chapters Workshop at SfN’s annual meeting. Submit your chapter’s Annual Report along with a short essay today!


How to Secure an NIH Intramural Fellowship
Learn about the diverse training experiences facilitated by NIH Intramural Research Programs, including how to apply for fellowship opportunities.

What You Need to Know About Grant Writing
Hear NIH representatives discuss the latest changes for grant applications during the Neuroscience 2017 workshop “News You Can Use in Grant Writing Applications: Updates from NIH,” from noon–2 p.m. Saturday, November 11.

Have Your Career Questions Answered
Ask established neuroscientists your professional development, funding, and career questions at Neuroscience 2017 during “Career Development Topics: A Networking Event,” from 7:30–9:30 p.m. Saturday, November 11.


Submit Your Outreach Poster
Celebrate brain awareness and share your outreach achievements with BAW organizers from around the world at the Brain Awareness Campaign Event! If you are interested in presenting a poster on your outreach activities, please contact by September 28.

Brain Awareness Video Contest Results Are In!
Watch the winning videos and vote for your favorite: the most popular video will win $500. Cast your vote by September 29.

Lawsuit Over APHIS Database
A federal judge recently dismissed a case filed by several animal rights groups against the USDA over the removal of animal research facility inspection reports from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in February.

USDA Calls for Comments on Regulatory Reform
The USDA published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments from the public about regulatory burden experiences and ideas for regulatory reform at the USDA.


Attend the Neurobiology of Disease Workshop
Register now for the Neurobiology of Disease Workshop, “Gene Therapy to Address Unmet Needs in Neurology,” which will focus on the translation of novel approaches in gene therapy from “bench to bedside and back.” The new methods are used in promising preclinical studies and clinical trials of treatments for neurologic disorders including ALS and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for brain tumors.

Neuroscience Meeting Planner Is Now Available
Search all abstracts and presentations for Neuroscience 2017 and build your meeting schedule by using the online Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Start reviewing the more than 14,000 scheduled presentations now to maximize your time at the meeting.

Neuroscience 2017 Code of Conduct
In the interest of creating a welcoming space for the exchange of scientific information and ideas, SfN does not tolerate sexual harassment or any form of behavior that may be considered harassment. Medical and security personnel will be available on site at the annual meeting. Read the full code of conduct for SfN events on our website.

Prepare for Your Presentation
Be sure to review SfN’s guidelines for preparing a presentation before the annual meeting. Please also make sure that you are aware of SfN’s statement on scientific rigor.

Clinical Content and CME Credits
Neuroscience 2017 attendees are able to take advantage of SfN’s strong programming on basic discovery and its application to curing disease to earn up to 35 AMA Category 1 Credits™. Add CME to your annual meeting registration and plan to attend select sessions.

Plan Your Event in Conjunction With Neuroscience 2017
Submit your satellite request and include your listing online, in the Neuroscience Meeting Planner and mobile app. Visit for the online request form, policies, and current satellite listings.

Neuroethics and Public Engagement
Register to attend the short course “Neuroethics and Public Engagement: Why, How, and Best Practices” to discuss public engagement on current issues in neuroethics, including neuroenhancement, memory modification, and neuroscience in the courtroom.

Important Alert: Fraudulent Neuroscience 2017 Vendors
Fraudulent agents posing as Neuroscience 2017 vendors may offer annual meeting attendees deals on hotels, registration, and other meeting-related goods and services. These companies are NOT affiliated with SfN and SfN will be unable to provide assistance in resolving any disputes or issues. Read more.

Neuroscience Marketplace
Visit the Exhibit Floor before the annual meeting in My Neuroscience Marketplace, the virtual directory of Neuroscience 2017 vendors.


#ThankAScientist Week (September 18–22) is the Twitter campaign of the American Psychological Association and other scientific organizations, recognizing scientists for their accomplishments and the positive impact of research on all our lives. If you are an active Twitter user, consider thanking a mentor or colleague during the week using the hashtag #ThankAScientist. SfN can retweet your posts on @SfNTweets if you mention us!

The Goldwater Scholarship identifies and supports undergraduate students who show exceptional promise in natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Visit The Barry Goldwater Scholarship webpage today.

NSF is seeking proposals for a Coordination Hub for its INCLUDES Program, designed to enhance U.S. STEM leadership with a focus on broadening diversity and inclusion. The proposal deadline is November 27.

The call for networking events, business meetings, and satellite events for the 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin is now open. Submit your proposals at FENS Forum 2018 using the online forms in the Forum Programme. The deadline for submission is November 30. has a searchable Calendar of Events that provides member-submitted information about awards, trainings, meetings, and events. See submission guidelines.


In the News
Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain, The New York Times
The effects of youthful exercise on the brain could linger far into adulthood, potentially delaying declines in brain health and memory that occur with age, according to a study in eNeuro.

Find Your Next Job
More than 170 open positions are listed on the NeuroJobs Career Center, with opportunities spanning all career levels and including positions in academia, industry, and government.


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