Neuron interviews Big Questions in Neuroscience speakers

In an interview with Neuron, Michael Ehlers the Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Biogen discusses the big questions to be answered in therapeutic discovery and development for neurodegeneration. He talks about his training, his experience as a former academic, and shares a story of an inadvertent discovery.

Published, Neuron, July 6, 2016
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In an interview with Neuron, Silvia Arber discusses the scientific questions that motivate her work, and the early influences that shaped her research. She provides advice to trainees and shares her views about the responsibility of scientists to communicate with the general public, and the need for creative basic science.

Published, Neuron, July 6, 2016
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In an interview with Neuron, György Buzsáki shares his thoughts on the balance of big-data gathering collaborations and discoveries driven by individual labs, the highlight of his career, and his strategy for understanding the brain from “within”, by studying how internally generated patterns convert into action and eventually experience.

Published in Neuron July 20, 2016
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In an interview with Neuron, Kerry Ressler discusses key questions in translational psychiatry, enthusiastically recounts a “eureka” moment he had as a student and shares what he wishes the public understood about psychiatry and science.

Published in Neuron July 20, 2016
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Liqun Luo is interested in how complex circuits in the brain are assembled, and in the relationship between brain development, function, and evolution. In an interview with Neuron, he describes an influential tool developed in his lab for the dissection of neuronal circuits and shares his passion for teaching.
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In an interview with Neuron, Rui Costa discusses his interest in the mechanisms and circuits underlying spontaneous movement generation. He contemplates the degeneracy of circuits controlling action in the brain and discusses how interpreting paintings made him a better scientist.
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In an interview with Neuron, Bence Ölveczky, discusses future directions for studying how the brain learns and generates motor skills. He provides insights on tool development for tracking spiking activity in the same neuron and shares the story of his “first spike.”
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Gord Fishell discusses his scientific interest in understanding neocortical circuit assembly to better decipher the biological basis for cognition. In an interview with Neuron, he provides his perspective on the importance of understanding the genetics of interneurons and shares a key discovery story from his lab.
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Yang Dan is a multifaceted neuroscientist currently working on the neural bases of sleep. In an interview with Neuron, she discusses her upbringing and training as a physicist in China, and her hopes for the development of tools that would allow the manipulation of the human brain for therapeutic purposes.

Published, Neuron, September 21, 2016
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Jeff Lichtman is interested in understanding the development of synapses and how they change as a result of experience. His work has championed the field of “connectomics”. In an interview with Neuron, he discusses his approach to science and the challenges faced in the age of big data. 

Published, Neuron, September 21, 2016
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In an interview with Neuron, Larry Abbott talks about his current interests, highlights recent developments in the acquisition of large amounts of neural activity data, and discusses the challenges associated with providing a cohesive understanding of the brain in a prelude to his discussion about Big Questions in Neuroscience, as a speaker at our SfN Satellite Cell Symposium in San Diego.

Published, Neuron, October 5, 2016
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