Michael’s SFN 2010 List

Culling through the SFN abstract browser is an imperfect process.  Keyword searches can be helpful, particularly if you’re interested in a fairly specific topic, like, say, “1-bromopropane” (1 hit).  But if you’re interested in “postnatal neurogenesis” (292 hits) or “hippocampus memory” (1118 hits), make sure your scrolling finger is rested and…

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#SFN10 Itinerary Pt. 2

Continuing on… 1) 31.20/C37 – Dentate network activity modulates integration of newborn granule cells *F. KLEINE BORGMANN1, J. GRÄFF2, N. TONI3, I. M. MANSUY4,5, S. JESSBERGER1; 1Inst. of Cell Biology, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technol. (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland; 2Brain Res. Inst., Univ. of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; 3Univ. of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland; 4Brain Res. Inst.,…

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SFN2010 Itinerary Pt. 1

I have 62 items in my itinerary and I expect to add to it in the following weeks. There are always great presentations I find out about last minute and undoubtedly others that never see the light of (my) day. So fill me in if you have any tips. It’s…

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SFN2010 Neuroblogging List

So today the list of “official” SFN neurobloggers was released at the SFN website. And it immediately created a bit of an uproar. My initial beef was that I couldn’t ever seem to find the SFN blogging info without using Google. And also, I would like to know which other…

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Pattern separation: 370,000,000 papers 2050?

If you’ve been paying attention to the adult hippocampal neurogenesis literature at all, you noticed that “pattern separation” is gaining popularity as a research topic. A few quick searches on Pubmed confirm that a trend is indeed afoot.  For the years prior to 1999, only 15 Pubmed-indexed papers answer to…

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Olfactory bulb neurogenesis big bigger biggest

And now for a journey outside (rostral, to be precise) of my comfort zone. These three pictures show new neurons in the mouse olfactory bulb at successively greater magnifications. Probably inspired by the science magazine I read as a kid that would show high mag photos of everyday objects (with corresponding…

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Old news gets the shaft

I was recently reading a number of old papers on memory and synaptic tagging and found myself wondering whether they were bloggable. My instincts said yes but the more I thought about it the more I realized they’re several years old and that is ancient by the standards of Twitter…

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What IS the dentate gyrus doing to CA3?

A fundamental property of the hippocampus is its ability to rapidly encode memories while simultaneously keeping them distinct. Recording from hippocampal neurons one can clearly see that different populations of neurons are active as a rat explores two environments. This is thought to be one mechanism by which information is…

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Adult neurogenesis in humans: Murine Features of Neurogenesis in the Human Hippocampus

Studies of adult neurogenesis often begin with the following sentence: “Adult neurogenesis occurs in all mammals examined, including humans.” More detail-oriented papers might say, “Adult neurogenesis occurs in all mammals examined, including humans…but not bats.” Here, the similarities between bats and humans become more evident than one might expect: it…

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