Friday, October 3, 2014 11:30 am– 1:00 pm
Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Provider: International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility
Descriptions: INCF develops and maintains database and computational infrastructure for neuroscientists. Software tools and standards for the international neuroinformatics community are developed through INCF programs that address infrastructural issues of high importance to the neuroscience community. INCF collects and makes available neuroinformatics tools in the INCF Software Center, where anyone can upload documentation, executables and related files, track use of their software, create a wiki, and establish development teams. Two of the most popular INCF products are Waxholm Space and MUSIC, which are direct outcomes of the INCF Program on Digital Atlasing and Multi-Scale Modeling, respectively. INCF also arranges Scientific Workshops and holds an annual neuroinformatics conference.
Keywords: biomedical research, brain, brain mapping, informatics, neuroscience, open access, open source, research
Provider: Whole Brain project - UC-San Diego
Descriptions: The Whole Brain Catalog is the flagship project of the Whole Brain Project at the University of California - San Diego. It is an open source, downloadable, multi-scale virtual catalog of the mouse brain and its cellular components, providing zoomable 3D views of structures and their surroundings deep inside the mouse brain. The data is also brought to life with simulation and animation. "In providing open source and collaborative tools, the Whole Brain Project allows neuroscience researchers to make new connections with collaborators and newly discovered data. Combining previously unconnected databases across a single network make possible new and exciting insights about the brain."
Keywords: animal, animation, biomedical research, brain, life sciences, mouse, neurology, neuroscience, open access, open source, research, software
Provider: Harvard Medical School
Contents: animation, brief records, case reports, general reference, images, maps, tutorials, video
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Descriptions: This atlas is a neuroimaging educational tool, showing trans-axial, saggital and coronal views of the brain in cross-sectional MRI, CT and nuclear imaging techniques, with side-by-side navigation. Image series are provided for the normal brain and for its disease states: cardiovascular, neoplastic, degenerative and inflammatory/infectious. In disease states, clicking a link reading "clinical" will bring the user to a page of text explaining the case being viewed. The "Top 100 Brain Structures" feature is a study tool allowing the user to view structures individually, or to view a group of brain structures marked with pointers, labelled or unlabelled. The site is co-sponsored by the Departments of Radiology and Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, its Countway Library of Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology.
Keywords: anatomy, brain, brain mapping, neurology
Provider: Society for Neuroscience
Descriptions: Brainfacts.org is a resource for the public that reports on advances in brain research with short, informative, illustrated articles. Topics are presented in the broadest of ranges- from neurons to the role of neuroscience in a court of law. The Society for Neuroscience presents this resource in partnership with two foundations- Gatsby, and the Kavli Foundation. Links to their interesting websites are provided.
Keywords: aging, brain, cognitive disorders, consumer health, disease, education, neurology, neuroscience, news
Provider: Baylor College of Medicine
Descriptions: BioEd Online is an award-winning life sciences educational resource from Baylor's Center for Educational Outreach. Designed for teachers and their students from elementary to high school level, it contains engaging multimedia teaching and course materials, including lesson demonstrations, on genetics, neuroscience, viruses, environmental science and more topics. Resources include a library of downloadable slide sets, as well as videos, podcasts and .pdf teaching guides. BioEd Online is edited by a distinguished group of Baylor College of Medicine faculty and staff, and funded by NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Education and others. The website also features a series of video presentations for K-8 students on life science experiments in space, funded by NASA and sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Although all courses are free to HISD teachers and Baylor-affiliated faculty and staff after obtaining a log-in, full access to some requires a subscription for other users. Teacher contact-hour certification available for more advanced courses.
Keywords: Baylor, biology, brain, communicable diseases, continuing education, courseware, education, environmental, faculty, full text, genetics, Internet, K-12, life sciences, natural sciences, neuroscience, news, NIH, partial open access, podcasts, science, student, video
Provider: Tal Yarkoni, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Contents: Citations, images, index, links, links to full text
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Keywords: brain, cognitive neuroscience, fMRI, medical imaging, neuroimaging, neuroinformatics
Provider: George Mason University
Contents: archive, images, index, links
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Descriptions: NeuroMorpho.Org is the largest collection to date of publicly-accessible 3-D neuronal reconstructions and associated metadata in a curated repository. It contains a Neuron Atlas (a spatial distribution visualization tool.) Neurons from more than 20 species are represented. Browse by species, brain region, cell type or source; search by keyword, metadata or morphometry. The What’s new page has information on newly-released data, including new species strains, brain regions, cell types, and experimental conditions. The Acknowledgements include details on contributing labs, and the About page provides an updated overview of the repository content. OntoSearch enables more powerful searches of species and strains with automated synonym translation, taxonomical relations, and keyword auto-completion. The literature coverage database includes publications through March 2014.
Keywords: brain, cell biology, data, data-sharing, gateway, neuro-anatomy, neurology, neuron, neuroscience
Contents: datasets, images, links, multiple databases, open-source
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Descriptions: Originally funded by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, NITRC facilitates finding and comparing neuroimaging resources for functional and structural neuroimaging analyses—tools that were once hidden in a researcher's laboratory and well-known resources. NITRC collects and points to standardized information about tools, making the task of finding and comparing them easier. This site can help researchers find the right functional or structural neuroimaging tool or resource and serve as an aid in deciding whether it will be helpful to them.
Keywords: bioinformatics, brain, medical imaging, MRI, neuroimaging, neuroinformatics, neurology, neuroscience
Provider: Society for Neuroscience
Descriptions: The Society for Neuroscience offers the expected features, many of them open to non-members: meeting abstracts dating back to 2000; its latest Annual Report; information on its policies and guidelines; and Neuroscience in the News. There are unexpected free treasures in the section, History of Neuroscience: a selection of full-text classic neuroscience articles; six volumes of "The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography;" and a large series of Quicktime videos of autobiographical/scientific talks and interviews from eminent neuroscientists made between 1994 and 2008. Also notable is the inclusion of useful resources for non-scientists and educators: the NERVE "Virtual Encycloportal" for K-12 students and their teachers; and consumer information, like "Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System," and a series of Flash videos, "Searching for Answers," on various brain diseases and disorders.
Keywords: biography, brain, consumer health, courseware, disease, e-books, education, full text, history of medicine, images, K-12, links, neuroscience, news, scientist, student, video
Provider: Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse
Descriptions: Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) is sponsored by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. It offers the neuroscience community free databases and applications for imaging, a forum and a news feed. Researchers can look for applications based on their attributes and popularity, and can also compare similar utilities, check on software development stages, and submit their own databases and applications for sharing. Many links to related resources are also provided here.
Keywords: anatomy, biomedical research, brain, brain mapping, data, data analysis, informatics, medical imaging, networking, neuroimaging, neuroscience, news, NIH, ontology, open access, open source, research, software, U.S. Government, Web tools
Provider: Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy, UT Medical School, Houston
Descriptions: "This online, interactive courseware for the study of neuroscience is provided by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The project is being developed under the direction of the Department Chair and Editor, John H. Byrne." Due to its largely multimedia presentation, the text cannot be downloaded-- it must be experienced online. The preface to this absorbing resource indicates that it is meant primarily as a course for the first-year medical student, but is also useful for more advanced students. Includes end-of-chapter review questions.
Keywords: anatomy, animation, brain, collaborative, courseware, curriculum, education, free, images, neurology, neuroscience, open access, student, textbooks
Provider: U.S. National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: "NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research." A large number of free publications, some provided in Spanish, are available for downloading. These include fact sheets, reports and a short e-book, Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery. Links to information about research projects, trials, health- and aging-related organizations, and other related resources are provided.
Keywords: aging, Alzheimer, biomedical research, brain, care, cognition, cognitive disorders, e-books, federal agencies, geriatrics, patient education, spanish, U.S. Government
Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: NINDS conducts, funds and guides research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke, and supports related basic research.
Keywords: Alzheimer, brain, cognitive disorders, consumer health, disease, neurology, U.S. Government
Provider: American Academy of Neurology
Descriptions: The American Academy of Neurology website provides a wealth of resources for the professional: an online community, CME opportunities, news, links on legislation affecting neurology, practice guidelines, position statements, podcasts, and sections devoted to neurologic specialties. Medical students, residents and fellows get special attention. Medical and PhD students who do not want a subscription to the Academy's journal can still register for free access to certain features of the website. Some resources, podcasts, for instance, are available only to AAN members. A section for patients and caregivers promotes greater understanding of neurology, and provides information on diseases and disorders, as well as links to further information.
Keywords: advocacy, brain, clinical practice guidelines, CME, disease, healthcare professional, neurology, news, patient education, physician
Provider: Alzheimer's Association
Descriptions: From the website: The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s. Our mission: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Keywords: Alzheimer, brain, cognitive disorders
Provider: Alzheimer Research Forum
Descriptions: This site contains and links to a huge number of resources for the Alzheimer researcher. Features include: a live discussion forum; citations to the latest papers (linking to PubMed); an international listing of institutes and laboratories; separate links for news on drugs, conferences and research; clinics information for the consumer; and more items too numerous to list here. It also provides links to the AlzSWAN Knowledge Base (see separate website listing) and its tutorials, and a collection of special seminars, on-line journal club discussions, recorded talks and other presentations that describe a variety of scientific hypotheses about the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.
Keywords: aging, Alzheimer, biomedical research, brain, collaborative, drugs, full text, informatics, links, networking, neurology, neuroscience, news, ontology, RSS feed, scientist, video
Provider: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
Descriptions: The Health section of AARP's website provides very user-friendly coverage of health care issues like Medicare and other insurance, health care reform, drug costs, and how to talk to one's physician. It contains tools for checking drug interactions, a pill identifier, information on diseases, conditions, signs and symptoms, caregiving, brain health (including brain games) and more.
Keywords: brain, consumer health, disease, drugs, general health, general medical reference, healthcare policy, healthcare system, Medicare/Medicaid, popular