Brain Scientists Take Over D.C.

Neuroscience 2011 is the big event for brain scientists. Starting Saturday, more than 30,000 scientists from around the world are expected to converge on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., to present and discuss cutting-edge research on the brain and nervous system.

This is my sixth time attending (as a member of the press, not a brain expert), and I love to soak up the enthusiasm and cheerful argumentitiveness of these passionate folks. And boy, do I learn a lot. The event is organized by the people at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), whom we work with on many projects, especially Brain Awareness Week (BAW). On Saturday, we'll be presenting during the Brain Awareness campaign meeting, at 3 pm in the Convention Center's Room 151.

There is always a ton of new research at the conference; some of it is incremental or not-yet-ready-for-publication, but don't be surprised if you see a lot of news stories on brain topics this weekend.

We'll be blogging from the event over the next few weeks, but if you want to follow an up-to-the-minute feed hop onto Twitter: The official conference hashtag is #sfn11. Nature is planning a lot of coverage, starting at its blog Action Potential and via Google+. If you're interested in specific topics, you might follow one of SfN's official neurobloggers, who are focusing on various themes, from nervous-system disorders to history and teaching.

–Nicky Penttila

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