U Penn's Neuroscience Boot Camp

For any non-neuroscientists out there who are interested in learning what all the fuss is about, the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania is holding its Neuroscience Boot Camp from August 1-11th. The camp is "a summer institute on neuroscience for professionals and graduate students in law, ethics, education and other fields", and works to give attendees a basic foundation in cognitiva and affective neuroscience, allowing them to be "informed consumers of neuroscience research". I firmly believe that programs like U Penn's are extremely important undertakings, especially as neuroscience continues to receive increasing exposure non-scientific communities. With the powerful neuroscience technologies being developed, it will become critical that non-neuroscientists will be able to differentiate between bogus claims, and legitimate research.

U Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp. Unfortunately space is limited.


Astra Bryant

Astra Bryant is a graduate of the Stanford Neuroscience PhD program in the labs of Drs. Eric Knudsen and John Huguenard. She used in vitro slice electrophysiology to study the cellular and synaptic mechanisms linking cholinergic signaling and gamma oscillations – two processes critical for the control of gaze and attention, which are disrupted in many psychiatric disorders. She is a senior editor and the webmaster of the NeuWrite West Neuroblog