This summer, our students commencing on their first year PhD studies at the CIBR, Beijing, had an opportunity to take a glance at the mysterious neuron morphology industry by attending the “SEU-Allen workshop on Neuron Reconstruction and Applications” in Nanjing, China. One primary aim of this international workshop (Held at the Southeast University in Nanjing, China) was to understand the underlying cellular/circuit mechanism of a specific set of neural functions by relating to its neural morphology.
Most talks practically focused on tagging neuron reconstruction with advanced technologies, among which Yimin Wang and Sean Hill presented two wonderful elaborations-----Yimin Wang introduced a novel program tool that can capture three-dimensional neuron structures-----Sean Hill gave a talk on behave of a professional brain research institute which mainly handles multiscale brain modeling with clear neuron and/or cell datasets. Following this, Lijuan Liu offered a strategy for improving imaging qualities with 3D technical tools while Ludovico Silvestri talked about compression strategies for large brain datasets.
This workshop per se, included impactful talks on numerous topics but also had several illuminating side events. Our students actively engaged in discussions on protocols for massive neuron reconstructions, “brainstorming” on seeking an effective way for brain data management. And on how to realize data sharing cross-nationally, one sparking theme consistently argued and asked by scholars today.
Similar to the diverse CIBR crew, this workshop brought experts, scientists and thinkers from various background to collaboratively work on one same goal that is modeling neuron morphologies in a way the neural circuits constraint, and by which the cellular mechanism underlying these connections can finally be unveiled.
However, this event was not just talks and workshops. We had two social events, two after-party on Saturday and Sunday evening at luxury restaurants and an expedition on Monday. Hanchuan Peng was the organizer of the expedition, guiding us a tour to the well-known Mountain Zijin.
Author: Tiezhan Lu; Proofreading: Yao Xiao; Editor: Chaoming Wang