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Neuroscience 2021: What To Watch on Day 3

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While Neuroscience 2021’s in-person offering was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the conference is still going ahead online November 8-11.

The ease of switching between online sessions – and the Society for Neuroscience’s (SFN) dedicated session planner – makes finding specific topics straightforward. However, there are still a dizzying number of plenaries, symposia and posters to sift through. Here, we pick a few highlights from day three of the conference. All times CST.

M06 - Glia — The Glue Holding Memories Together

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, November 10

Once thought of as mere support cells, our understanding of the central role that non-neuronal cells, such as astrocytes and oligodendrocytes play in our brain molecular mechanisms has leapt forward in recent years. This fascinating minisymposium will look the role of glia in the formation of memories, featuring experts from Stanford University, the University of Lausanne and The Autonomous University of Barcelona.

M40 - Spatial Transcriptomics Methods for Cell Type Identification in the Central Nervous System (CNS) — Methods and Analysis

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM, November 10

Spatial transcriptomics is a hugely exciting technology that promises to make complex tissues and brain areas easier to interrogate. The burgeoning research using this technique will be reviewed in this minsymposium, which also promises to act as a “forum for discussing data generation, processing and analysis methods.”

A02 - 50th Storytelling Session — Oh Sh*t — Great Scientists Tell Stories About Their Greatest Failures

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, November 10

Cells refused to plate properly? Unbalanced centrifuge remodeled your lab? Left the antibodies out of the fridge too long? Log into this largely self-explanatory session to hear leading scientists wax lyrical about their own “Oh SH*T” moments.