SfN-SG Newsletter Issue 87 | 08 Jun 2021 | Hoki Fung, Editor
Featured Research
An fNIRS Investigation of Masculinity, Femininity, and Sex on Nonparents’ Empathic Response to Infant Cries

By Xinyao Ng et al.
Published on 14 May 2021 in Brain Sciences.
This week's featured study elucidates the intricate mechanisms of empathic response to infant cries and investigates the role sex, masculinity, and femininity play in moderating such response. Using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), a group of researchers from NTU measured nonparent participants’ mPFC response to infant cries of different pitches. Read the full research article >>
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Neuroscience Researchers in Singapore
"Can the blind see again? How can I help someone who is paralyzed to walk again? Will a locked-in patient be able to communicate again?

These are the questions that fuel my passion in neuroscience research, and I hope to tackle them with the help of brain-machine interfaces.

My vision is to one day see brain-machine interfaces becoming ubiquitous, aiding in our daily life.
My stint in NUS and experiences in various research laboratories have allowed me to peek into the sphere of neuroscience research. These experiences have also landed me a position in EPFL as I pursue my Ph.D under the co-supervision of Professor Diego Ghezzi and Professor Christophe Moser, where I will be modelling the retina.
I am passionate about brain-machine interfaces, artificial intelligence, and computational neuroscience in general and am always ready for a fun discussion. You can find out more about me on my website."
- Franklin Leong, Research Assistant at N.1 Institute for Health | Email  LinkedIn  Website
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Job Opportunities
🆕 Research Assistant/Associate Position at NTU LKCMedicine

The NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine invites applications for a research assistant/associate (as per qualification) position in the Centre for Population Health Sciences to work on a collaborative project between LKC MED, NCID, and NNI that investigates the long-term cognitive outcomes in patients recovering from COVID-19.

View the detailed advert on the SfN website >> 
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Machine Learning and Brain Imaging at National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore invites applications for a research fellow position (post-doctoral fellowship) in the Multimodal Neuroimaging in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Laboratory (MNNDL), Center for Sleep and Cognition and Center for Translational Magnetic Resonance, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

View the detailed advert on the SfN website >> 
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke-NUS Medical School

The laboratory of Dr. Mian Cao in the Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders (NBD) Program at Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School (Duke-NUS) in Singapore has one position opening for NRF-NUS postdoctoral fellowship (2-year). The lab is looking for young scientists with strong enthusiasm and interest in neurodegeneration research, particularly in molecular and cellular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease.

View the detailed advert on the SfN website >> 
More Job Opportunities
If you know of any collaboration/job opportunities that you would like to share with other neuroscience researchers in Singapore, send us the details!
Recruitment of Research Participants
An fMRI Investigation of Hot and Cool Executive Functions in Adults with ADHD

The Clinical Brain Lab at NTU is recruiting individuals aged 21 to 40 who are clinically diagnosed with ADHD to participate in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study that aims to identity the neural correlates of social reward processing. The study will take place at NUS.

For more information >>
The PEBBLE Study: Understanding Bilingual and Biliteracy Development

The PEBBLE Study at NTU/NIE is recruiting bilingual children aged 7 to 8 to participate in a study that aims to understand bilingual and biliteracy development. Children will complete a series of computerized language tasks at home or at NTU/NIE.

For more information >>
Neuroscience Events
We would like to say a huge "Thank you!" to everyone who had informed us of any neuroscience events happening locally and internationally. Without you, we would not be able to share these events with over 450 subscribers!

As always, if you are aware of any new events, kindly forward them to <>.

Please see the list of upcoming events below. Newly added events are in green.
Local Events
12-1 pm

NNRIS Bench to Bedside Seminar Series

Talk 1: Investigating α-Synuclein Regulator for Parkinson's Disease

Presenter: Dr. XIAO Bin, Research Fellow (NNI)

Talk 2: Manifestation of PD Pathology in Human Midbrain Organoids

Presenter: Asst. Prof. Alfred SUN (Duke-NUS and NNI)

Host: Assoc. Prof. LIAO Ping (NNI)

Details: Zoom link (Meeting ID: 963 3763 3881; Password: 067383)

10-11 am

CSC Seminar Series

Talk: Interrogating the role of sex steroid hormones in the human brain

Presenter: Dr. Emily Jacobs (UC Santa Barbara)

Host: Assoc. Prof. Thomas Yeo (NUS)

Details: Zoom link (Meeting ID: 267 6662 854)

8:45am - 12pm

Neuroscience Nursing Seminar

The Commons of Uncommon in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Nursing Seminar is held annually and organised by nursing staff from the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), Singapore.

Program: Link

Registration: Link

Fee: SGD 10 (Inclusive of GST)

International Events

10 Jun 2021 | 14:00-16:30 CEST | 20:00-22:30 SGT | Virtual

YUVEDO Online Conference: NEURO Diseases and Covid-19

"Neurological diseases could increase significantly as a result of COVID-19. Medical, social and economic challenges require decisive action. In the 2nd YUVEDO Online Conference we will deal with the long-term consequences of COVID-19 – and we look forward to a lively participation in the exciting lectures and discussions ahead."

Event details >>

Registration >>

11 Jun 2021 13:00-14:30 MST | 12 Jun 2021 04:00-05:30 SGT | Virtual

24th Annual Children's Neuroscience Symposium, Session One

"The three-session virtual Children’s Neuroscience Symposium takes an evidence-based approach in giving primary care providers (PCPs), advanced practice providers, nursing staff, clinical research scientists and other clinicians a better understanding of complex neurological conditions. Throughout the conference, we will discuss the importance of the PCP’s role alongside the specialist in providing the most comprehensive continuum of care.

The first of three sessions will focus on Neurological and Behavioral Manifestation of COVID-19 in Pediatric and Adolescent Populations."

Event details >>

Registration >>

21 - 25 Jun 2021 | Different Time Zone Tracks Available | Virtual

2021 OHBM Annual Meeting

"The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) is excited to launch an engaging and interactive new approach to the virtual 2021 OHBM Annual Meeting and Educational Courses! The 27th Annual Meeting and Educational Courses of OHBM 2021 will take place over two separate one-week periods beginning on Sunday, May 30th – Friday, June 4th with the Educational Courses and followed by the Annual Meeting to be held Monday, June 21st – Friday, June 25th. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be a memorable and “unconventional convention” full of cutting edge science, education, and networking like you’ve never experienced it before, all put in motion for the human brain mapping community."

Event details and Registration >>

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