SfN-SG Newsletter Issue 96 | 10 Aug 2021 | Hoki Fung, Editor
Message from the President

Neuroscience Singapore 2021-2022:
Mini-symposium Invitation

Dear SfN-SG Members,

Thanks to your enthusiastic participation last year, the Society for Neuroscience (Singapore Chapter) hosted four events with over 200 members joining each one. Following last year's successful events, we are once again planning to organize a new series of mini-symposia from Oct 2021 - April 2022. Our aim, as it was last year, is to foster interactions between local and international neuroscientists. The series will be headlined by a half-day annual symposium highlighting neuroscience research across the island (in late Nov/early Dec, stay tuned for more on this!).

Each mini-symposium will comprise one international (30' + 10') and up to two local (15' + 5') speakers and will be structured around a cohesive theme. The mini-symposiums could either be completely virtual or in a hybrid format with live-cast and a small in-person audience at each venue, as permitted by safe-distancing regulations.

We now extend an invitation to all members to propose potential themes and speakers of interest for the mini-symposia. To propose a theme and/or be involved in organizing a mini-symposium, please click the button below and fill out a quick (1 minute) form. The committee will consider your suggestions and follow up with you. In line with the chapter’s goals, we ask you to pay particular attention to the diversity of the representation, and inclusion of early-career researchers in your speaker selection. Graduate students and post-doctoral speakers (or organizers) are especially welcome! We are open to all themes and are looking especially to promote mental health and computational neuroscience this year.

Below are some examples of last year's themes and speakers:
  • Brains in Social Interactions (Leonhard Schilbach, Max Planck and Victoria Leong, NTU)
  • Motivation and Emotion (Joshua Johansen, RIKEN, Erik Cambria, NTU, Phua Siew Cheng, SBIC, A*STAR)
  • Neurotechnology (Yulong Li, Peking University, Kok Hao Chen, GIS, A*STAR, Rosa So, I2R, A*STAR)
Warmest Regards,
Ajay Mathuru, President (Yale-NUS College)
Sarah Luo, Director of Events (IMCB, A*STAR)
Caroline Wee, Director of Seminars (IMCB, A*STAR)
Submit Your Suggestions
Job Opportunities
Research Assistant/Associate, Jun Nishiyama Lab, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

A research assistant/associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jun Nishiyama. His research work focuses on understanding synaptic function and dysfunction in psychiatric disorders using a variety of cutting-edge molecular, genome-editing, and optical techniques.

View the detailed advert on the SfN website >> 
Research Assistant, Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory, Duke-NUS Medical School (Singapore)

The Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory studies the effects of sleep and circadian rhythms on human performance and physiology. The research assistant will assist in running research study protocols, including studies on the effects of sleep behavior on learning, wellbeing, and physiologic responses.

View the detailed advert on the SfN website >> 
Research Assistant Position in Psychology and Neuroscience at Nanyang Technological University

The School of Social Sciences at NTU is looking for a candidate to join them as a Research Assistant. He or she will be an integral member of a research lab that advances research in understanding the neurocognitive processes underlying the belief in deceptive information.

View the detailed advert on the SfN website >> 
Research Assistant Position in Neurobiology of Memory and Neurodegeneration at Duke-NUS Medical School

The Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Program at Duke-NUS Medical School seeks to appoint a Research Assistant with a background in protein biochemistry and/or molecular neuroscience.

The project is a collaboration between the Claridge-Chang lab at Duke-NUS Medical School and the Manser lab at IMCB, A*STAR. Research duties will primarily involve the creation of tissue culture models and BioID constructs.

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!
Bulletin Board
Resources: Recordings from Brain Connectivity Workshop 2021 are now available!

This year's Brain Connectivity Workshop was held in May and took on the theme of "What does the mind think of the brain?". Talks in the workshop focus on consciousness and cognition, looking at the tripartite relationship between anatomical connectivity, brain dynamics and cognitive function.

Programme >>   Watch the recordings >>
Subject Recruitment: 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 >>
Subject Recruitment: The PEBBLE Study

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

CSC Seminar Series

Talk: The link between sleep and neurodegenerative disease: insights from neuroimaging and neuropsychology

Presenter: Prof. Sharon Naismith (University of Sydney)

Host: Prof. Michael Chee (NUS)

Details: Zoom link (Meeting ID: 862 8844 1862; Password: 715868)

12 - 1 pm

Centre for Translational MR Research (TMR) Seminar Series

Talk 1: Assessment of mitochondrial function and energy demand in sarcopenia and insulin insensitivity

Presenter: Dr. Mary Stephenson (NUS)

Talk 2: Microsleep and associated changes in respiratory, cardiac, EEG, BOLD signals and functional connectivity

Presenter: Dr. Chun Siong Soon (NUS)

Host: Assoc. Prof. Helen Zhou (NUS)

Details: Zoom link (Meeting ID: 842 2002 7117; Password: 120099)

Two-day Event

7th Congress of AsCNP 2021

"We are pleased to invite you to take part in the 7th Congress of the Asian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (AsCNP) that will be held as a Virtual Congress hosted from Singapore from October 22-23, 2021. The theme of the congress is “Advances in Neuropsychopharmacology: Spotlights on progress and beacons to the future."

Details and Registration: Link

International Events

Recurring Event

Mondays 17:00-18:00 PDT | Tuesdays 08:00-09:00 SGT | Zoom or YouTube

Neuro Zoom - Weekly Neuroscience Research Talks

Organized by Aaron Gitler from Stanford University and Zilong Qiu from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Neuro Zoom inivites two speakers each week to talk about their research. Viewers can join via zoom or watch the talks on their YouTube live channel. The next talks will be on July 20 by Pascal Kaeser from Harvard Medical School and Zhiping Pang from Rutgers University.

Details and Zoom Link >>

Application is now open! Limited Space Available

15 Jul 2021 - 14 Sep 2021 SGT | Online Application

ISN-APSN Behavioural School 2021: Call for Applications

The International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) and the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN) will be hosting the ISN-APSN Behavioural School 2021 on Dec 9-10, 2021 virtually. Application will start on July 15, 2021 and close on Sep 14, 2021. Students who are interested to attend are encouraged to apply early. Bursary for ISN-APSN school is available for qualifying students.

Event Poster and Application >>

Submission is now open!

15 Jul 2021 - 14 Sep 2021 SGT | Online Submission

16th Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry: Call for Abstract Submission for Poster and Oral Presentation

The 16th Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry is going will take place on Dec 13-14, 2021. Abstract submission will open on July 15, 2021 and close on Sep 14, 2021. There will be awards and prizes to be won. Bursary for conference is available for qualifying students.

Event Poster and Application >>

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