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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Neuroscience of Synapses  A stream offered through the Freshman Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. Students engaged in this stream learn to identify, measure, analyze, and three-dimensionally reconstruct neuronal structures including dendrites, axons, synapses, and subcellular components involved in synapse function. Faculty leader: Kristen M Harris. Research educator: Jared B Bowden.


Neuroinformatics Sites

The Neuroinformatics Site  European Union neuroinformatics project coordinated by Eric De Schutter.

WORMATLAS  The database of the neuroanatomy of the nematode C. elegans created by Zeynep Altun and David Hall. This website features many fabulous drawings and micrographs of C. elegans anatomy.


Neuron and Cell Biology Labs

Heuser Lab  The website of Dr. John Heuser's laboratory with many excellent high magnification electron micrographs of synapses and related organelles obtained from plated replicas of rapid frozen material.

Laboratory of Retinal Microcircuitry  3D reconstructions of neurons from the retina. Whole dendritic arbors and cell bodies are reconstructed from ultrathin serial sections.

Neurostereology Laboratory  Mark West's site describing the latest in stereology techniques for analysis of the brain after its sliced up.

Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health  A gallery of microscopy images, including VRML models of intracellular organelles created using the Wadsworth Center's Sterecon 3D reconstruction system.

EM3D  The website of Dr. U. J. McMahan, Professor of Neurobiology and of Structural Biology at Stanford University School of Medicine.  EM3D is a software application designed to facilitate the analysis and visualization of electron microscope (EM) tomography data by cellular and molecular biologists. Such data are collected as a tilt series, a sequence of 2D electron micrographs taken at many tilt angles with respect to the electron beam.


Neuroscience Education

Textbooks  A list of contemporary textbooks on the brain, neuroscience, and synaptic structure and function.

MedicalStudent.com  A digital library of authoritative medical information for all students of medicine.

Dr. Eric Chudler's Homepage  Eric has compiled a huge list of links related to neuroscience and created many pages of general interest. For example:

Neuroscience Education  Pages and pages about all aspects of the brain and neuroscience with hundreds of links to on-line articles and other neuroscience web sites.

Neuroscience for Kids  Lots of educational material about the nervous system. A good resource for both teachers and students.

Brain Facts  Want to know the weight of the brain of a human? whale? elephant? platypus? Or the number of neurons in the brain? Or the composition of the brain? It's all in this concise list of facts about the nervous system.


Tutorials

An Introduction to Electron Microscopy  Everything you always wanted to know about the electron microscope, from the EM Outreach Program at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

Visualization of Dendritic Spines  A brief history of some methods that have been used to observe the small spines that extend from neuronal dendrities.

How to visualize something really small  The basic process of visualizing submicron structures using 3D reconstruction from serial sections.


Whole Brain Anatomy

Digital Anatomist Project  Dissect a digital recreation of the human nervous system using 3D reconstructions created by the University of Washington Health Science Center for Educational Resources.

The Whole Brain Atlas  An atlas of the human brain in health and disease as imaged using tomographic imaging modalities, including magnetic resonance (MR), roentgen-ray (CT), and nuclear medicine. The site includes over 13,000 brain images from 32 cases.

Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections
The combined collections of the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State and the National Museum of Health and Medicine are the basis for this website, featuring photographs of brains of over 100 different species of mammals representing 17 mammalian orders. In addition, the curators are capable of providing stained, serial sections of many of the species in the collections. For example, Dr. Wally Welker provided us with sections of the California sea lion brain from which we obtained this reconstruction.


Science News:
BBC
Discover Magazine
Nature
NY Times
Science Daily
Science Magazine
Science News
Scientific American

Neurosciences on the Internet
Psychological Science on the Net

Organizations:
IBRO
Society for Neuroscience