The world’s largest neuroscience community will virtually gather January 11-13, 2021 to share the latest developments in brain research. SfN Global Connectome: A Virtual Event, the brand-new digital gathering hosted by the Society for Neuroscience, will feature thousands of presentations on brain function, health, and disease, covering topics such as empathy, sleep, gut-brain interactions, machine learning, new tools and technology, and more.

Press registrants will gain access to the entire event, plus:

  • Press-exclusive Q&A sessions with top speakers (see below)
  • A press conference featuring unpublished, high-impact manuscripts from SfN Journals JNeurosci and eNeuro
  • Press materials providing a rich assortment of sources for both quick news hits and feature stories

Media may register for SfN Global Connectome at:

Media will be able to attend press-exclusive Q&A sessions with the following panels:

Sleep-Specific Characteristics Supporting Development, Learning, Memory, and Cognition Across Ages and Species

Scientific Panel: Monday, January 11, 2:15-3:30 p.m. EST

Press-Exclusive Q&A: Monday, January 11, 4-4:30 p.m. EST

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Presenters: Gina Poe, University of California, Los Angeles; Mark S. Blumberg, University of Iowa; and Lisa Marshall, University of Lübeck

Scientists know sleep is essential for development, learning, and cognition, but they don’t yet know how or why. This panel will explore the latest discoveries about the states and features of sleep that connect and reshape the nervous system in ways that being awake cannot.

Why Pain Matters

Plenary Session and Discussion: Wednesday, January 13, 10-11 a.m. EST

Press-Exclusive Q&A: Wednesday, January 13, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

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Presenters: Irene M. Tracey, Oxford University; Victoria E. Abraira, Rutgers University; and Massieh Moayedi, University of Toronto

One in five Americans will experience chronic pain, yet it is still treated as an erroneous symptom and not its own disorder. This panel will highlight the unique neural profile of chronic pain and how underlying issues in sensory pathways contribute.

The Power of a Cross-Species Approach to the Neuroscience of Empathy

Scientific Panel: Wednesday, January 13, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

Press-Exclusive Q&A: Wednesday, January 13, 12:45-1:15 p.m. EST

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Presenters: Christian Keysers, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and University of Amsterdam; Ewelina Knapska, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Claus Lamm, University of Vienna; and Marta A. Moita, Champalimaud Foundation

Comparing empathy across different species has the power to reveal both how brain activity creates empathetic experiences and behavior, and the evolutionary history of these intriguing elements of our social nature. This panel will dive into potential evolutionary explanations for empathy, like avoiding pain and danger, and what we can learn about human empathy by studying rats and fruit flies.

Media are required to register for credentials in order to access press conferences, embargoed media material, and events. View SfN’s credentialing policy.


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