NeuroNex Theory Hub Programs

Our NeuroNex Theory Hub is designed to provide neuroscience research and neuroscience researchers with outstanding theoretical and statistical support, guidance and inspiration. The primary ways we do this is to collaborate with other researchers and to provide them with a vibrant place to come to advance these collaborations. Columbia's NeuroNex Theory Hub brings together researchers with experience in developing and applying advanced statistical and modeling methods and who are embedded in an extensive network of collaborations across the entire field of neuroscience. We do this in part through the programs listed below.

Our NeuroNex programs are sponsored by NSF award DBI-1707398.


NeWS: NeuroNex Neurotheory Workshop Series 

A hands-on workshop for PhD students and Postdocs who want to learn new and advanced techniques in modelling and data analysis. Open to experimentalists and theorists, funded by NSF's NeuroNex initiative. Workshops will be held at Columbia University's Jerome L Greene Science Center.


Upcoming Workshops

Postponed until further notice due to COVID-19: Minni Sun
Understanding the functional and structural differences across excitatory and inhibitory neurons

Postponed until further notice due to COVID-19: Fabio Stefanini
A distributed neural code in the dentate gyrus and CA1


These workshops are intended for PhD students and postdocs who want to learn new and advanced techniques in modelling and data analysis.  During the workshops, attendees will hear about a research project (published or pre-print) followed by a hands-on tutorial. 

Workshops will include a presentation, a tutorial session and lots of time and space for unfiltered in-depth discussions and data hacking sessions.  If possible, participants are therefore encouraged to bring their own data so that they can apply the learned techniques on their own research projects.  

In order to maximize in-depth discussions and hands-on interaction within the group, we are limiting the group size on a first come first serve basis. A limited budget to cover short-travel expenses (e.g., train rides from the tri-state area) is also available. Interested participants should fill out this form.

We encourage participation from female scientists and those belonging to underrepresented minority groups.


Previous Workshops

1/22/2020, 1.30pm-5.30pm: Ella Batty and Matt Whiteway
BehaveNet: nonlinear embedding and Bayesian neural decoding of behavioral videos

2/19/2020, 1.30pm-5.30pm: Shreya Saxena 
Interpretable models of multi-regional calcium imaging data


Questions?  Email [email protected]

The Spring 2020 workshop series was held at Columbia University's Jerome L Green Science Center.

Organizers: Mario Dipoppa, Rainer Engelken, and Ramon Nogueira.

NeWS is funded by NSF's NeuroNex Award DBI-170739.

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Visitors Program

This program supports researchers from academic institutions outside the NYC area (NYC visitors are welcome but do not require support) to visit the Theory Hub. These visitors may be theorists or experimentalists looking to learn new techniques or to collaborate in analyzing and modeling data. To participate, please email Stefano Fusi and Allison Ong with your research interests.


Neuroscience Cloud Analysis As a Service

NeuroCAAS is an open-source scientific resource that uses cloud computing to run powerful modern data analyses. It packages these analyses into fully portable descriptions called blueprints, which can be deployed to analyze data on demand and automatically. Analyzing data with NeuroCAAS
does not require any hardware purchases, installation, or dependency management. The scientific user is only responsible for two things: 1) their data, and 2) a configuration file containing analysis parameters. We provide these services to any interested researcher free of charge.

Access the NeuroCAAS site here

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