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Brain Windows is a blog devoted to reporting, analyzing and interpreting the latest results in the field of brain imaging technologies, particularly at the levels of systems, circuits, single cells and below. Occasionally, your host may post novel, primary data not suitable for formal publication to support his analysis. Your host is Andrew Hires, who first studied Brain and Cognitive Sciences as an undergrad at MIT. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in Neurosciences in the lab of Roger Tsien at UCSD. This was followed by a brief post-doc with Loren Looger at Janelia Farm where he developed G-CaMP3 with Lin Tian. He then did a post-doc with Karel Svoboda studying cortical circuits governing tactile sensory processing in the mouse. In January of 2014, the Hires Lab opened at the University of Southern California.

Brain Windows was recently covered in Science 2.0 : You Say You Want a Revolution in the HHMI Bulletin.

For a more complete philosophy of this blog, see my Freedom of Scientific Information post.

PhD Thesis of Andrew Hires : Design, Development, and Use of Genetically-Encoded Fluorescent Reporters of Neural Activity

CV of Andrew Hires (Jun 2013)

If you are interested in becoming a guest contributor to Brain Windows send me an email.

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14 responses

7 03 2007
dave

so you actually gave in: “[i] may post novel, primary data” online! are we now watching the new form of scientific data dissemination unfold?

7 03 2007
andrewhires

In biology, underreporting of failed or confirmatory experiments is a limiting factor in the spread of scientific knowledge between labs. I think a blog will be an appropriate forum for data that is not suitable for publication on its own and will probably never make it into print otherwise. Hence, blogging seems like a potential solution to the underreporting problem.

As for whether this will work, you can’t know the answer without doing the experiment. So let’s do one. :)

26 03 2007
Prerana

Hey! nice website u have here! was good seeing u at the cold spring harbor meeting- hope u made it to san diego fine! i like the idea of posting negative primary data in the blog, which I can see, in near future, being of big help to scientists who may otherwise waste resources carrying out the same experiments and failing at them. will chip in more comments later.
cheers!

18 06 2007
christophe

I was very excited to see this blog appearing… Unfortunately seems quite dead now ?

Cheers,

Christophe

8 11 2007
Graham Ellis-Davies

Andrew
your weblog is very nice.
I found it by googling “Brainbow”.
my weblog is: cagedcalcium.blogspot.com
keep up the good work,
cheers
Graham

21 03 2008
Michael

Hello Andrew,

You site is great, a lot of great stuff!! =)

I saw here on your blog that youre using some photos from http://www.tsienlab.ucsd.edu.
Do you know who i can contact if i want to use them on my (not yet build) site too (for an small article)? Hope you can help me because they have no email adress on their site.

Best regards,
Michael

9 12 2008
Cynthia Haggard

Hi Andrew,

Congratulations on your blog which I heard about via HHMI bulletin. It is great that you are doing this. I studied neuroscience in grad school and still miss it. Looking forward to catching up on your blog!

Best regards, Cynthia.

11 05 2010
Fresh

Hey! nice website u have here! was good seeing u at the cold spring harbor meeting- hope u made it to san diego fine! i like the idea of posting negative primary data in the blog, which I can see, in near future, being of big help to scientists who may otherwise waste resources carrying out the same experiments and failing at them. will chip in more comments later.cheers!
+1

16 05 2010
Korey

Fantastic stuff!

30 05 2010
Andrés

Nice blog Andrew !!!

I’m also a neuroscientis, but not terribly used to blogs… I found yours by chance, but I’ll be visiting it often… thanks !!!

20 06 2010
marta

Hi Andrew, since I still miss the time I spent in San Diego, Today I was looking at the Tsien lab website and at the links- and I saw your website:
it’s great, congratulations! Marta

25 11 2010
Per M Knutsen

Thanks for stopping by at SfN and mentioning your blog. I was expecting an RSS feed here but cant find one. Can you add it? – Per

30 01 2011
David Omer

Find this blog very interesting. Is it still alive?

2 02 2011
andrewhires

still alive, blogging is somewhat incompatible with a productive research career though.

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