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  Terminology Development

A significant component of Framework development is the assembling of consensus descriptive terminologies for neuroscience research. These are intended to be used by the Framework project to characterize and to query neuroscience data, neuroscience databases, and other web resources. In the future, such terminologies may aid the development of ontologies for neuroscience and linked areas of biomedicine.

Towards this goal, the Framework will support a range of neuroscience terminology workshops and will integrate development work from prior ones funded by the NIH via the Society for Neuroscience.

Terminology workshops held to date:

  • Invertebrate identified cells (Atlanta, December 2004)
  • Visual system I and II (Weill Cornell, April and July 2005)
  • Hippocampus I and II (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, April 2005; The Allen Institute, May 2005)
  • Mammalian neurons (Casa Natal y Museo de Cajal, Navarra, October 2005)
  • Computational neuroscience and modeling (CNS*06, July 2006)
  • Cerebellar neurooscience (SfN, October 2006)
  • Human neuroimaging (SfN, October 2006)
  • Microscopy & neuronal ultrastructure (UCSD, December 2006)
  • Gastropod molluscs (Seattle, June 2007)

Currently planned for 2007-8:

  • Olfaction: receptors and systems
  • Basal ganglia
  • Neurogenetics
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Drosophila
  • Development/embryology
  • Thalamus


Last Updated August 10, 2007


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