In this week’s Community Newsletter, we’re bringing you highlights from Neuroscience 2022, the 51st annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which took place 12 to 16 November in San Diego, California.
The conference kicked off with a lecture from Ardem Patapoutian, professor of neuroscience at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, titled “How do you feel? The molecules that sense touch.” Patapoutian discussed the Nobel Prize-winning work from his lab that identified and characterized the pressure-activated cation channels PIEZO2 — the principal mechanical transducer for touch, proprioception, baroreception and bladder stretch — and PIEZO1, which plays many mechanosensory roles throughout the body.
“Here is the view from the stage,” Patapoutian tweeted, sharing a picture he took while giving his talk. He also mentioned his favorite encounter: a young attendee who asked if he knew Beyoncé and then just walked away when he said no.
Here is the view from the stage. I want to thank all the graduate students and postdocs who came by to say hi before and after the seminar. My favorite encounter was with the youngest person in attendance who asked if I knew @Beyonce. I said no and she just walked away… https://t.co/H0ElZVMoKm pic.twitter.com/T1rbJQeTGM
— Ardem Patapoutian (@ardemp) November 13, 2022
The main draw of the meeting is all the research being presented, and many autism researchers were tweeting about posters and sessions related to the field.
One study that caught our attention examined brain activity in autistic people and autism mouse models, presented by Marco Pagani, a research fellow at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. “Can we link brain activity to autism etiologies? Can we use those measurements to decompose autism heterogeneity into subtypes? Come and see how we sorted this out with mouse and human fMRI connectivity mapping!” tweeted Pagani. Also, see Spectrum’s video of Pagani at his poster.
Can we link brain activity to autism etiologies? Can we use those measurements to decompose autism heterogeneity into subtypes? Come and see how we sorted this out with mouse and human fMRI connectivity mapping! #sfn2022 #sfn22 pic.twitter.com/tURgjNp3Dp
— Marco Pagani (@MarcoPagani1985) November 13, 2022
Nice. Big step towards miniaturized wearable VR for freely moving animals. https://t.co/ASpkvjCmTD
— Madineh Sarvestani (@madsarv) November 14, 2022
The poster hall was another highlight of Neuroscience 2022. Tuan Chao, assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, tweeted a picture of Maimuna Paul, a postdoctoral associate in Chao’s lab, presenting her poster.
Congratulations to @Maimuna_SP for a superb presentation at #SfN22! Harnessing #fruitfly neurogenetics for #autism #epilepsy disease gene discovery at #DuncanNRI. @UDNconnect @TCHResearchNews @bcmgenetics @bcm_neurosci https://t.co/tNkrNxO50s pic.twitter.com/N9slCdbCpu
— Hsiao-Tuan Chao, MD PhD (@HTChaoLab) November 16, 2022
“It was a great experience presenting at #SfN2022,” tweeted Paul, who described a series of experiments in which she used fruit flies to explore how rare de novo variants in the gene PPFIA3 contribute to autism, seizures, intellectual disability and other delays in children with those mutations. Spectrum featured Paul and Chao in a video about the work at Neuroscience 2022.
— Maimuna Sali Paul (@Maimuna_SP) November 16, 2022
Research aside, the meeting had lighter moments, too. Jonathan Kipnis, professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, shared an amusing interaction he had “in the elevator at #SfN22:”
In the elevator at #SfN22:
– what are you doing here?
Me: what do you mean?
– I thought you only interested in other cells of the brain, not neurons.
Me: if it’s a brain, it’s neuroscience, no?
Me: I won’t argue (to myself: is this 2022 or am I back to my 1st SfN in 1998?)
— Jonathan Kipnis (@jonykipnis) November 14, 2022
The end of the meeting on Wednesday sparked goodbye tweets, such as this one from Megan Lipton, a graduate student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, who wrote that she “closed out my time at #SfN22 watching the sunset and reflecting on the past few months.”
Closed out my time at #SfN22 watching the sunset and reflecting on the past few months. 4 trips, 3 conference presentations, 2 countries, and 1 workshop in less than 4 months. Ready to dive back into experiments and analyze some exciting data! pic.twitter.com/BB0IHIgsse
— Megan Lipton (@lipton_megan) November 16, 2022
That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you saw in the autism research sphere, feel free to send an email to [email protected].
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Cite this article: https://doi.org/10.53053/RJCN3317