Join neuroscientists Letisha Wyatt, Jane Roskams, and Maryann Martone as they delve into the challenges neuroscience has faced regarding data storage, management, and sharing. They discuss the historical transition from analog to digital data, the complexities of neuroscience data, and paths forward to foster more sound data stewardship for the larger scientific community.
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Pathways to Enhance Rigor: A Collection of Conversations is a part of the Society for Neuroscience’s (SfN’s) Foundations of Rigorous Neuroscience Research (FRN) program. This program is supported by the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), grant number 5R25NS112922-02. The FRN program is designed to inform and empower neuroscientists at all career levels to enhance the rigor in their research and the scientific culture at large.
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Letisha Wyatt, PhD
Letisha R. Wyatt is an assistant professor of neurology and the director of diversity in research in the research and innovation office of Oregon Health and Science University. Wyatt currently oversees the development and implementation of academic/professional programs for research trainees from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. She is a former bench neuropharmacologist with a strong record of mentorship in the laboratory and classroom. Wyatt has also served as faculty in the Oregon Health and Science University Library and the Center for Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR), working together with scientists and staff to plan for current and future information and data management needs.
Jane Roskams, PhD
Jane Roskams is a professor in the center for brain health at the University of British Columbia and in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Washington. Roskams was previously the executive director at The BRAIN Commons, chief scientific officer and co-founder at Cascadia Data Federation, and a professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests lie in the development and regeneration of the nervous system. Roskams earned her PhD in neuroscience from the Penn State College of Medicine and completed her postdoctoral training in neuroscience and neuropathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Maryann Martone, PhD
Maryann Martone is a professor emerita at the University of California, San Diego, where she maintains an active laboratory. She started her career as a neuroanatomist, specializing in light and electron microscopy, but her research for the past 15 years has focused on neuroinformatics. She led the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience, as well as the NIDDK Information Network (dknet). She is the current Chair of the Governing Board for the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility and a founder of SciCrunch, a technology start creating tools to help publish reproducible science.