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INCF Teams with West Hub and University of Washington for Fall Short Course

By Kimberly Mann Bruch

The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) has announced a short course called Introduction to Neuroinformatics for October 2-4 at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington, to be held in collaboration with UW and the West Big Data Innovation Hub.

“We are excited to roll out this short course for early career researchers and others interested in gaining skills in the field of neuroinformatics,” said Ariel Rokem, Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Psychology and a University of Washington eScience Institute Data Science Fellow. “Specifically, we designed the course to focus on topics such as theory, methodology, socio-technical issues, and data sharing.”

UW Research Associate Professor and Data Scientist Ariel Rokem serves as the Co-Chair of the Training and Education Committee of the INCF, which will host a short course in October at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The short course will also discuss applications of neuroinformatics to clinical questions as well as topics regarding compliance with global sharing mandates.

The three-day event will take place in-person with 45-minute lectures alongside 40-minute practical experiences for each topic:

  • Introduction to neuroinformatics

  • Introduction to neuroscience and neuroanatomy

  • Data science and reproducibility

  • Human neuroimaging

  • Clinical neuroinformatics

  • Neuroethics, data governance, and international data sharing

  • Microscopic imaging of brain function and structure

  • Introduction to computational neuroscience

  • How to write a data management plan

  • Ontologies and databases

  • Scientific workflows and computational infrastructure

  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning

An international organization aimed at promoting and facilitating the sharing of neuroscience data and resources worldwide, the INCF supports the development of neuroinformatics tools, standards, and infrastructure to enable collaboration and integration of neuroscience research efforts.

The organization was established in 2005 and operates as a non-profit, community-driven organization. Its members include researchers, scientists, and organizations from around the world who are involved in various aspects of neuroscience research, including data sharing, computational modeling, and brain mapping.

Details and registration for the October event can be found at


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