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2017 Neuroscience Travel Awards

Bellevue, WA / Cambridge, MA – August 2nd, 2017: DRVISION and Interstellate launched today the “2017 Neuroscience Travel Award”. The new award aims to highlight, support and honor examples of outstanding imaging prowess in the field of neuroscience. High quality 3D cellular imaging allows neuroscientists to learn how different neuron types connect to one another, how they transfer information, create memories and allow us to interpret the world around us. A clearer picture of how neurons and neuron circuits develop and function will help scientists better understand brain related disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others.

Anna Beyeler, Tye Lab, MIT

The top three candidates will receive a stipend (total value of $600 USD) towards the cost of attending a major neuroscience conference in 2017. In addition, the awardees will see their submitted 3D microscopy images featured in the upcoming Volume 2 of Interstellate.

The winners of the award will be announced on the first day of the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (11th-15th of November 2017) which will take place in Washington, DC.

The awardees will be selected by the combined vote of the public and the judging panel which is composed of Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit front man, mental health advocate), Dana Simmons (neuroscientist and artist), Dr. Hamed Mirzaei (scientist and founder), Anne Martin (neuroscientist and designer), Samantha Yammine (neuroscientist and scicomm advocate), Dr. Uri Manor (biophotonics expert, microscopist, scientist and photographer), Dr. Luciano Lucas (award co-promoter, scientist, microscopy technology expert, AI and VR), Caitlin Vander Weele (award co-promoter, neuroscientist, Interstellate founder and curator).

About Interstellate: What happens to all the images generated from failed experiments? Typically, nothing. They are stored away for no one to see or appreciate. This is where Interstellate steps in. Interstellate is an outreach initiative aimed at promoting neuroscience awareness through art. Fellow neuroscientists from all over the world have donated their beautiful brain images to Interstellate for educational purposes. Volume 1 debuted in 2016 and print copies are supported by corporate sponsorship. For more info and to review Interstellate Volume 1, visit

About DRVISION: a world leader in multi-dimensional multimodal image visualization, analysis and interpretation. Founded in 1999, it has accumulated 50 patents in a range of computer vision technologies such as machine learning, pattern recognition and particle tracking. DRVISION has developed and deployed professional solutions for industry customers in a wide range of markets, including biomedical research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, digital pathology, industrial manufacturing and quality control. Its flagship software, Aivia, is geared to solve many cell biology and neuroscience applications, including fast automated 3D neuron and spine analysis. In the field of microscopy life sciences, it is the first and only tool that combines the latest in automated image processing, fast machine learning and pioneering image visualization (i.e. virtual reality). For more information, visit


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