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Check out the latest announcements about the SPARC Portal and the latest news about the SPARC program.

Applications due for oral presentations at the 2022 Gordon Research Seminar on Neuroelectronic Technologies are due Dec. 12, 2021!

The seminar (March 12-13, 2022; Ventura, CA, USA) will focus on identifying challenges and solutions for translating the next generation of neural devices from laboratories to clinics. The seminar will precede the Gordon Research Conference.

July 29, 2021

SPARC presents at Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Scholarly Document Processing

SPARC team presents "Detecting Anatomical and Functional Connectivity Relations in Biomedical Literature via Language Representation Models", a relation extraction system used to expand SPARC’s Connectivity Knowledge Base in the autonomic nervous system.

July 19, 2021

Watch SPARC’s first Fireside Chat!

New NIH SPARC Plug vlog featuring SPARC-funded researchers and their peers discussing their latest scientific discoveries, from the bench to the bedside, and how SPARC Portal resources may help target new therapies for the gut!

July 8, 2021

The SPARC Portal updates for June are now live!

Updates include: the body scaffold viewer now supports permalinks for sharing views, help documents for scaffold viewer, details pages for tools and resources, and numerous bug fixes.

June 11, 2021

Call for 2021 SPARC FAIR Codeathon participants. Application deadline extended to July 6th!

Be a part of the 2021 SPARC FAIR Codeathon (July 12-26). Applications due July 6th. Make SPARC data, tools, & resources more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

June 11, 2021

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for SPARC Human Open Research Neural Engineering Technology (HORNET) Initiative (U41 Clinical Trial Optional)

This initiative is intended to support Biotechnology Resource Centers to develop and disseminate open-source implantable neuromodulation modules and systems for use in human subjects research.

June 4, 2021

Society for Neuroscience 2021 call for abstracts!

Society for Neuroscience 2021 Abstract Submission is open from July 6 to 15. The 50th annual meeting will be held on November 13-17, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.

May 17, 2021

New YouTube Channel!

Subscribe to the new YouTube Channel to find our latest educational webinars, a Portal-walk-through, and SPARC Tools & Technology

April 27, 2021

The SPARC Portal update for April, 2021 is now live!

New and updated features include the display of soon-to-be-available “embargoed" datasets, quick links for users to submit News, Events, Tools, and Resources directly on relevant pages, and additional help documentation.

April 26, 2021

The story of the initiation of the heart beat! New publication from a SPARC multi-university project.

This publication provides insight into the neuronal population controlling a geographic region of the heart that can serve as a framework for further exploration of other parts of the intrinsic cardiac nervous system and for developing targeted therapies.

April 14, 2021