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Image Contest Winners Announced

An image in the shape of a ram's head filled with purple, pink, yellow and green dots.

Photo contest winner: First place went to Washington University's "Thinking about a Greener Future."

Winners of the 2021 Show Us Your BRAINS! Photo and Video Contest—which showcases cool, eye-catching images from BRAIN scientists—were announced June 16. 

Winning photos are:

Grassy-looking clumps of purple, green, orange and blue with a white, thin spear cutting through the middle

Photo contest second place went to "Model of Mouse V1 with a Neuropixels Probe"

First Place: “Thinking About a Greener Future.” Allen Yen, Washington University School of Medicine. Mouse brain showing green AAV-transduced cells in the cortex and hippocampus. Neurons are labeled red and nuclei are blue.

Second Place: “Model of Mouse V1 with a Neuropixels Probe.” Barry Isralewitz, John Stone, Mariano Spivak, Kael Dai, Josh Siegle, Emad Tajkhorshid, Anton Arkhipov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Allen Institute. Rendering of a model of mouse primary visual cortex with a Neuropixels probe was created using a new tool, Visual Neuronal Dynamics.

A golden-colored line with dendrites flaring out, against a black background

Third place went to "Neuron on Fire"

Third Place: “Neuron on Fire.” Olesia Bilash, NYU. Hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neuron in the mouse, recorded from the distal dendrite using patch clamp electrophysiology. The recorded location is visible as the gap in the dendrite. The neuron was filled with biocytin during recording and immunostained with streptavidin-647 post hoc. Confocal image was filtered using ImageJ.

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