This site is a work in progress. It is designed for medical students, residents, physicians and researchers who are interested in the basic neurosciences, or clinical fields such as neurology or neurosurgery. Currently (August, 2005), it consists of the following sections:
Discussion/Bulletin Board System (BBS): The BBS is a forum for discussing a wide variety of subjects, from current research in the neurosciences to advice on how to match into a neurosurgical residency. Most of the forum requires registration in order to post, but anyone can lurk around and read what others have to say. Regardless of whether or not you choose to register, I personally guarantee that I will not release any personal information unless forced by law to do so, just as I would guarantee a patient their confidentiality. As long as you don't give anybody a reason to sue me for your identity, I will do my part to maintain your anonymity on this site.
Bookstore: Currently, the books I have listed are only books which I have personally read and recommend. In the future, I may place other books which are recommended by users of this site or by others whom I believe to be reliable sources (e.g., the neurosurgeons at my institution). Each book on this site has a brief review and a link to Amazon.com where you can purchase the book. Yes, I receive a commission from any book you buy by clicking on the link, and no, it doesn't cost you any more to do it this way. I don't expect to actually generate much revenue this way, but it's an easy way for you to get some good books and me to make a couple extra bucks. I'm currently supporting this entire site from my own wallet, so if you plan on buying the book anyway, showing your support by buying it via one of my Amazon.com links is appreciated.
Calendar: This is meant to be a calendar of events of interest to the neuroscience community and particularly to medical students: neuro-related conferences, important match or application dates, etc. At the moment, I believe that any registered user can post to the calendar, so feel free to post anything of interest, even if it's just a neuro-related TV show schedule.
Classifieds: This is probably the most likely piece of the site to end up being a failure, but I figured that it can't hurt to try. The idea here is for students to post ideas for research or simply their availability to work on research, and for active investigators to post offers of research possibilities or a request for specific help with their research. So, if you really want to do research on visual processing, you would post a message with your pertinent data, such as research experience, education level, work availability, etc. On the other hand, if you have a lab and you need somebody to help write a paper (e.g., do a literature search, write an outline or a draft of your paper from raw data, or to actually do hands-on work in your lab), then you would post a message with your requirements (e.g., experience required, time committment required, etc.), the type of research you're doing, whether or not it requires physical presence in your area, etc. The more people who know about this, the more likely it is to work, so if you think this is a good idea, make sure and let people know. Send an email to your neuroscience professor, your neurology department, neurosurgery department, or whomever else you think might get some use out of it.
Links: I don't have this set up yet, so I'm currently "borrowing" somebody else's links by simply linking to his site (Dr. Eric Chudler at the University of Washington). In the relatively near future, I hope to set up a page with my own links, one of which will most likely be Dr. Chudler's site, since it is quite comprehensive.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome. The time I have to dedicate to this site is somewhat limited, but I will do my best to keep the site up to date, and I will continue improving it with time. Take a look around, and please feel free to contribute!