Photons and Neurons

27th Symposium: June 3-6, 2010

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All talks & discussion sessions were held in Goergen Hall, University of Rochester, River Campus

Thursday, June 3

7:30 - 10:30 PM Registration & Welcome Reception, Staybridge Suites (Rapids Room)


Friday, June 4

8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast, Munnerlyn Atrium

8:45 AM Welcome, Ania Majewska

Session I: Imaging Central Circuits
Chair: Krystel Huxlin

9:00 - 9:45 AM Eyal Seidemann, Univ. of Texas at Austin
Real-time optical imaging of neural population responses in the visual cortex of behaving monkeys: insight on population coding

9:45 - 10:30 AM Zachary Mainen, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme
Reading out neural circuits for decision-making in the rat

10:30 - 11:00 AM Break (Refreshments will be served), Munnerlyn Atrium

11:00 - 11:45 AM Samuel Wang, Princeton University
Widespread shifts in activity patterns in the cerebella of locomoting mice

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Maiken Nedergaard, University of Rochester
In vivo imaging of non-neuronal brain cells

12:30 - 1:00 PM Discussion Session

1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch, Munnerlyn Atrium

Session II: Advances in Optical Imaging
Chair: Maiken Nedergaard

2:00 - 2:45 PM Eric Betzig, Janelia Farm

2:45 - 3:30 PM Chris Xu, Cornell University
Technology development for deep tissue multiphoton imaging

3:30 - 4:00 PM Break (Refreshments will be served), Munnerlyn Atrium

4:00 - 4:45 PM Lihong Wang, Washington University
Photoacoustic tomography: breaking through the optical diffusion limit

4:45 - 5:30 PM Bart Borghuis, Janelia Farm
Dissecting rodent retinal circuits with a genetically encoded calcium indicator

5:30 - 6:00 PM Discussion Session

6:00 - 9:00 PM Posters - Reception/Dinner, Munnerlyn Atrium


Saturday, June 5

8:00 AM Breakfast, Munnerlyn Atrium

Session III: Imaging the Senses
Chair: David Williams

9:00 - 9:45 AM Tim Holy, Washington University
Outnumbered no more: deciphering olfactory coding using fast three-dimensional calcium imaging

9:45 - 10:30 AM Austin Roorda, UC Berkeley
Exploring vision in living eyes on a cellular scale

10:30 - 11:00 AM Break (Refreshments will be served), Munnerlyn Atrium

11:00 - 11:45 AM Donald Miller, Indiana University
Probing photoreceptor activity using adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Joseph Carroll, Medical College of Wisconsin
Imaging the human retina - development & disruption

12:30 - 1:00 PM Discussion Session

1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch, Munnerlyn Atrium

Session IV: Imaging Visual Cortical Circuits
Chair: Ania Majewska

2:00 - 2:45 PM Rafael Yuste, Columbia University
Two-photon mapping and manipulation of neocortical circuits

2:45 - 3:30 PM David Fitzpatrick, Duke University
Imaging the experience-dependent emergence of functional circuits in visual cortex

3:30 - 4:00 PM Break (Refreshments will be served), Munnerlyn Atrium

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Anna Roe, Vanderbilt University
Imaging attention in the brain: optical imaging studies of area V4 in awake, behaving macaque monkeys

4:45 - 5:30 PM Mark Hübener, Max Planck Institute, Martinsried
Structural plasticity of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in mouse visual cortex

5:30 - 6:00 PM Discussion Session

6:00 - 7:00 PM Posters

7:30 - 9:30 PM Dinner, George Eastman House


Sunday, June 6

8:00 AM Breakfast, Munnerlyn Atrium

Session V: Controlling Neurons with Light
Chair: Tony Movshon

9:00 - 9:45 AM Richard Kramer, UC Berkeley
Non-genetic photochemical tools for controlling neural activity with light

9:45 - 10:30 AM Ed Boyden, MIT
Controlling brain circuits with light: enabling integrative analysis and engineering of neural systems

10:30 - 11:00 AM Discussion Session

11:00 - 11:45 AM Break (Refreshments will be served), Munnerlyn Atrium

Keynote Address

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Jeff Lichtman, Harvard University
Connectomics in the developing nervous system

12:30 - 1:00 PM Wrap-up Discussion Session, Tony Movshon

1:00 - 1:15 PM Closing Remarks

1:45 PM Barbecue at the home of David & Inger Williams, Fairport, NY


Supported by the National Eye Inst. R13EY020691 and the Center for Visual Science

Organizing Committee
Ania Majewska, University of Rochester
David Williams, University of Rochester
Tony Movshon, New York University