Optics and the Brain

12 - 15 April 2015
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver, Canada

The recent BRAIN initiative in the USA, and the Human Brain Project in Europe have highlighted how little we know about the way that the brain works. These initiatives have identified that technologies are urgently needed to better probe the working brain, across all levels from single neurons to entire behaving organisms. Optical tools and techniques have become central to neuroscience and biomedical research, spanning from optogenetics and fluorescent proteins, to in-vivo microscopy and
approaches for human brain imaging. This conference will bring together researchers working in all aspects of optics in the brain and will serve as a forum for discussion of existing and emerging techniques as well as future directions that could be envisaged to shed new light on the healthy and diseased brain.

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Elizabeth Hillman
Columbia University
United States

Francesco Pavone
European Lab for Non-Linear Spectroscopy


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Abstract and Summary Submission 13 January 2015 12:00 EST
Abstract and Summary Submission 13 January 2015
Hotel Reservation 9 March 2015 23:59 EDT
Hotel Reservation 9 March 2015
Advanced Registration 16 March 2015 23:59 EDT
Advanced Registration 16 March 2015
Schedule at a glance
Polina Anikeeva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Invited

Markus Axer, Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH, Invited

Robert Campbell, University of Alberta, Canada, Invited

Joseph Culver, Washington University in St Louis, United States, Invited

Vincent Ricardo Daria, Australian National University, Australia, Invited

Viviana Gradinaru, California Institute of Technology, United States, Invited

Enrico Gratton, University of California Irvine, United States, Invited

Fritjof Helmchen, Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich, Switzerland, Invited

David Kleinfeld, University of California, San Diego, United States, Invited

Michael Lin, Stanford University, United States, Invited

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Congress Special Events

Conference Plenary Session
Monday, 13 April, 08:00 – 10:00

Eric Betzig, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA, PLENARY
Tayyaba Hasan, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, PLENARY
W.E. Moerner, Stanford Univ., USA, PLENARY

Conference Reception
Monday, 13 April, 18:30 – 20:00
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Session
Tuesday, 14 April, 15:30 – 16:30
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

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