Optics and the Brain

Optics and the Brain

25 - 28 April 2016
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, Florida United States

The US BRAIN initiative and European Human Brain Project in Europe have recognized that gaining a better understanding the brain is a critical frontier in science and medicine. These initiatives have identified the urgent need for new technologies that can probe the working brain, across all levels from single neurons to entire behaving organisms. Optics offers a unique toolkit for multiscale imaging the living and intact brain, while new genetic labeling strategies provide optical contrast to neural function and optogenetics permits the control of cellular function with light. Optics and the Brain is thus an important, highly interdisciplinary area of research that combines broad aspects of neuroscience, biology, medicine, physics, chemistry and engineering.
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 capable of shedding new light on the healthy and diseased brain.

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Elizabeth Hillman

Columbia University

Francesco Pavone

European Lab for Non-Linear Spectroscopy

Daniel Cote

Universite Laval
Vice Chair

Joseph Culver

Washington University in St Louis
Vice Chair

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Robert Alfano, CUNY City College, United States, Invited

Katrin Amunts, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany, Ultra-high Resolution Models of the Human Brain – Computational and Neuroscientific Challenges, Invited

Polina Anikeeva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Optoelectronic and Magnetic Manipulation of Neural Circuits, Invited

Brian Bacskai, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States, Multiphoton Imaging of Structure and Function in Mouse Models of Alzheimer's Disease, Invited

David Boas, Harvard Medical School, United States, Optical Imaging of Oxygen Delivery and Consumption : Guiding Interpretation of BOLD fMRI, Invited

Daniel Cote, Universite Laval, Canada, Imaging, Sensing and Controlling the Spinal Cord, Invited

Joseph Culver, Washington University in St Louis, United States, Mapping Functional Connectivity in Mice and Humans with Light, Invited

Hod Dana, HHMI - Janelia Farm Research Campus, United States, Applications of Red Calcium Indicators for Imaging Neural Activity, Invited

Dimitrios Davalos, Cleveland Clinic, United States, Microglial Responses to Blood Brain Barrier Disruption in Neuroinflammatory Disease, Invited

Patrick Drew, Pennsylvania State University, United States, Optical Dissection of Mesoscale Cerebral Hemodynamics in the Behaving Brain, Invited

Jaime Grutzendler, Yale University, Label-free Confocal Reflectance and 2-photon Microscopy of Myelinated Axons and Microvasculature in Live Mice , Invited

Timothy Holy, Washington University in St Louis, United States, Imaging Deeper with with Single-photon Illumination, Invited

Benjamin Judkewitz, Charité Berlin, Humboldt University, Germany, Deep-tissue Imaging with Time-reversed Light, Invited

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Vanderbilt University, United States, Insight into the Biophysical Mechanisms of Infrared Neural Stimulation, Invited

Wei Min, Columbia University, United States, Optical Imaging of Vibrationally-Tagged Small Molecules for Biomedicine, Invited

Nozomi Nishimura, Cornell University, United States, Cellular Interactions in Neurological Disease: Nonlinear Optics for in vivo Studies, Invited

Arto Nurmikko, Brown University, United States, On Multifunctional optoelectronic Probes for the Brain, Invited

Daniel Razansky, Technical University of Munich, Germany, The Promise of Large-scale Neural Recording with Optoacoustics, Invited

Francois St-Pierre, Baylor College of Medicine, United States, Imaging Neural Electrical Activity with Ultrafast Fluorescent Proteins, Invited

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OSA - The Optical Society