Optics and the Brain

02 - 05 April 2017
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California 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
United States

General Chair
Francesco Pavone
European Lab for Non-Linear Spectroscopy

General Chair
Daniel Cote
Universite Laval

Vice Chair
Joseph Culver
Washington University in St Louis
United States

Vice Chair

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Hotel Reservation 1 March 2017 23:59 EST
Hotel Reservation 1 March 2017
Advanced Registration 2 March 2017 23:59 EST
Advanced Registration 2 March 2017
Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submission 14 March 2017 12:00 EDT
Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submission 14 March 2017
Kwanghun Chung, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Towards Holistic Imaging and Phenotyping of Intact Biological Systems, Invited

Michael Crair, Yale University, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Kevin Eliceiri, University of Wisconsin, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Viviana Gradinaru, California Institute of Technology, United States, On Brain Circuits and Tools: Switches for Locomotion, Reward, and a Viral-based Approach to Non-invasive Whole-brain Cargo Delivery, Invited

Ute Hochgeschwender, Central Michigan University, United States, Bioluminescence-driven Optogenetics, Invited

Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, United States, Probe Neural Circuits with Shaped Light, Invited

David Kleinfeld, University of California San Diego, United States, Toward Deep, Routine Mutiphoton Imaging in the Brain, Invited

Dorian McGavern, Nat Inst of Neuro Disorders and Stroke, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Tim Ragan, Tissue Vision, Inc., United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Balazs Rozsa, Inst Exp Medicine, Hungarian Acad Sci, Fast 3D imaging of neuronal coding in spine, dendritic, and neuronal assemblies in the visual cortex of behaving animals , Invited

Mark Schnitzer, Stanford University, United States, Optical Imaging of Large-scale Neural Codes and Voltage Dynamics in Behaving Animals, Invited

Mikhail Shapiro, California Institute of Technology, United States, Biomolecular Engineering of Reporters and Sensors for Noninvasive Imaging of Cellular Function, Invited

Andy Shih, Medical University of South Carolina, United States, Optical Imaging and Manipulation of Brain Microvessels, Invited

Spencer Smith, Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States, Multiphoton Imaging Across Large Brain Volumes with Subcellular Resolution, Invited

Vivek Srinivasan, University of California Davis, United States, Interferometric Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (iNIRS) Monitors Optical Properties and Blood Flow In Vivo, Invited

Francois St Pierre, Baylor College of Medicine, United States, Two-photon imaging of neuronal voltage dynamics using genetically encoded voltage indicators, Invited

Ilaria Testa, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Title to be Announced, Invited

Hiroki Ueda, The University of Tokyo, Whole-body and whole-organ clearing and imaging with single-cell resolution, Invited

Alipasha Vaziri, Rockefeller University, Title to be Announced, Invited

Ofer Yizhar, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, Optogenetic Interrogation of Local and Long-range Synaptic Connections, Invited

Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Cell Type-based Brain-wide Connectomics , Invited

Sarah Stanley, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, United States

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Congress Special Events

Plenary Session

Monday, 3 April, 08:30–10:30

The Joint Plenary Session will feature a speaker three speakers are general interest to all attendees. 

  • Steven Chu, Stanford University, USANew Probes and Approaches to Optical, Electron Microscopy and Future Applications
  • Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon University, USACell Biophysics and Human Diseases
  • Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, USAComputational Microscopy for High-Throughput Science

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Program

Monday, 3 April, 12:00–13:30

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Bio Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. The program is complimentary for OSA Members and lunch will be provided. There is limited space, please RSVP to attend.

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Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Monday, 3 April, 18:00–19:30

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, 4 April, 15:30 - 17:00

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.