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.

View the complete list of Topic Categories.
 


Elizabeth Hillman Elizabeth Hillman
Columbia University
United States

General Chair
Francesco Pavone Francesco Pavone
European Lab for Non-Linear Spectroscopy
Italy

General Chair
Daniel CoteDaniel Cote
Universite Laval
Canada

Vice Chair
Andrey Sukhorukov Joseph Culver
Washington University in St Louis
United States

Vice Chair

View full Committee List
 
Schedule at a glance
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

View All Invited Speakers

Congress Special Events

Plenary Session

Monday, 3 April, 08:30–10:30
Bel Aire Ballroom, Lobby Level

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
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor


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.

Sponsored by 


Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Monday, 3 April, 18:00–19:30
Fairbanks Ballroom, Lobby Level


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.

Grant Writing Workshop for Young Investigators

Tuesday, 4 April, 07:00 – 08:30
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor

Join the leaders of the OSA Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Technical Group, Paul Campagnola and Kyle Quinn, for a workshop aimed at helping young investigators develop competitive grant proposals. The workshop will cover how to properly construct a specific aims page for National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health grants, with both good and bad examples being provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own grant proposals to the workshop as assistance in reviewing and improving the proposals will be offered. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as breakfast will be provided. Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

Sponsored by 


 

Strategies for Commercialization and Dissemination of Non-Clinical Optical Technologies

Tuesday, 4 April, 12:15–14:00
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor


This panel discussion and networking luncheon will discuss and debate the best ways to get your latest invention into the hands of other researchers and end-users. Although the path for medical technologies involves complex clinical trials and FDA approval, technologies for research applications such as microscopes and fluorescent proteins can be much more rapidly translated and can provide rapid, high impact for scientific research. There are many approaches: in-lab support, open-source dissemination, start-ups, or licensing, each with their own pros and cons. After an introduction to the topic we will hear viewpoints and experiences from a range of successful translators and industry experts followed by a panel discussion. There will then be an opportunity for small group discussions and networking. Students and post-docs welcome! A free lunch will be provided to the first group of attendees.


Joint Poster Session

Tuesday, 4 April, 15:30 - 17:00
Fairbanks Ballroom


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.

OSA Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology Technical Group Networking Event

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 18:00–19:00
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor


Join members of the Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology Technical Group for a chance to learn more about this group while connecting with your peers and colleagues in the community over refreshments. Steven Neale and Peter Reece, who lead this OSA Technical Group, will be hosting this networking event for members on Tuesday evening. An RSVP is requested for this technical group event; please contact TGactivities@osa.org to register.

Sponsored by 



Bridging Medicine and Biomedical Technology: Enhancing Translation of Fundamental Research to Patient Care Special Session

Wednesday, 5 April, 08:30–10:00
Bel Aire Ballroom Ballroom, Lobby Level


This special all-congress session will briefly introduce the fundamentals of translational research and highlight, through two examples of important clinical problems, the challenges to overcome by physician scientists in order to identify, develop and bring to clinical practice novel biomedical technologies that provide relevant solutions.
One example in dermatology features the development of novel diagnostics for cellulitis. Cellulitis is a common and costly bacterial infection of the skin. Currently there are no objective diagnostics and therefore diagnosis depends on clinical exam alone. However, due to the many clinical mimics of cellulitis, misdiagnosis of cellulitis occurs in over one-third of patients. The misdiagnosis of cellulitis leads to unnecessary hospitalization, overuse of antibiotics, and over half a billion dollars in spending per year. Strategic approaches to develop novel diagnostics include non-invasive optical techniques and minimally invasive skin sampling, however significant technical challenges remain.

The other example in ophthalmology presents a new surgical procedure to prevent the development of high myopia. Briefly, the mechanism behind high myopia is an over-elongation of the eye during its growth period. This elongation can be halted by modulating the biomechanical properties of the growing sclera - in particular, by inducing crosslinks in the extracellular matrix. Several approaches have been made to induce those scleral crosslinks, all with certain difficulties.

The panel discussion that will conclude the session will give an opportunity for audience to ask questions and engage the dialogue with other participants and the speakers.  Find out more about this panel here.