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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Plenary Speakers

Steven Chu, Stanford Univ., USA

Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA

Laura Waller, Univ. of California Berkeley, USA

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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Abstract and Summary Submission 6 December 2016 12:00 EST
Abstract and Summary Submission 6 December 2016
Hotel Reservation 1 March 2017 23:59 EST
Hotel Reservation 1 March 2017
Advanced Registration 2 March 2017 00:59 EST
Advanced Registration 2 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, Title to be Announced, Invited

Mark Schnitzer, Stanford University, United States, Title to be Announced, 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, Title to be Announced, Invited

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

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