Optics and the Brain

03 - 06 April 2018
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, Florida United States

Topic Categories

  1. Optics in the Human Brain
    • Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and diffuse optical tomography (DOT)
    • Wearable systems
    • Brain computer interfaces
    • Intrasurgical brain optical imaging
    • Fiber-optic probes, spectroscopy and endoscopic imaging
    • Optical modulation of the human central nervous system
    • Retinal neuroscience
    • Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy.
    • Speckle contrast.
    • Quantifying blood flow.
    • Vascular and Metabolic modelling.
    • Functional activations.
    • Clinical applications.
    • Translational optical agents (optogenetics, calcium indicators, molecular probes)
  2. Rethinking Scan Patterns and Shaping Light
    • Light sheet microscopy
    • Wavefront engineering
    • Adaptive optics
    • Structured illumination
    • Temporal focusing
    • Non-gaussian beam shaping (Bessel, Doughnut, Airy, etc...)
  3. Structural and super-resolution techniques
    • Resolution improvement techniques
    • Fluorophores design and optimization
    • Use of super-resolution
    • Particle tracking
    • Molecular and biophysical processes
  4. Analyzing Circuitry, Network Function and Information Processing
    • Model systems for network studies
    • Hybrid theoretical-experimental approaches to network analysis
    • Models of network inference
    • Imaging strategies optimized for network analysis
    • Decyphering functions from activity data
    • Multiscale imaging of brain activity
    • Functional Microscopy
    • Wearable microscopes
    • Hybrid electrical/optical microscopy.
  5. Optogenetics, Genetic Encoding, and novel probes
    • Optrode and electrode hardware for excitation and / or recording
    • Use of miniature microscopes with optogenetics
    • Genetically encoded calcium and voltage indicators
    • Novel forms of functional contrast
    • New genetic strategies for optogenetics
    • Modeling and overcoming scatter in optogenetics
    • Challenges of scaling up optogenetics to non-human primates
  6. Scattering, clearing, and wavefront engineering
    • Advances in Light sheet microscopy
    • Novel techniques for in-vivo and in-vitro whole-brain imaging and actuation
    • Zebrafish, Drosophila and similar small organisms
    • Clearing techniques and structural imaging, animal to human
    • Optical data management and analysis strategies
    • Multiphoton strategies for deeper imaging
    • Adaptive optics strategies
  7. Physiology and Brain Disease
    • Application of optical imaging strategies to Alzheimer’s, stroke, epilepsy etc.
    • Models of brain disease and optical tools
    • Photothrombosis
    • Optical therapeutics
    • Photodynamic therapy
  8. Big Data Tools (Collection, Management, Reduction, Analysis)
    • Rapid imaging strategies
    • Serial slices imaging
    • Large field-of-view and space-bandwidth microscopes
    • Compression strategies
    • Data management tools
    • Machine learning
    • Software tools and data formats
  9. Optical hybrids
    • Photoacoustics / optoacoustics
    • Acousto-optic approaches
    • Acoustic modulation of neural activity
    • Combined optical / PET / CT / MRI
    • Combined electrical/optical