Imaging of a mouse brain.


Brain specifically focuses on cutting-edge research and innovative new tools and techniques that seek to increase fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system.

The USA BRAIN Initiative and the European Human Brain Project 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.

By bringing together an international group of leading engineers, optical and medical scientists, biologists, chemists and physicians, the meeting reflects this topic’s highly interdisciplinary area of research.
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.

Committee Members

Daniel Cote, Universite Laval, Canada , Chair

Joseph Culver, Washington University in St Louis, United States , Chair

Jack Waters, Allen Institute for Brain Science, United States , Program Chair

Erin Buckley, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

Anna Devor, University of California San Diego, United States

Maria Angela Franceschini, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States

Ori Katz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Tim Murphy, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada

Chris Schaffer, Cornell University,

Spencer Smith, Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

Vivek Srinivasan, University of California Davis, United States


Daniel Cote

Universite Laval, CANADA

Joseph Culver

Washington University in St Louis, UNITED STATES

Jack Waters

Allen Institute for Brain Science, UNITED STATES
Program Chair


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