Optics and the Brain

12 - 15 abril 2015
Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel , Vancouver, Canada

The recent BRAIN initiative in the USA, and the Human Brain Project in Europe have highlighted how little we know about the way that the brain works. These initiatives have identified that technologies are urgently needed to better probe the working brain, across all levels from single neurons to entire behaving organisms. Optical tools and techniques have become central to neuroscience and biomedical research, spanning from optogenetics and fluorescent proteins, to in-vivo microscopy and
approaches for human brain imaging. 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 that could be envisaged to shed new light on the healthy and diseased brain.

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Elizabeth Hillman
Columbia University
United States


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Schedule at a glance

Eric Betzig, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA, Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution  PLENARY

Tayyaba Hasan, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): A Photochemical Slice of Clinical Biophotonics   PLENARY

W.E. Moerner, Stanford Univ., USA, Pupil Plane Modulation to Extract Information from Single-Molecule Emitters for Super-Resolution Microscopy   PLENARY

Polina Anikeeva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Optoelectronic Probing of Neural Circuits with Multifunctional Fibers, Invited

Markus Axer, Forschungszentrum J├╝lich GmbH, Towards a High-resolution Fiber Model of the Human Brain with 3D Polarized Light Imaging, Invited

Robert Campbell, University of Alberta, Canada, Engineering the Next Generation of Optogenetic Reporters to Illuminate Neuronal Activity, Invited

Lawrence Cohen, Yale University, United States, Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Voltage Indicators (GEVIs) in the Mammalian Brain, Invited

Joseph Culver, Washington University in St Louis, United States, Optical Imaging of Functional Connectivity, Invited

Vincent Ricardo Daria, Australian National University, Australia, Light-neuron Interactions: Key to Understanding the Brain, Invited

Viviana Gradinaru, California Institute of Technology, United States, Visualizing the Activity and Anatomy of Brain Circuits: Optogenetic Sensors and Tissue Clearing Approaches, Invited

Enrico Gratton, University of California Irvine, United States, 3D Orbital Tracking for Super-resolving the Dynamics of Gene Expression, Invited

Fritjof Helmchen, University of Zurich, Switzerland, In Vivo Calcium Imaging of Information Processing in Mouse Neocortex during Behavior, Invited

Timothy Holy, Washington University in St Louis, United States, Label-free Imaging in Deep Tissue at Cellular Resolution, Invited

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Congress Special Events

Conference Plenary Session
Monday, 13 April, 08:00 – 10:00

Eric Betzig, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA, PLENARY
Tayyaba Hasan, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, PLENARY
W.E. Moerner, Stanford Univ., USA, PLENARY

Conference Reception
Monday, 13 April, 18:30 – 20:00
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.

Industry Program
Tuesday, 14 April 10:30 - 13:30
The program includes presenters from the academic, industrial, financial and regulatory world discussing the challenges that exist when taking scientific knowledge from the bench-top to the patient-side. In addition, there will be a pitch panel where entrepreneurs showcase their technology, explain why it's valuable and discuss the next steps to commercialization. Complimentary box lunch will be provided.

Joint Poster Session
Tuesday, 14 April, 15:30 – 16:30
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.

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