Image Credit: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University


Optics and the 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

  • Nozomi Nishimura, Cornell University, United States , Chair
  • Shy Shoham, NYU Langone Health, United States , Chair
  • Maria Angela Franceschini, Massachusetts General HospitalProgram Chair
  • Spencer Smith, Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States , Program Chair


Nozomi Nishimura

Cornell University, UNITED STATES

Shy Shoham


Maria Angela Franceschini

Massachusetts General Hospital,
Program Chair

Spencer Smith

Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNITED STATES
Program Chair