Image Credit: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University

 

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

Optics offers a unique toolkit for multiscale imaging and manipulating the living and intact brain. New strategies provide optical measures of neural function and tools such as optogenetics enables the control of cellular function with light. Novel methods also enable unraveling the molecular, genetic, structural and connective properties of the nervous system from super-resolution to whole organism scales.  

By bringing together an international group of leading engineers, optical and medical scientists, biologists, chemists, neuroscientists 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 in both model systems and humans 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.

Topics

  • Optical hemodynamic imaging and neuro-vascular interactions
  • Hybrid and multimodal approaches to neuroimaging
  • Novel reporters and actuators, optogenetics, bioluminescence
  • Mesoscopic, microscopic, and endoscopic imaging of neural structure and function
  • Light shaping in the brain, holography
  • Tissue scattering, clearing and de-scattering
  • Superresolution microscopy and nanoscopy of the nervous system
  • Data analysis, machine learning, and image processing
  • Closed loop optical neural interfaces
  • Analyzing circuitry, network function, and information processing
  • Optics and brain disease
  • Dissemination and commercialization of BRAIN technologies

Committee Members

  • Nozomi Nishimura, Cornell University, United StatesChair
  • Shy Shoham, NYU Langone Health, United StatesChair
  • Maria Angela Franceschini, Massachusetts General HospitalProgram Chair
  • Spencer Smith, University of California Santa Barbara, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Erin Buckley, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
  • Kwanghun Chung, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Patrick Drew, Pennsylvania State University, United States
  • Ute Hochgeschwender, Central Michigan University, United States
  • Michael Lin, Stanford University, United States
  • Darcy Peterka, Columbia University, United States
  • Luca Pollonini, University of Houston, United States
  • Alipasha Vaziri, The Rockefeller University, United States

Chairs

Nozomi Nishimura

Cornell University, United States
Chair

Shy Shoham

NYU Langone Health, United States
Chair

Maria Angela Franceschini

Massachusetts General Hospital,
Program Chair

Spencer Smith

University of California Santa Barbara, United States
Program Chair

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