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12 April 2021 – 16 April 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Pacific Daylight Time (UTC - 07:00)
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.


  • 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

  • Anna Devor, Boston University, United StatesChair
  • Darcy Peterka, Columbia University, United StatesChair
  • Pablo Blinder, Tel Aviv University, IsraelProgram Chair
  • Erin Buckley, Georgia Institute of TechnologyProgram Chair
  • Wesley Baker, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, United States
  • Stefan Carp, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
  • Christian Crouzet, University of California Irvine, United States
  • Kevin Dean, UT Southwestern, United States
  • Michèle Desjardins, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Mamadou Diop, Western University, Canada
  • Adam Eggebrecht, Washington University in St Louis, United States
  • Sergio Fantini, Tufts University, United States
  • Silvina Ferradal, Children's Hospital, Boston, United States
  • Ariel Gilad, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jana Kainerstorfer, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
  • Jan Klohs, ETH Zurich & University of Zurich
  • Evelyn Lake, Yale University, United States
  • Hanli Liu, University of Texas at Arlington, United States
  • Luca Pollonini, University of Houston, United States
  • Ikbal Sencan, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, United States
  • Iftach Shaked, University of California San Diego, United States
  • Vivek Srinivasan, University of California Davis, United States
  • Martin Thunemann, Boston University, United States
  • Cam Ha Tran, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
  • Hana Uhlirova, Institute of Scientific Instruments, Czech Republic
  • Abbas Yaseen, Northeastern University, United States
  • Meryem Yucel, Boston University, United States


Anna Devor

Boston University, United States

Darcy Peterka

Columbia University, United States

Pablo Blinder

Tel Aviv University, Israel
Program Chair

Erin Buckley

Georgia Institute of Technology,
Program Chair