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20 April 2020 – 23 April 2020 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
11 May 2021

This OSA Meeting was presented in an all virtual, web conference format.

Technical sessions were recorded and are available to registrants for on-demand viewing. [Access recorded sessions.]


The BRAIN 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. 

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. The BRAIN meeting 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.

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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, Yale University School of Medicine, 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


OSA - The Optical Society

Corporate Sponsors

American Elements

Gold Sponsor

Light Conversion

Silver Sponsor



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