Coronal view of 20-µm thick section of a mouse brain


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

  • Daniel Cote, Universite Laval, Canada , Chair
  • Joseph Culver, Washington University in St Louis, United States , Chair
  • Erin Buckley, Emory University, United States
  • Michael Crair, Yale University, United States
  • Hod Dana, HHMI - Janelia Farm Research Campus, United States
  • Anna Devor, University of California San Diego, United States
  • Mamadou Diop, Western University, Canada
  • Maria Angela Franceschini, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
  • Timothy Holy, Washington University in St Louis, United States
  • Ori Katz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Tim Murphy, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada
  • Chris Schaffer, Cornell University, United States
  • Shy Shoham, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Spencer Smith, Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
  • Vivek Srinivasan, University of California Davis, United States
  • Francois St-Pierre, Baylor College of Medicine, United States
  • Jack Waters, Allen Institute for Brain Science, United States
  • Meryem Yucel, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Bio. Im, United States


Daniel Cote

Universite Laval, CANADA

Joseph Culver

Washington University in St Louis, UNITED STATES


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