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.

Topic Categories

Committee Members

  • Maria Angela Franceschini, Massachusetts General Hospital, United StatesChair
  • Spencer Smith, University of California Santa Barbara, United StatesChair
  • Anna Devor, University of California San Diego, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Darcy Peterka, Columbia University, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Gemma Bale, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Erin Buckley, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • David Busch, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, United States
  • Patrick Drew, Pennsylvania State University, United States
  • Valentina Emiliani, CNRS and UPMC, France
  • Sinem Erdogan, Acibadem University
  • Qianqian Fang, Northeastern University, United States
  • Emily Gibson, University of Colorado Denver, United States
  • Ute Hochgeschwender, Central Michigan University, United States
  • Luca Pollonini, University of Houston, United States
  • Balazs Rozsa, Inst Exp Medicine, Hungarian Acad Sci, Hungary
  • Sava Sakadzic, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Lin Tian, University of California Davis, United States
  • Hana Uhlirova, Institute of Scientific Instruments, Czech Republic

Chairs

Maria Angela Franceschini

Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
Chair

Spencer Smith

University of California Santa Barbara, United States
Chair

Anna Devor

University of California San Diego, United States
Program Chair

Darcy Peterka

Columbia University, United States
Program Chair

Sponsors

OSA - The Optical Society

Gold Sponsor

Light Conversion