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State of the Brain (R1)


Organizer(s) Terrence J. Sejnowski and Sten Grillner
May 22—26, 2016
Alpbach Congress Centrum • Alpbach, Austria
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jan 21, 2016
Abstract Deadline: Feb 23, 2016
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 21, 2016
Discounted Registration Deadline: Mar 22, 2016

Lead Sponsor: Allen Institute for Brain Science

Summary of Meeting:
Recent years have seen rapid advances in our understanding of brain biology, driven in part by the development of novel technologies for studying neural networks. Consequently, major national research programs in the EU and US have been launched that will bring together teams of neuroscientists and engineers with the aim of achieving a major advance in understanding brain function and dysfunction. The challenge is to map the circuits of the brain, measure the fluctuating patterns of electrical and chemical activity flowing within those circuits and understand how they give rise to cognitive and behavioral capabilities. This Keystone Symposia conference brings together investigators from around the world to share their discoveries and to plan future projects in this exciting new era for brain research.

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Conference Program    Print  |   View meeting in 12 hr (am/pm) time


The meeting will begin on Sunday, May 22 with registration from 16:00 to 20:00 and a welcome mixer from 18:00 to 20:00. Conference events conclude on Thursday, May 26 with a closing plenary session from 17:00 to 19:00, followed by a social hour and entertainment. We recommend return travel on Friday, May 27 in order to fully experience the meeting.

SUNDAY, MAY 22

16:00—20:00
Arrival and Registration

Otto Molden Foyer
18:00—20:00
Welcome Mixer
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Otto Molden Foyer

MONDAY, MAY 23

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Individual Hotel
08:30—09:30
Welcome and Keynote Address
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Sten Grillner, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Cornelia Bargmann, Rockefeller University, USA
Understanding Brain Function and Dysfunction

09:30—12:15
International Brain Programs
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Terrence J. Sejnowski, The Salk Institute, USA

Felix Schuermann, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
The EU Human Brain Project

Walter J. Koroshetz, NINDS, National Institutes of Health, USA
State of BRAIN: NIH's Initiative

Mu-ming Poo, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, China
China Brain Project and Non-Human Primate Research

Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
Project MindScope - Big Science, Team Science, Open Science to Understand Mouse Cortex

10:10—10:30
Coffee Break

Otto Molden Foyer
12:15—17:00
On Own for Lunch

12:15—13:00
Poster Setup

Otto Molden Foyer
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Otto Molden Foyer
15:30—16:30
Panel 1: Coordinating International Programs

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Cornelia Bargmann, Rockefeller University, USA

Sten Grillner, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Walter J. Koroshetz, NINDS, National Institutes of Health, USA

Mu-ming Poo, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, China

Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA

Thomas Skordas, European Commission, Belgium

Sharif Taha, Kavli Foundation, USA

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Otto Molden Foyer
17:00—19:00
Discovering Diversity: Identifying Cell Types in the Brain
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA

Botond Roska, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland
Cell Types and Circuits in the Visual System

Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
Genetic Approaches to Brain Circuit Mapping and Cell Type Characterization

Sara B. Linker, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Short Talk: Nuclear RNA-Seq of Single Neurons Reveals Molecular Signatures of Activation Across the Hippocampal Circuit

William Allen, Stanford University, USA
Short Talk: Separately-Coordinated Brainwide Dynamics of Distinct Cell Types during Behavior

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Otto Molden Foyer
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 1

Otto Molden Foyer

TUESDAY, MAY 24

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Individual Hotel
08:30—11:30
The Brain in Action: Large-Scale Monitoring and Manipulating Neurons
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University, USA
Optogenetic Approaches to Neural Circuits

* Mark J. Schnitzer, Stanford University, USA
Reading Neural Codes from a Thousand Neurons in Freely Behaving Mice

Susumu Tonegawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and RIKEN Brain Science Institute, USA
Monitoring and Engineering Memory Engram Cells and their Circuits

Stuart Trenholm, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland
Short Talk: Functional Cortical Connectivity Principles Revealed by Single-Cell-Initiated Circuit Tracing with Rabies Viruses

Kishore Kuchibhotla, New York University School of Medicine, USA
Short Talk: A Synaptic and Circuit Switch for Control of Flexible Behavior

09:50—10:10
Coffee Break

Otto Molden Foyer
11:30—17:00
On Own for Lunch

11:30—13:00
Poster Setup

Otto Molden Foyer
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Otto Molden Foyer
15:30—16:30
Panel 2: Bridging the Gap between Circuits and Behavior

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Mu-ming Poo, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, China

Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University, USA

Mark J. Schnitzer, Stanford University, USA

Susumu Tonegawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and RIKEN Brain Science Institute, USA

Winfried Denk, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany

R. Clay Reid, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Otto Molden Foyer
17:00—19:00
Maps in the Brain: Generating Multi-Scale Neural Circuits
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
Winfried Denk, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Towards a Connectome of the Whole Mouse Brain

* R. Clay Reid, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
Integrating Circuits, Recordings and Behavior

Terrence J. Sejnowski, The Salk Institute, USA
Global Circular Waves in Human Cortex

Zeinab Fazlali, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Iran
Short Talk: Locus Coeruleus Activity and Brain State: Implications for Sensory Coding in Rat Barrel Cortex

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Otto Molden Foyer
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 2

Otto Molden Foyer

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Individual Hotel
08:30—11:30
Advancing Human Neuroscience: Understanding Brain Function and Dysfunction
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
John Donoghue, Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering, Switzerland
Brain Computer Interfaces

Helen S. Mayberg, Emory University, USA
Iterative Strategies to Refine and Optimize DBS for Depression

* Patricia K. Kuhl, University of Washington, USA
What Can Babies’ Brains Tell Us About What it Means to be Human?

Niels Janssen, University of La Laguna, Spain
Short Talk: Whole-Brain fMRI Activity at a High Temporal Resolution: A New Analytic Technique

09:50—10:10
Coffee Break

Otto Molden Foyer
11:30—17:00
On Own for Lunch

11:30—13:00
Poster Setup

Otto Molden Foyer
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Otto Molden Foyer
15:30—16:30
Panel 3: What are the Prospects for Helping Humans with Brain Disorders?

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* John Donoghue, Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering, Switzerland

Helen S. Mayberg, Emory University, USA

Patricia K. Kuhl, University of Washington, USA

Emery N. Brown, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology, USA

Botond Roska, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Otto Molden Foyer
17:00—19:00
Discovering Principles: Theory, Models, Computation and Statistics
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Terrence J. Sejnowski, The Salk Institute, USA

Emery N. Brown, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology, USA
Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia

Sten Grillner, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Multi-Scale Modeling of Neuronal Networks - From Ion Channels to Selection of Behavior

Astrid Prinz, Emory University, USA
Embracing Variability: Ensemble Modeling in Neuroscience

Suresh J. Jesuthasan, LKC School of Medicine, Singapore
Short Talk: Investigating Neural Dynamics in the Zebrafish Habenula

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Otto Molden Foyer
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 3

Otto Molden Foyer

THURSDAY, MAY 26

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Individual Hotel
08:30—11:30
Model Systems: Using Genetics to Deconstruct Neural Circuits
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
Gerald M. Rubin, Janelia Research Campus, USA
A Comprehensive Approach to Understanding the Fly Brain

Florian Engert, Harvard University, USA
From Whole-Brain Data to Functional Circuit Models: The Zebrafish Optomotor Response

* Hideyuki Okano, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
Disease Modeling and Brain Mapping Using Transgenic Marmosets

Ashiq Hussain, Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Germany
Short Talk: Neuropeptides Modulate Female Chemosensory Processing Upon Mating in Drosophila

Justus Kebschull, Cold Spring Harbor, USA
Short Talk: MAPseq: Massively Multiplexed Mapping of Single Neuron Projections by Sequencing of Barcoded RNA

09:50—10:10
Coffee Break

Otto Molden Foyer
11:30—17:00
On Own for Lunch

15:30—16:30
Panel 4: Evolutionary Perspectives in Understanding the Brain

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Sten Grillner, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Gerald M. Rubin, Janelia Research Campus, USA

Florian Engert, Harvard University, USA

Cornelia Bargmann, Rockefeller University, USA

Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Otto Molden Foyer
17:00—18:45
Big Data: Analyzing High-Dimensional Brain Datasets
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
* Sten Grillner, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Joshua T. Vogelstein, Johns Hopkins University, USA
NeuroData: Enabling Petascale Neuroscience

Sean Hill, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Neuroinformatics: From Big Data to Knowledge Discovery

18:45—19:00
Meeting Wrap-Up: Outcomes and Future Directions (Organizers)

Erwin Schrödinger Hall
19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Otto Molden Foyer
20:00—23:00
Entertainment
Entertainment is not subsidized by conference registration fees nor any U.S. federal government grants. Funding for this expense is provided by other revenue sources.

Otto Molden Foyer

FRIDAY, MAY 27

 
Departure


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Keystone Symposia thanks our Lead Sponsor for generously supporting this meeting:

Allen Institute for Brain Science
 

We gratefully acknowledge support for this conference from:


Directors' Fund


These generous unrestricted gifts allow our Directors to schedule meetings in a wide variety of important areas, many of which are in the early stages of research.

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We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:

The Kavli Foundation

We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:


National Institutes of Health

Grant No. 1R13NS096939-01

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