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Somatosensation: From Detection to Perception
joint with Pain: Aligning the Target
Organizer(s): Alexander Chesler, Sarah Ross and Daniel O’Connor
Date: February 02 - 05, 2020
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Supported by the Directors' Fund
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Summary of Meeting:
This conference focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie our sense of touch, body position or proprioception, temperature, itch, and pain, collectively called somatosensation. Somatosensation enables us to feel comfort from a gentle caress, enjoy a cool drink of water on a hot day and coordinate physical movement. It helps us to avoid harm by alerting us to potential dangers in the environment. Somatosensory input evokes intense sensations that produce our strongest emotions, like love and pain, and bind experience to memory. Dysfunction in somatosensation results in clinical conditions that causing suffering like chronic itch or pain, and those that impede normal social interaction like attentional impairment, sleep disruption, or despair. The neural circuits and computations that convert somatosensory input into perception are not well known. However, recent advances in molecular genetics, single-cell sequencing, viral tracing, neuroimaging, high-density extracellular recording, and mouse behavioral paradigms are giving rise to breakthroughs in our understanding of the neural basis of somatosensation. This conference will provide a forum for molecular-geneticists, physiologists, behaviorists, and computational scientists using a variety of approaches including in vivo recordings, population imaging, real-time manipulation of neurons in awake, behaving animals, advanced microscopic approaches to understand connectivity, and computational approaches to model somatosensation. Bringing together somatosensation researchers who do not normally have the opportunity to interact will enable new collaborations and idea generation. Our goal is to develop a blueprint for understanding how specific modalities, like touch, temperature, itch and pain, are detected on a molecular level in the skin, transmitted by neurons and experienced as emotion or sensation. We anticipate this meeting will be a landmark event in somatosensory research.
Scholarship Deadline: October 17 2019
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 17 2019
Abstract Deadline: November 22 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: December 4 2019
Abstract submission is now closed. Registered attendees may bring a poster onsite. Please contact our office at +1 800-253-0685; +1 970-262-1230 or email info@keystonesymposia.org if you are interested.


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

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Grant No. 1R13NS113620-01
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13NS113620-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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