[Neuroscience] AREADNE 2012 Call for Abstracts

john from areadne.org via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by john from areadne.org)
Mon Feb 6 16:29:05 EST 2012

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Research in Encoding and Decoding of
Neural Ensembles

21-24 June 2012
Nomikos Conference Center
Santorini, Greece

info from areadne.org


One of the fundamental problems in neuroscience today is to
understand how the activation of large populations of neurons
give rise to higher order functions of the brain including
learning, memory, cognition, perception, action and ultimately
conscious awareness.  Electrophysiological recordings in behaving
animals over the past forty years have revealed considerable
information about what the firing patterns of single neurons
encode in isolation, but it remains largely a mystery how
collections of neurons interact to perform these functions.

Recent technological advances have provided a glimpse into the
global functioning of the brain.  These technologies include
functional magnetic resonance imaging, optical imaging methods
including intrinsic, voltage-sensitive dye, and two-photon
imaging, high-density electroencephalography and
magnetoencephalography, and multi-microelectrode array
electrophysiology.  These technologies have expanded our
knowledge of brain functioning beyond the single neuron level.

At the same time, our understanding of how neuronal ensembles
carry information has allowed the development of brain-machine
interfaces (BMI) to enhance the capabilities of patients with
sensory and motor deficits.  Knowledge of how neuronal ensembles
encode sensory stimuli has made it possible to develop perceptual
BMIs for the hearing and visually impaired.  Likewise, research
in how neuronal ensembles decode motor intentions has resulted in
motor BMIs by which people with severe motor disabilities can
control external devices.


First and foremost, this conference is intended to bring
scientific leaders from around the world to present their recent
findings on the functioning of neuronal ensembles.  Second, the
meeting will provide an informal yet spectacular setting on
Santorini in which attendees can discuss and share ideas outside
of the presentations at the conference center.  Third, this
conference continues our long term project to form a systems
neuroscience research institute within Greece to conduct
state-of-the-art research, offer meetings and courses, and
provide a center for visiting scientists from around the world to
interact with Greek researchers and students.


The conference will span four days, in morning and early evening
sessions.  Confirmed speakers include experts in the field of
multi-neuron experiment, theory, and analysis (in alphabetic order):

Dora Angelaki (Baylor College of Medicine)
Sliman Bensmaia (U. Chicago)
Davi Bock (HHMI Janelia Farm)
Emery Brown (MIT)
EJ Chichilnisky (Salk Institute)
Anne Churchland (Cold Spring Harbor)
Michael Dickinson (U. Washington)
David Dickman (Baylor College of Medicine)
Catherine Dulac (Harvard University)
Suzanne Haber (U. Rochester)
Michael Hasselmo (Boston University)
Peter Latham (UCL)
Jean Livet (INSERM)
Tirin Moore (Stanford)
John O'Keefe (UCL)
Leslie Osborne (U. Chicago)
Panayiota Poirazi (FORTH / IMBB)
Hans Scherberger (DPZ)
Elad Schneidman (Weizmann Institute)
Idan Segev (Hebrew University)
Peter Strick (U. Pittsburgh)
Tali Tishby (Hebrew University)


We are currently soliciting abstracts for poster presentation.
Submissions will be accepted electronically, and must be received
by 14 March 2012.  Automated email acknowledgment of submission
will be provided, and manual verification will be made a few days
after submission.  Notification of acceptance will be provided by
11 April 2012.

Please see our on-line Call for Abstracts for additional details and
submission templates: http://areadne.org/call-for-abstracts.html 


Nicho Hatsopoulos, Co-Chair
John Pezaris, Co-Chair
Catherine Ojakangas
Yiota Poirazi
Thanos Siapas
Andreas Tolias


For further information please see the conference web site
http://www.areadne.org or send email to info from areadne.org.

Dr. J. S. Pezaris
AREADNE 2012 Co-Chair
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114, USA
john from areadne.org

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