Dynamical Neuroscience Satellite Symposium: Closing the Loop

From: Dennis L. Glanzman, Ph.D. (glanzman@helix.nih.gov)
Date: Mon Sep 27 2004 - 21:41:58 CEST

Twelfth Annual
Dynamical Neuroscience Satellite Symposium:
Closing the Loop

Thursday, October 21, 2004  8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, October 22, 2004  8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Preceding the 34th Annual Meeting
of the Society for Neuroscience
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California

From ion channels to networks to behavior, the majority of neuronal processes are in a closed loop, where the input to the system depends on its
output.  In contrast, most in vitro preparations are not.  Thanks to recent advances in real-time computing, we can artificially close the loop and
stimulate the system according to its current state.  Such a closed-loop approach blurs the border between experiments and simulations, and it allows us to peek into the inner workings of the brain that are not accessible by any other means.  This symposium considers neuronal systems ranging from single cells, to small circuits, to the whole organism.  It emphasizes the dynamic clamp approach to study the role of ion channels in orchestrating behavior, and extends this closed-loop concept to networks, neural prostheses and therapeutic interventions. 

Invited Speakers:

Eve E. Marder, Brandeis University, How Good is Good Enough?
Using the Dynamic Clamp to Understand Parameter Regulation in Network Function

Robert Butera, Georgia Institute of Technology, Dynamic Clamp:
Technological Implementations and Algorithmic Development

Gwendal le Masson, INSERM, Paris, Biological-Artificial Interactions:
Evolution of Techniques and Emerging Concepts in Network Neurosciences

Farzan Nadim, Rutgers University, Synaptic Depression Mediates
Bistability in Neuronal Networks with Feedback Inhibition

Alex Reyes, New York University, Controlling the Spread of Synchrony with Inhibition

Shimon Marom, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), Haifa
Learning in Networks of Cortical Neurons

Yang Dan, University of California, Berkeley
Timing-Dependent Plasticity in Visual Cortex

Moshe Abeles, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Spatial and Temporal Organization of Activity in Motor Cortex

Rafael Yuste, Columbia University, Imaging the Spontaneous
and Evoked Dynamics of the Cortical Microcircuit

Theodore W. Berger, University of Southern California, Nonlinear Dynamic Models
of Neural Systems as the Basis for Neural Prostheses:  Application to Hippocampus

Michael Dickinson, California Institute of Technology
The Organization of Visual Motion Reflexes in Flies and their Role in Flight Control

Andrew Schwartz, University of Pittsburgh, Useful Signals from Motor Cortex

Peter A. Tass, Institute of Medicine, Jülich, and University of Cologne, Germany
Model-Based Development of Desynchronizing Deep Brain Stimulation

Keynote Address:

Mayada Akil, National Institute of Mental Health
Putting it All Together:  Schizophrenia, from Phenotype to Genotype and Back

Poster sessions will be held during both days of the meeting.  Program
agenda may be accessed via the NIMH website located at:

For further information, registration and other logistics, contact Matt
Burdetsky at Capital Meeting Planning, Inc., 6521 Arlington Blvd., Suite
505, Falls Church, VA 22042  (703) 536-4993; Fax: (703) 536-4991; E-mail:

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