Sloan-Swartz Centers for Theoretical Neurobiology

Annual Summer Meeting 2004

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Plimpton Conference Room

July 22-26, 2004


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Session I:  Thursday, July 22, 7:30-9:45 pm - Small networks

7:30-8:30 pm Shawn Lockery, Oregon - When the worm turns: Neuronal and theoretical analysis of spatial orientation in the nematode C. elegans

8:30-8:45 pm Break

8:45-9:15 pm Astrid Prinz, Brandeis - Different combinations of synaptic and intrinsic parameters lead to similar network output - a brute force study of a central pattern generator circuit

9:15-9:45 pm Kanaka Rajan, Brandeis - A model of temperature invariance for circadian rhythms


Session II:  Friday, July 23, 9:00 am-12:05 pm - Optimization
9:00-10:00 am Rahul Sarpeshkar, MIT - Hybrid Computation with Spikes

10:00-10:45 am Chuck Stevens, Salk

10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00-11:45 am Mitya Chklovskii, CSHL - Synaptic connectivity & neuronal morphology: 2 sides of the same coin
11:45-12:05 pm Quan Wen, CSHL - White-gray matter segregation


Session III:  Friday, July 23, 2:00-4:30 pm - VIsion

2:00-2:35 pm Kukjin Kang, NYU - Orientation discrimination and transient responses in V1

2:35-3:10 pm Tatyana Sharpee, UCSF - Adaptive receptive fields increase information transmission: study in cat V1

3:10-3:25 pm Break

3:25-3:55 pm Greg Horwitz, Salk - How separable are V1 receptive fields in color, space, and time?

3:55-4:30 pm Uri Hasson, NYU - From features to natural scenes: Topographic organization and functional properties of high-order object areas

4:30 pm Wine and Cheese


Session IV:  Friday, July 23, 7:30-9:40 pm - Vision

7:30-8:05 pm Andy Henrie, NYU - Visual stimulation of gamma band activity in V1 cortex

8:05-8:35 pm Mark Changizi, CalTech - The structure of letters over history matches that found in objects in natural scenes 

8:35-8:50 pm Break

8:50-9:20 pm Ueli Rutishauser, CalTech - Single-unit activity in the human hippocampus-amygdala complex during visual recognition memory

9:20-9:40 pm Stephanie Palmer, UCSF - Conductance fluctuations and inhibitory gain combine to yield contrast invariant responses in a simple model of cat V1 neurons

 Session V:  Saturday, July 24, 9:00 am -12:10 pm - Large networks

9:00-10:00 am David McCormick, Yale - TBA

10:00-10:35 am David McLaughlin, NYU - Fluctuations and population density analysis of cortical networks

10:35-10:50 am Break

10:50-11:25 am Tim Lewis, NYU - The effects of dendrites on synchronization in networks of fast-spiking interneurons

11:25-12:00 pm Souheil Inati, NYU - New approaches to image reconstruction in MRI

Session VI:  Saturday, July 24, 2:00-5:05 pm - Plasticity

2:00-2:45 pm Loren Frank, UCSF - Activity and plasticity in the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex
2:45-3:15 pm Larry Abbott, Brandeis - Models and functions of scale-invariant adaptation

3:15-3:45pm Patrick Drew, Brandeis - Multiple Time-Scales of Adaptation in Neural Systems

3:45-4:00 pm Break

4:00-4:30 pm Bart Krekelberg, Salk - Speed Adaptation in Macaque MT

4:30-5:05 pm Katrin Schenk, UCSF - Probing genetic differences in the temporal structure of behavior


Session VII:  Saturday, July 24, 7:30-9:50 pm - Decision making

7:30-8:15 pm Carlos Brody, CSHL - Flexible control of the dynamics of mutual inhibition: a simple neural model of sequential discrimination

8:15-8:35 pm Christian Machens, CSHL - A simple method for building line attractors models out of networks of nonlinear neurons

8:35-8:50 pm Break

8:50-9:20 pm Alireza Soltani, Brandeis - Reward based decision making

9:20-9:50 pm Chung-Chuan Lo, Brandeis -  A recurrent neural network model of decision choice readout


Session VIII:  Sunday, July 25, 9:00-11:50 am - From genes to behavior

9:00-10:00 am Rene Hen, Columbia - TBA
10:00-10:30 am Mee Choi, CalTech - Quantifying autophosphorylation of CaMKII

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-11:30 am Alexei Koulakov, CSHL - Neural development as optimization process

11:30-11:50 am Mitya Tsigankov, CSHL - Activity and competition in surgically manipulated retinotectal/collicular maps


12:00-2:00 pm Lunch; Center directors meeting


Session IX:  Sunday, July 25, 2:00-5:30 pm - From genes to behavior

2:00-2:30 pm Alfredo Fontanini, Brandeis - 7-12 Hz rhythmic activity in rat insular gustatory cortex during trained self-administration of water

2:30-2:50 pm Adam Kepecs, CSHL - Inter-areal coordination during olfactory discrimination in rats

2:50-3:20 pm Joe Sneider, Salk

3:20-3:35 pm Break

3:35-4:20 pm Terry Sejnowski, Salk - Interaction of Intrinsic Sub-threshold Oscillations with Synaptic Input in Cortical Neurons

4:20-5:05 pm Stephen Lisberger, UCSF - Sensory-motor processing: what are we trying to model?

5:05-5:40 pm Leslie Osborne, UCSF - Reproducibility and variability in smooth pursuit


6:00 pm Cocktails


7:00 pm Banquet


Session X:  Monday, July 26, 9:00-11:30 am - From genes to behavior

9:00-9:30 am Luca Finelli, Salk

9:30-10:00 am Alexander Kraskov, CalTech

10:00-10:15 am Break

10:15-10:45 am Sam Musallam, CalTech - Cognitive Control Signals for Neural Prosthetics

10:45-11:30 am Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, CalTech - Invariant high-level visual representations by single neurons in the human brain


Meeting concludes


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