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Auditory System
July 8-13, 2012
Bates College
Lewiston, ME
Chair:
Dan H. Sanes

Vice Chair:
Ruth Anne Eatock

Related Meeting Information
The Auditory System Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Auditory System Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Auditory System GRS web page for more information.

The 2012 Auditory System Gordon Research Conference (GRC) will explore a set of interconnected themes that address how this system first emerges, how it is shaped by experience, and ultimately represents a complex acoustic environment. The conference will bring together a diverse group of scientists who will share their most recent findings, from the molecular mechanisms of hair cell transduction to auditory perception. Some of the specific sessions include the maturation of function, peripheral and central filtering, noise exposure & deprivation, multisensory integration, encoding and decoding acoustic signals, repair & plasticity, and vocal communication. In addition to the invited speakers, several short talks will be selected from amongst the submitted abstracts. All participants will also be able to share their results during highly interactive poster sessions each afternoon and following the evening sessions.

The conference will take place in a rural and collegial setting, with a schedule designed to stimulate facilitate discussion, both during and after the formal presentations. There will be ample opportunity for informal conversations and brainstorming sessions during the free afternoons and at shared meals. All attendees, including invited speakers, are urged to stay for the duration of the meeting. Junior investigators are also invited to gather for a smaller Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) preceding the GRC, where ~40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will exchange ideas with each other and with a small number of senior investigators who will be available for scientific feedback and career advice. Together, the Auditory System GRC and GRS will provide a superb environment for participants to establish new collaborations and learn how their own work intersects with contemporary research in the hearing sciences.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmFrom Ears to Aural Communication
Discussion Leader: Lisa Goodrich (Harvard Medical School)
7:45 pm - 8:10 pmAnthony Ricci (Stanford University)
"The intrinsic properties of the hair cell mechanotransducer channel"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:45 pmPeter Narins (UCLA)
"High-end audio: Neuroethology of ultrasonic communication in amphibians"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmAndrew Oxenham (University of Minnesota)
"Perception and neural representations of pitch: Implications for speech and music perception"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBottom-up and Top-down Development
Discussion Leader: Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh (University of Washington)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJohn Brigande (Oregon Health & Science University)
"Experimental Embryology of the Mouse Inner Ear"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amGwenaelle Géléoc (Children's Hospital Boston)
"Development of transduction in hair cells of the inner ear"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amAdrián Rodríguez-Contreras (The City College of New York)
"Patterns of electrical activity in tonotopic maps during hearing development"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:20 amLisa Goodrich (Harvard Medical School)
"Assembling circuits for the perception of sound"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:40 amThomas Coate (NIH/NIDCD)
"Guidance of SGN peripheral axons by secreted Semaphorins"
11:40 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amRachel Clemens-Grisham (Oregon Health and Science University)
"Polarized membrane protein sorting mediated by Ap1b1 in sensory hair cells"
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmMark Wallace (Vanderbilt University)
"Development and Plasticity in Multisensory Representations - A Multidisciplinary Perspective"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 1
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Vulnerabilities of Ear and Brain
Discussion Leader: Dwayne Simmons (UCLA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmWilliam Sewell (Harvard Medical School)
"Rescue of cochlear function following acoustic trauma"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmSteven Green (University of Iowa)
"The hair cell lashes out: trauma to the afferent synapse -- studied in an 'ear in a dish'"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDwayne Simmons (UCLA)
"Calcium binding protein regulation of hearing loss"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:05 pmBradley May (Johns Hopkins University)
"Impact of early noise exposure on synaptic development in the ventral cochlear nucleus"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFiltering and Modulation of Sensory Signals
Discussion Leader: Thanos Tzounopoulos (University of Pittsburgh)
9:00 am - 9:20 amElizabeth Olson (Columbia University)
"Intracochlear pressure and voltage measurements that inform the basis for cochlear tuning and amplification"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amHarunori Ohmori (Kyoto University)
"Neural differentiation that underlies the tonotopic specialization of time coding nuclei of NM and NL in the bird"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amLeonard Kaczmarek (Yale University School of Medicine)
"Short- and long-term regulation of potassium channels in brainstem nuclei by auditory stimulation"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:20 amLaura Hurley (Indiana University)
"Neuromodulatory plasticity in the auditory midbrain"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:40 amTamara Perez-Rosello (University of Pittsburgh)
"Synaptic Zn2+ Controls Neurotransmitter Release via a Zn2+-Sensing Receptor that Triggers Endocannabinoid Synthesis"
11:40 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amDaniel Meliza (University of Chicago)
"Hierarchical emergence of selectivity and tolerance in the auditory cortex of European starlings"
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmAlexander Reyes (New York University)
"Cortical circuitry underlying balance of excitatory and inhibitory inputs in auditory cortex"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 1
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmProcessing and Plasticity
Discussion Leader: Robert Shepherd (University of Melbourne)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAndrej Kral (Medical University Hanover)
"Developmental plasticity of the auditory system"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmDaniel Polley (Harvard Medical School)
"Gain-of-function in central auditory circuits: an analysis of intrinsic and learning-based plasticity"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmKasia Bieszczad (University of California at Irvine)
"Representational Plasticity in Primary Auditory Cortex Supports the Strength of Auditory Memory"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:05 pmLina Reiss (Oregon Health and Science University)
"Changes in pitch perception with combined acoustic and electric stimulation"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEncoding and Decoding Sensory Signals
Discussion Leader: Ranulfo Romo (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
9:00 am - 9:20 amSteven Colburn (Boston University)
"Binaural processing"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amManuel Malmierca (The Institute of Neuroscience of 'Castilla y Leon')
"Functional mechanisms that mediate stimulus-specific adaptation in the auditory thalamus and midbrain"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amKathleen Cullen (McGill University)
"Information Transmission and Detection Thresholds in Early Vestibular Processing: Implications for the Coding of Self Motion"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:20 amBenedikt Grothe (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)
"Some news on the dynamics of binaural processing"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:40 amMarc Ford (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)
"Fine Tuning the Conduction Velocity of Bushy Cell Axons"
11:40 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amPeter Bremen (University of California at Irvine)
"Weighting Spatial and Spectrotemporal Cues for Auditory Scene Analysis"
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmSteven Lomber (The University of Western Ontario)
"Cerebral Contributions to Acoustic Motion Processing"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 2
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMultisensory Integration
Discussion Leader: Steven Lomber (The University of Western Ontario)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmYale Cohen (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
"Neural correlates of auditory identity and decision-making"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmDora Angelaki (Washington University Medical School)
"A probabilistic approach to multisensory integration"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmLizabeth Romanski (University of Rochester Medical Center)
"Vocalization and Face Processing in the Ventral Prefrontal Cortex"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRepairing the Transducer and Processor
Discussion Leader: Elba Serrano (New Mexico State University)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJennifer Stone (University of Washington)
"Factors limiting hair cell regeneration in the vestibular organs of mature mice"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amCharley Della Santina (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine)
"Restoring semicircular canal function with a multichannel vestibular prosthesis - preclinical findings and scientific opportunities"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amMark Warchol (Washington University School of Medicine)
"Sensory Regeneration in the Avian Inner Ear: Insights from Genomic Studies"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:10 amRichard Rabbitt (University of Utah)
"Modulation of Synaptic Vesicle Release by Infrared Pulses"
11:10 am - 11:15 amDiscussion
11:15 am - 11:25 amKurt Chonko (Case Western Reserve University)
"Atoh1 Directs Hair Cell Survival and Differentiation in the Late Embryonic Mouse Cochlea"
11:25 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amRobert Shepherd (University of Melbourne)
"The response of the cochlea and auditory brain to deafness and electric hearing via a cochlear implant"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmAndrew Groves (Baylor College of Medicine)
"The failure of mammalian auditory hair cell regeneration"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 2
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSubstrates of Aural Communication
Discussion Leader: Yale Cohen (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmKamal Sen (Boston University)
"Solving Problems in Auditory Object Recognition in the Model System of Songbirds"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJeffrey Wenstrup (Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy)
"Auditory responses to social vocalizations by amygdalar neurons: basic features and contextual modulation"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmErol Ozmeral (University of North Carolina)
"Asynchronous glimpsing of speech in normal and hearing-impaired listeners"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:05 pmRobert Liu (Emory University)
"From calls to cortex: Studying communication processing from the system to subcellular scale"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 DC 012448 - 01 from NIDCD. 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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