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Neurobiology of Cognition
July 8-13, 2012
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort
Lucca (Barga), Italy

Recent advances have ushered in a new era for neurobiological studies of complex cognitive functions beyond early sensory processing. Human studies using fMRI and electromagnetic measures have identified brain systems and large scale dynamics important for memory, attention, decision making, emotion regulation, and other aspects of cognition. Neurophysiological studies in nonhuman subjects have discovered neural underpinnings of many of these same cognitive functions. Computational models have been developed to elucidate the dynamics and cellular/ensemble properties of the underlying neural networks. Along with continuing rapid progress in each of these traditional areas, there is accelerated progress in neuronal recording studies in monkeys and rodents targeting other high level processes such as task switching and executive control, which were previously only rarely investigated outside of human studies. There is also increasing attention paid to neuronal dynamics such as oscillations and continuing lively debate on whether and how they may contribute to the brain operations underlying cognition. Relevant to all of these issues, recent application of novel experimental and theoretical approaches are beginning to uncover general principles of the networks that guide cognition at a fundamental level. These advances hold the promise of effectively blending molecular and circuit neurobiology with cognitive neurosciences. Findings in this field have begun to provide important insights into the neural bases of normative cognitive function as well as how disruption of these functions underlie a variety of mental disorders.

This recently inaugurated Gordon Conference series provides a forum for researchers and students to exchange data and discuss ideas on cutting-edge issues in the neurobiology of cognition. Given the broad field, each meeting has a somewhat different focus, to facilitate in-depth discussions and at the same time preserve the breadth. The program and format of the meeting are designed to foster intense interactions among investigators from different fields (e.g., between cognitive neuroscientists using human fMRI and neurophysiologists working with behaving animals) or across levels (from cellular and subcellular physiology, microcircuits, to large-scale brain systems), as well as between experimentalists and theorists.


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Check-in Desk Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmOscillations: How do they contribute to cognition?
Discussion Leader: Bob Desimone (MIT)
7:40 pm - 8:30 pmKeynote Speaker: Wolf Singer (Max Planck, Frankfurt)
"Dynamic Coordination of Functional Networks in the Cerebral Cortex: Mechanisms, Development and Psychiatric Diseases"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmJessica Cardin (Yale University)
"Inhibitory Regulation of Cortical Networks"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmInformal Social
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmActive Sensing
Discussion Leader: Charles Schroeder (Columbia University)
9:00 am - 9:25 amRobert Desimone (MIT)
"Prefrontal-Visual Cortex Interactions with Attention"
9:25 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:10 am - 10:30 amMarc Sommer (Duke University)
"Neuronal Circuits for Presaccadic Visual Remapping"
10:30 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:05 amDavid Kleinfeld (University of California, San Diego)
"Neuronal Basis for Object Location in a Scanning Sensorimotor System"
11:05 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:40 amChristoph Kayser (Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen)
"How Vision Enhances Hearing - Studies on Multisensory Processing in the Temporal Lobe"
11:40 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:15 pmPeter König (University of Osnabrück)
"Guidance of Eye Movements"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmSystems Connections
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Groh (Duke University)
5:30 pm - 5:55 pmPascal Fries (Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Frankfurt)
"Attentional Selection through Selective Interareal Synchronization"
5:55 pm - 6:10 pmDiscussion
6:10 pm - 6:35 pmStephanie Clarke (University of Vaudois, Lausanne)
"Connectivity and Plasticity within Auditory Processing Streams"
6:35 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:15 pmOlaf Sporns (Indiana University)
"Network Architecture of Large-Scale Brain Connectivity"
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTemporal Lobe Memory
Discussion Leader: John O'Keefe (University College, London)
9:00 am - 9:30 amMay-Britt Moser (NTNU, Trondheim)
"Brain Maps for Space"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am Coffee Break
10:15 am - 10:45 amA. David Redish (University of Minnesota)
"Deliberation in the Rodent - Just How Vicarious is that 'Vicarious Trial and Error' (VTE) Behavior?"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:30 amJill Leutgeb (UCSD)
"A neuronal code for extended time in the hippocampus"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmEleanor Maguire (University College, London)
"Space, Scenes and Temporal Lobe Memory"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmAging Circuits
Discussion Leader: Lynn Nadel (University of Arizona)
5:30 pm - 5:55 pmScott Small (Columbia University)
"Dissecting the Aging Hippocampal Circuit with Neuroimaging"
5:55 pm - 6:10 pmDiscussion
6:10 pm - 6:35 pmMark D'Esposito (University of California, Berkeley)
"Revisiting Dedifferentiation as a Neural Mechanism Underlying Cognitive Aging"
6:35 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:15 pmCheryl Aine (University of New Mexico)
"So What is Aging, Really?"
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmDecision Making
Discussion Leader: Tatiana Pasternak (University of Rochester)
9:00 am - 9:30 amDaeyeol Lee (Yale University)
"Primate Prefrontal Cortex and Decision Making"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 amCoffee Break
10:15 am - 10:45 amTrevor Robbins (University of Cambridge)
"Neural and neurochemical decomposition of decision-making cognition in humans and other animals"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:30 amLeslie Fellows (McGill University, Montreal)
"Prefrontal Contributions to Decision-Making: Evidence from Humans with Frontal Lobe Damage"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmXiao-Jing Wang (Yale University)
"A neuronal circuit mechanism for rule-based task switching"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMolecular Tools for Circuit Manipulation
Discussion Leader: Edvard Moser (NTNU, Trondheim)
5:30 pm - 6:20 pmKeynote Speaker: Karl Deisseroth (Stanford University)
"Optogenetics: Development and Application"
6:20 pm - 6:35 pmDiscussion
6:35 pm - 7:15 pmWilliam Giudo (Virginia Commonwealth University)
"Dissecting circuits in the visual thalamus using mouse transgenics and optogenetics"
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
8:00 pmDinner
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSocial Cognition
Discussion Leader: Aina Puce (Indiana University)
9:00 am - 9:30 amDavid Poeppel (New York University)
"The cortical architecture of speech perception and its temporal foundations"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 amCoffee Break
10:15 am - 10:45 amRebecca Saxe (MIT)
"It's the Thought that Counts: Neural Signatures of Thinking About Thoughts"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:30 amWinrich Freiwald (The Rockefeller University)
"Written in the Face: Deciphering the Neural Mechanisms of Facial Recognition
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmMichael Platt (Duke University)
"Separate Channels for Self and Other Reward in Primate Prefrontal Cortex"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree Time
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMolecular Genetics and Disease
Discussion Leader: Charlies Schroeder (Columbia University)
5:30 pm - 5:55 pmCatherine French (Champalimaud Center for the Unknown)
"The Role of Foxp2 in the Learning and Performance of Skills"
5:55 pm - 6:10 pmDiscussion
6:10 pm - 6:35 pmAlcino Silva (University of California, Los Angeles)
"Molecular, Cellular and Systems Mechanisms of Memory Allocation"
6:35 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:15 pmRobert Knight (University of California, Berkeley)
"Cognitive Genetics as seen by a non-Geneticist"
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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