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Eye Movements
Gordon Research Conference

The Motor System that Sees the World

Dates

July 7-12, 2013

Location

Stonehill College
Easton, MA

Organizers

Chairs:
Brian D. Corneil & Michele A. Basso

Vice Chairs:
Terrence Stanford & John Van Opstal

Meeting Description

The oculomotor system is an ancient and crucial motor system. It is unique among motor control systems in that we know many details of the circuitry underlying the generation of eye movements, and can measure them with a high degree of accuracy. Classical research focused on oculomotor biomechanics and brainstem control mechanisms continues to provide exciting findings. At the same time this extensive body of knowledge has allowed the field to evolve and expand so that it now includes studies of the central mechanisms underlying higher order processing.

The 2013 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on "Eye Movements: The Motor System that Sees the World", will explore a set of interconnected themes that address how the brain combine information from multiple senses to make decisions on where to look, how the eyes and hands are coordinated, how intrinsic circuits contribute to mediating the interplay between vision and action, and how emerging optogenetic, imaging, and computational techniques continue to advance our understanding of this system. An improved understanding of the oculomotor system promises an improved appreciation and treatment for oculomotor dysfunction, and clinical issues following cortical or subcortical damage will feature prominently throughout the meeting.

The conference will take place in a relaxed and collegial setting, with a schedule designed to facilitate discussions during and after scheduled talks, and during highly interactive posters sessions. All attendees, including invited speakers, are urged to stay for the duration of the meeting. New this year, the GRC will be preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) entitled "Eye Movements: Looking in all the Right Places", which is designed by and for the benefit of trainees (graduate students and post-docs). Together, the GRC and GRS provide a superb environment for scientists at all career stages to share their most novel and exciting findings, and learn about the ongoing work of others.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Eye Movements" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Non-Visual Contributions to Eye Movements
Discussion Leader: Neeraj Gandhi (University of Pittsburgh)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmEric Knudsen (Stanford University)
"Circuit mechanisms of target selection for gaze and attention"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmKathleen Cullen (McGill University)
"Neural correlates of sensory substitution in eye movement pathways"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Neeraj Gandhi (University of Pittsburgh)
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIntrinsic Oculomotor Circuits (session in honor of Bill Hall)
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: Paul May (University of Mississippi Medical Center)
9:05 am - 9:30 amMartha Bickford (University of Louisville)
"Tectothalamic and corticotectal circuits"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amRobert Wurtz (National Eye Institute)
"Corollary discharge circuits for stable visual perception"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:35 am - 11:00 amCarol Colby (University of Pittsburgh)
"SC is more colorful than you think - express saccades to blue targets"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amHarvey Karten (UC San Diego)
"Evolution of visual pathways: Tectofugal and thalamofugal interactions"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:05 pmMayu Takahashi (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
"Properties and significant roles of commissural connections between the superior colliculi for vertical saccades in relation to the vestibuloocular system and Listing's Law"
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Paul May (University of Mississippi Medical Center)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmOrienting in a Multisensory World
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: Douglas Munoz (Queen's University)
7:35 pm - 8:00 pmYoram Gutfreund (Technion)
"Multisensory adaptation and the orienting reflex"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:35 pmJohn McHaffie (Wake Forest)
"Now you see it, now you don't - now you do! Amelioration of lesion-induced visuomotor deficits with cross-modal training"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:10 pmTomokazu Oshiro (University of Rochester)
"Experimental evidence for a divisive normalization mechanism of multisensory integration in macaque area MSTd"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Douglas Munoz (Queen's University)
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRodent Models for Higher-Order Oculomotor Control
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: Sascha du Lac (The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences)
9:05 am - 9:30 amAdam Kepecs (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
"Turning uncertainty into action: confidence reports in humans and rats"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amSiyu Zhang (UC Berkeley)
"Modulation of V1 processing by a top-down projection"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:00 amTansu Celikel (Radboud University Nijmegen)
"Sensory signals for motor control during active navigation"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amMark Segraves (Northwestern University)
"The organization and development of the deep layers of the mouse superior colliculus"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:05 pmJeffrey Erlich (Princeton)
"Cortical contributions to orienting decisions in the rat: surprising homology with primate saccade networks"
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Sascha du Lac (The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBeyond Black Boxes
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: Henrietta Galiana (McGill University)
7:35 pm - 8:00 pmSophie Denève (Ecole Normale Superieure - Paris)
"Spike-based sensori-motor control: how the function constrains the neural tuning, and not vice-versa"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:35 pmEmilio Salinas (Wake Forest)
"Modeling oculomotor choices in an urgent perceptual decision-making task"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:10 pmReza Shadmehr (Johns Hopkins University)
"Movement vigor and the reward system"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Henrietta Galiana (McGill University)
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMore than Pretty Pictures: Imaging the Oculomotor System
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: Paul Gamlin (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
9:05 am - 9:30 amWim Vanduffel (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
"Behavioral and functional network changes induced by electrical and optogenetic stimulation of the frontal eye fields in monkeys"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amPieter Medendorp (Radboud University Nijmegen)
"Oscillatory dynamics of human parietal cortex during saccade planning"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 10:55 amKaty Thakkar (Utrecht University Medical Center)
"Fronto-striatal circuits involved in saccade inhibition and reprogramming"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:30 amDavid McMahon (National Institute of Mental Health)
"One month in the life of a neuron: longitudinal recordings from monkey face patches"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:00 pmMasatoshi Kasai (National Institute for Physiological Sciences)
"Two photon imaging of lateral inhibition in the superficial superior colliculus"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Paul Gamlin (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
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 pmDiseases of the Oculomotor Brainstem
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: David Zee (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
7:35 pm - 8:00 pmJoseph Demer (UCLA Medical Center)
"Compartmentalization of extraocular muscle function in health and disease"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:35 pmAnja Horn-Bochtler (Ludwig-Maxmilians University Munchen)
"Eye movement deficits and correlations with brainstem neuropathology in degenerative diseases"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:10 pmMelody Huang (University Hospital Zurich)
"Doomed to move the eyes: Nystagmus in fish and men"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by David Zee (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEye-Hand Coordination
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: Douglas Crawford (York University)
9:05 am - 9:30 amBijan Pesaran (New York University)
"A role for coherent neural activity in coordinating visually-guided behavior"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amMelanie Wilke (University Medicine Goettingen)
"Non-human primates for disorders of spatial decision making"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:00 amLarry Snyder (Washington University School of Medicine)
"Two arms are better than one - bimanual control in the monkey"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amMary Hayhoe (University of Texas Austin)
"Predictive saccades in natural interception"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:05 pmLaura Walker (Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute)
"Mis-alignment of eye and hand reference frames in age-related macular degeneration"
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Douglas Crawford (York University)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmWhere Does the Visual System End, and the Oculomotor System Begin?
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: Jeffrey Schall (Vanderbilt University)
7:35 pm - 8:00 pmChristopher Pack (McGill University)
"Perisaccadic beta waves"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:35 pmMartin Paré (Queen's University)
"Is it all cognition from ganglion cells to the burst generator?"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:10 pmJude Mitchell (The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences)
"Teasing apart cortical circuits and the role of attention feedback in sensory processing"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion, led by Jeffrey Schall (Vanderbilt University)
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by R13EY023492 from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. 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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