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Dendrites: Molecules, Structure & Function (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar


May 18-19, 2013


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland


Denise Cook

Associate Chair:
Cody J. Smith

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Dendrites: Molecules, Structure & Function is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on dendrites, the integrators of electrochemical signals in the brain. Topics of interest include: dendrite development, dendritic integration, synapse development and plasticity, computational properties of dendrites and the role of dendrites in disease.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Dendrites: Molecules, Structure & Function" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Speaker
Discussion Leader: Denise Cook (University of Ottawa)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMichael Häusser (University College London)
"Dendritic computation"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session I
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDendrite and Spine Remodeling
5:30 pm - 5:40 pm Discussion Leaders: Cody Smith (University of Virginia) and Trace Henry (University of Michigan)
5:40 pm - 5:55 pmSimon Chen (University of California, San Diego)
"The transcription factor MEF2 regulates visual experience-driven functional metaplasticity in the developing brain"
5:55 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:15 pmMikko Koskinen (Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki)
"Regulation of dendritic spine actin by Myosin IIb"
6:15 pm - 6:20 pmDiscussion
6:20 pm - 6:35 pmTiago Ferreira (McGill University Center for Research in Neuroscience)
"Dendrite architecture is organized by transcriptional control of F-actin nucleation"
6:35 pm - 6:40 pmDiscussion
6:40 pm - 6:55 pmWen-Jie Bian (Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai)
"Inter-spine competition for β-catenin underlies activity-dependent spine pruning"
6:55 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:15 pmDaniela Mauceri (Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences, University of Heidelberg)
"VEGFD neuroprotective activity against stroke-induced dendrite pathology"
7:15 pm - 7:20 pmDiscussion
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amSynaptic Plasticity and Neural Circuits
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leaders: Jun Ding (Stanford University) and Lucy Palmer (University of Bern)
9:10 am - 9:25 amCian O'Donnell (Salk Institute)
"Generalization of memories by dendritic protein sharing"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amThomas Younts (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
"Burst firing induced plasticity at somatic and dendritic inhibitory synapses"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amHaruhisa Okawa (University of Washington)
"Cellular mechanisms regulating patterns of converging inputs onto a retinal neuron"
10:05 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:25 amAnne Biever (Institute of Functional Genomics)
"Modulation of the translational machinery in the striatum by d-amphetamine"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:45 amKatherine Villa (Picower Institute of Learning and Memory, MIT)
"In vivo imaging of coordinated excitatory and inhibitory synaptic dynamics on pyramidal cell dendrites"
10:45 am - 10:50 amDiscussion
10:50 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:40 pmDendritic Integration
Discussion Leader: Michael Häusser (University College London)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmQian Sun (Columbia University)
"Cortical-driven dendritic spikes are reliable triggers of action potentials in hippocampal CA2 neurons"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmChristine Grienberger (Institute of Neuroscience, Technical University Munich)
"Global dendritic calcium signals underlie complex burst firing in CA1 hippocampal neurons in vivo"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmLucy Palmer (University of Bern)
"The influence of NMDA spikes on action potential generation during sensory input"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 2:40 pmGeneral Discussion
2:40 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS083184. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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