This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Optogenetics has revolutionized neurobiology by providing methods to monitor and manipulate the activity of genetically and functionally identified brain cells with light, thus enable testing of the causality of activity to behavior. Although optogenetics is nearly universally used, the proper design and interpretation of optogenetics-based experiments is still challenging. We bring together experts who are providing new innovations in ontogenetic approaches -- such as new sensors, effectors, and microscopes -- with those who are using the approaches to discover the circuit underpinnings of behavior. Our hope is that such a mixture will provide trainees with a view of what is possible, what is being learned, and what will soon be possible. As we wish to create a vibrant forum for discussion, we encourage all applicants to submit poster abstracts and we will select additional short talks from such submission.