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.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Sensors and Molecules
- Translating Brain Activity to Action
- Circuitry of Stress and Pain
- Keynote Session: Optogenetics at the Cutting Edge
- Global Signaling Across Brain States
- Large-Scale Simultaneous Imaging
- Circuitry of Social Interactions
- Novel Methods of Behavioral Analysis
- Reward and Reinforcement