Optogenetics has revolutionized neurobiology by providing methods to monitor and manipulate the activity of genetically and functionally identified brain cells with light. Optogenetic approaches allow functional interrogation of defined neural circuit elements and characterization of their roles in cognition and 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 optogenetic approaches, such as new sensors, effectors, and microscopes, with scientists using these approaches to discover the neural underpinnings of behavior. Our hope is that such a mixture will provide trainees with a view of what is possible 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 talks from these submissions. Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Kay Tye (Salk Insititute), Kafui Dzirasa (Duke) and Lin Tian (UC Davis).
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. The preliminary program will be available by October 17, 2021. Please check back for updates.
- Keynote Session: Neural Circuits and Neuromodulators in Health and Disease
- Circuits for Stress, Pain and Fear
- Seeing Dynamics and Understanding Circuits
- Brain-Wide Dynamics
- Computational Behavior Analysis
- Circuits for Reward, Motivation and Addiction
- Circuits in Action
- Circuits for Social Behaviors
- Seeing Voltage: Sensors and Imaging