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Conference "Developmental, cellular and circuit mechanisms of cortical sensory information processing"

Course on "Cellular and circuit mechanisms of somatosensory information processing"

Course speakers will present their results embedded in the current concepts of mechanoreception, sensory processing along the whisker-to-barrel pathway as well as dissecting the microscopic and mesoscopic cortical circuits that finally lead to conscious perception of tactile stimuli.

Date: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Location: Lecture Room 01/02, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG), Robert-Koch-Straße 40

Organizers: Prof. Jochen Staiger, Dr. Manuela Schmidt
Contact person: Ana Jukneviciute

Registration deadline: 1st of May, 2014. To obtain 0.5 credit students are obliged to attend both morning and evening sessions. Everyone will be asked to sign the attendance sheet on the day of the course. Those who have registered through the university system, do not have to register here.

Speakers and themes (preliminary schedule):

08:50 – 09:00 Preliminary remarks
09:00 – 10:00 Jochen Staiger (Georg August University Göttingen)
“Mapping of excitatory cortical columnar connections”
10:00 – 11:00 Dirk Feldmeyer (RWTH Aachen University)
“Excitatory and inhibitory synaptic connectivity in a cortical column and beyond”
11:00 – 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 – 12:10 Bernardo Rudy (NYU Langone Medical Center)
“GABAergic interneurons and sensory processing in barrel cortex”
12:10 – 13:10 Lunch break
13:10 – 14:10 Marcel Oberländer (MPI for Biological Cybernetics)
“The Barrel Cortex Connectome and its Functional Implications for Whisker-Evoked Excitation”
14:10 – 15:10 Manuela Schmidt (MPI for Experimental Medicine)
“Molecular decoding of different somatosensory modalities in vertebrates”
15:00 – 15:10 Coffee break
15:10 – 16:10 Ilan Lampl (Weizmann Institute of Science)
“Adaptation and coding of stimulus intensity in early stages of tactile processing”

pdf Course program | pdf Course poster

8:50 – 9:00  Preliminary remarks
9:00 – 10:00 Moritz Helmstaedter (MPI of Neurobiology Munich-Martinsried)
Connectomics: dense reconstructions of neuronal circuits
10:00 – 11:00 David McAlpine (University College London)
Adaptive coding and the auditory brain
11:00 – 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 – 12:10 Simon Rumpel (IMP Vienna)
Neocortical circuits for sound processing
12:10 – 12:10 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00 Thomas Voets (KU Leuven)
TRP channels as molecular sensors
14:00 – 15:00 Trevor Lamb (Australian National University Canberra)
Evolution of vertebrate phototransduction and retina
15:00 – 15:10 Coffee break
15:10 – 16:10 Alexander Gail (German Primate Center Göttingen)
Extracting motor goal information from cerebral cortex