[Comp-neuro] Announcing University of Minnesota Neuroscience Symposium

A David Redish adr at adrlab.ahc.umn.edu
Fri Jul 21 17:59:46 CEST 2006

Please post.

We would like to announce an upcoming Presidential Symposium on
Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota titled

The Adaptive Brain

The symposium is sponsored by the University of Minnesota and is taking
place on the Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday,
September 14th and 15th of 2006 (please find a pdf file of the Poster
announcing the event attached to this email).  The Symposium will present
the research of twelve world-renowned neuroscientists whose work has
advanced our understanding of the variety of adaptive mechanisms operating
to couple the structure and function of the nervous system to environmental
change.  Topics addressed will span molecular, developmental, cellular,
systems, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience to explore principles
relevant to multiple levels of analysis.  

(Note: Registration is required.)

The speakers include:

    . David Anderson - Molecular Genetic Analysis of Neural Circuits for
      Innate Behaviors in Flies and Mice (California Institute of
    . Karen Hsiao Ashe - Molecular mechanisms of memory loss in Alzheimer
      mouse models (University of Minnesota )
    . Apostolos Georgopoulos -Neural Mechanisms of Spatial Cognitive
      Processes (University of Minnesota)
    . Jim Hudspeth - Making an effort to listen: mechanical amplification by
      myosin molecules and ion channels in hair cells of the inner ear
      (Rockefeller University)
    . Mark Konishi - From instinct to brain (California Institute of
    . Paul LeTourneau - Axonal growth and guidance (University of Minnesota)
    . Robert Malenka - TBA (Stanford University)
    . Eve Marder - Variability, Compensation, and Homeostasis in Neuronal
      Networks (Brandeis University)
    . Eric Nestler - Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Addiction (University of
      Texas, Southwestern)
    . William Newsom - Perception, Decisions and Reward: Toward a Biological
      Understanding of Decision-Making (Stanford University)
    . Wolfram Schultz - Reward, predictions, learning and uncertainty
      (University of Cambridge )
    . Li-Huei Tsai - Recovery of lost memories in a mouse model of severe
      neurodegeneration (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

WHERE:      McNamara Alumni Center
            200 Oak Street S.E.
            Minneapolis, MN  55455

WHEN:       Thursday September 14, 2006; 8:15am - 6pm
            Friday September 15, 2006; 8:30am - 4pm

REGISTRATION:  Now through Aug. 15, online at

Each registrant will be eligible to submit an abstract of 300 words or less
of their research to be presented at a poster session on September 14th.
Abstract submission is online via the website at the above address.

Tour of labs at the University of Minnesota for interested registrants will
be conducted on the afternoon of Wednesday September 13th.

For additional information regarding the agenda, speakers, location and
accommodations, please visit the website for the event (at

We would very much appreciate it if you could forward this email to any
other potentially interested faculty or students in your department.  Thank
you for your attention to this announcement, and hope you can join us.

Organizational Committee, Presidential Symposium on Neuroscience,
University of Minnesota

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