[Comp-neuro] CNS 2013 Workshop: New developments in decoding the encoding of chemical senses

Maxim Bazhenov bazhenov at salk.edu
Fri Jul 12 00:06:04 CEST 2013

*New developments in decoding the encoding of chemical senses*


CNS*2013 Workshop

Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Paris, France

*Organizers:*Maxim Bazhenov and Mark Stopfer

Olfactory and gustatory stimuli are vast in number and defy simple 
description. In contrast to light or sound, no low dimensional basis 
suffices to represent chemical stimuli. And yet, the olfactory and 
gustatory systems map the complex and high-dimensional world of chemical 
stimuli into unique and reproducible ensembles of neuronal activity.This 
mapping includes multilevel processing and involves complex strategies 
for information encoding.Recent developments in the field of chemical 
senses lead to a need to revisit existing theories and models of how 
information about chemical stimuli is represented in the brain. In this 
workshop we will discuss new findings that explain how chemical stimuli 
are encoded, and how different forms of neural plasticity can optimize 
sensory representations. The goal of this workshop is to bring together 
experimental and computational neuroscientists to discuss new 
developments in well-characterized forms of sensory processing.



*9:00-9:35Maxim Bazhenov *(University of California, Riverside)

Plasticity and learning in the honeybee olfactory system

*9:35-10:10Thomas Nowotny *(University of Sussex)

Gain control network conditions in early olfactory coding


*10:40-11:15Alex Koulakov *(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Sparse incomplete representations in the olfactory bulb

*11:15-11:50Dmitry Rinberg *(New York University)

Behavioral testing of olfactory coding paradigms


*1:30-2:05Jean-Pierre Rospars* (UMR PISC, INRA)

Transformation from first- to second-order neurons

*2:05-2:40Don Katz *(Brandeis University)

Ensemble state transitions underlying taste perception

*2:40-3:10 Break*

*3:10-3:45André G. Mendonça *(Champalimaud Center for the Unknown)

Fundamental differences between categorizing and detecting odors

*3:45-4:20Irina Sinakevitch *(Arizona State University)

The chemical anatomy of the olfactory pathways (antenna, antennal lobe 
and mushroom body) in honey bee.

*4:20-4:55Glenn Turner *(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Integrating the combinatorial code - dendritic imaging of Mushroom Body 

Maxim Bazhenov, Ph.D.
Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521
Ph: 951-827-4370

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