[Comp-neuro] Olfactory Modeling Workshop

Sharon Crook Sharon.Crook at asu.edu
Tue Nov 25 00:18:06 CET 2014

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, "Olfactory
Modeling," to be held March 2-4, 2015, at NIMBioS.

Objectives: The sense of smell is important for all animals; odors are
associated with identifying and locating food, determining food quality,
and identifying threats. In humans, loss of sense of smell occurs with
normal aging and is associated with a loss in quality of life. A decline
in the ability to detect and discriminate odors also can be a harbinger of
neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's
disease. Moreover, the olfactory system is an important model system
for exploring neural computation including changes in neural circuits in
response to the environment and experience. The olfactory system provides
specific advantages for understanding learning and memory, one of the
most important goals in neuroscience. Technological advances have led
to a wealth of information about how olfactory coding takes place in the
mammalian nervous system, where experimental approaches range from large-scale
measurement of neural activity during behavior to manipulation of activity
via optogenetics. Integration of these data through comprehensive models
of the neural networks involved in olfactory processing will advance our
understanding of olfaction, including the relationship between neural
activity and behavior. This workshop will review the current state of
the mathematical approaches and tools for modeling olfaction, identify
tasks that will maximize the impact of individual projects, and establish
collaborations for large-scale modeling of this system, with a focus on
incorporating realistic biophysical mechanisms for learning and memory.

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Co-Organizers: Sharon Crook (School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
& School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University) and Brian Smith
(School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University)

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application
form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_olfaction

Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with
a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful
applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline. If
needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is available for
workshop attendees.

Application deadline: December 14, 2014

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
(http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from around the world
to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to
basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by
the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University
of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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