DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF PRIMATE NEURAL NETWORKS IN THE CONNECTOME ERA



June 26-30, 2017
Erice, Sicily, ITALY


Workshop Organizers

Conference goals

Elena Borra (Università di Parma, Italy)
Kathleen S. Rockland (Boston University, Boston, MA)

Purpose of the Workshop

Conference goals

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a critical overview of the strategies used for different types of questions regarding connections in non-human primates (NHP), and the considerations that need to be evaluated in bridging between the species and techniques. It will also deal with what conceptual and technical advances can be anticipated and what are the major gaps, and how does the field deal with these. Lectures will focus on recent connectional data mainly from NHP and humans, prompting discussion on current understanding of primate neural circuits at the micro- meso- and macro-scale. The workshop will be highly integrative and interdisciplinary. The presentations will be appropriate for a broad audience consisting of scholars from multiple disciplines, representing different levels of seniority (e.g., graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, junior and senior researchers). Issues covered by the Workshop will include:

  • Microcircuitry: cell types and connectional heterogeneity
  • Exploiting non-invasive MR-based and e-physiological techniques to define cortical circuits
  • Neural networks for controlling specific behaviors
  • Circuit dynamics
  • Brain wiring in development and disease
  • Evolutionary perspective on connectivity in primates

Speakers & Topics

Javier DE FELIPE

Current understanding of cortical organization and function, and the roots of cortical circuitry

Mriganka SUR

Fundamental mechanisms of brain wiring and processing (long-term plasticity and short-term circuit dynamics)

Richard BORN

Current methods for probing cortical connectivity in non-human primates

Carlo PIERPAOLI

Power and limitations of diffusion-weighted MRI in the study of brain connectivity

Hiroyuki OYA

Intracranial recording: neuron responses and regional segregation

Patricia GASPAR

Diversity of serotonin neurons and cortical development

Elliott MUFSON

Cholinergic system during the progression of Alzheimer's and other diseases

Henry KENNEDY

Brain Structure and Dynamics across scales

Giuseppe LUPPINO

Large-scale cortical networks for controlling motor behavior

Pieter ROELFSEMA

Operation of feedforward and feedback circuits during perception (monkey and human)

Julie FUDGE

Behavioral network of amygdala and related limbic structures

Zoltan MOLNAR

Cortical functional specialization and development of cortical connectivity

Gabor TAMAS

Single neurons and network events in the human cortical microcircuit

Nikos LOGOTHETIS

Network connectivity: high spatial resolution fMRI, cell-targeted optogenetics and microstimulation

Edith HAMEL

Neuronal networks and mediators of cortical neurovascular coupling responses in normal and altered brain states

For information and registration please contact
Elena Borra