Thursday, July 11, 2013

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

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.





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

Plasticity and learning in the honeybee olfactory system


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

Gain control network conditions in early olfactory coding


10:10-10:40  Break


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

Sparse incomplete representations in the olfactory bulb


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

Behavioral testing of olfactory coding paradigms


11:50-1:30  Lunch


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

Transformation from first- to second-order neurons


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

Ensemble state transitions underlying taste perception


2:40-3:10 Break


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

Fundamental differences between categorizing and detecting odors


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

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


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

Integrating the combinatorial code - dendritic imaging of Mushroom Body neurons
--   Maxim Bazhenov, Ph.D.  Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience  University of California  Riverside, CA 92521  Ph: 951-827-4370      

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