Sunday, September 8, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Workshop Announcement "Frontiers in Synaptic Function" Jerusalem, January 11-14, 2014

Frontiers in Synaptic Functions - Workshop Announcement

Jerusalem, 11 – 14 January 2014

Israel Institute of Advanced Studies

Department of Neurobiology

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

At this conference, which is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Itzhak Parnas, an international team of leading scientists will discuss recent exciting developments in synaptic function at the molecular, cellular and neuronal-network levels.

The first part of the conference ("Synaptic functioning") will focus on release mechanisms, activity-dependent short- and long- term cellular and molecular processes that are altered when synapses undergo activity-dependent modification.

The second part ("Novel mechanisms and functional implications of GPCRs") will explore recent breakthroughs in understanding signal transduction and voltage-sensing at the synapse, with a particular focus on G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), that can act with extreme swiftness, in the millisecond range, enabling them to control fast biological processes such as neurotransmitter release.

The third part ("Synapses and networks dynamics") will be devoted to the synapse in the context of network activity, including synaptic integration and computation in vivo and memory processes/loss in models of neural networks, summarizing our present state of understanding of synapses – from mechanism to function.

List of speakers:

Uri Ashery, Tel Aviv University                     

Daphne Atlas, The Hebrew University            

Yair Ben Chaim, The Open University 

Josef Dudel, Technical University of Munich

Daniel Gitler, Ben Gurion University

Heidi Hamm, Vanderbilt University  

Ehud Isacoff, UC Berkeley    

Brian Kobilka, Stanford University (keynote speaker)

Arthur Konnerth, Technical University of Munich  

Martyn Mahaut-Smith, University of Leicester

Erwin Neher, MPI, Gottingen (keynote speaker)

John Nicholls, Cranfield University

Hanna Parnas, The Hebrew University 

Bert Sakmann, MPI Martinsried (keynote speaker)

Idan Segev, The Hebrew University  

Inna Slutsky, Tel Aviv University

Haim Sompolinsky, The Hebrew University

Thomas C. Sudhof, Stanford University    

Yossi Yarom, The Hebrew University  

Noam Ziv, Technion

Robert Zucker, UC Berkeley   


Organizers :

   Idan Segev and Micha Spira

*   Important deadlines: Registration: December 1, 2013

* Fellowships: A limited number of fellowships are available for students; see details in WEB site above.
Idan Segev
Institute of Life Sciences, Department of Neurobiology Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC) 
and Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences
The David & Inez Myers Chair in Computational Neuroscience
The Hebrew University, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel.
Tel: (972)- 2- 6585984 (lab.)
Fax: (972)- 2- 6586296 (lab.)

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