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
Idan Segev and Micha Spira
* Important deadlines: Registration: December 1, 2013