16th Annual Dynamical Neuroscience Satellite Symposium

Date: 11/13/2008 - 11/14/2008
Location: Washington DC

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This year theme focuses on the role of neuronal variability in health and disease: Physiological data recorded from the brain often have random-appearing components. Repeated stimuli evoke responses that are not identical from trial to trial. Not too long ago this variability was dismissed as noise and, through techniques such as signal averaging, removed from further consideration. More recent work has begun to examine the rich content of this variability and shed light on its functional consequences. Neural variability and noise has become an active field of research, generating a wealth of new knowledge and information.


Thursday and Friday, November 13-14, 2008


The Capital Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel

1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC

This symposium will assess the current status of four related areas: 

Characterizing Neuronal Variability

  • Larry Abbott, Columbia University, Contrasting Internal and External Sources of Variability
  • Emery Brown, MIT & Harvard, How Well Do We Know What Single Neurons Do?

Dynamics of Neuronal Ensembles

  • Henry Abarbanel, UC San Diego, Dissecting and Modeling Neurobiological Networks: Dynamical Electrophysiology
  • Anna Roe, Vanderbilt University, Beyond Correlated Noise: Evidence for Intra- and Inter-Areal Baseline Biases in Temporal Coincidence

Neuronal Variability and Cognition

  • Daeyeol Lee, Yale University School of Medicine, Order and Chaos in Decision Making
  • Akaysha Tang, University of New Mexico, Top-Down Versus Bottom-up Processing in the Human Brain:  Distinct Directional Influences Revealed by Integrating Second-Order Blind Identification  and Granger Causality
  • Charles Gray, Montana State University, Dynamics of Cortico-Cortical Interactions in the Macaque
  • Charles Schroeder, Columbia University, Neuronal Oscillations as Instruments of Sensory Selection
  • Stephen Lisberger, UC San Francisco, Variation, Signal, And Noise in the Neural Circuit for Smooth Pursuit Eye Movements

Neuronal Variability and Brain Disorders

  • Helen Mayberg, Emory University School of Medicine, Modulating Depression Circuits Using Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Terran Lane, University of New Mexico, Population Variability and Bayesian Inference
  • Richard Stein, University of Alberta, Canada, Coding of Sensory Information about Limb Position
  • Richard Coppola, NIMH, Bethesda, MEG Dynamic Methods in Neuropsychiatric Research
  • Nicholas Schiff, Weill Cornell Medical College, The role of the central thalamus in behavioral variability following severe brain injury: Circuit mechanisms and potential interventions

Keynote Address: Presented by the inaugural recipient of the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

Organizers:  Mingzhou Ding, University of Florida and Dennis Glanzman, NIMH/NIH

For programmatic information, please contact: [email protected]

National Institute of Mental Health

6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20857

Telephone:  (301) 443-1576

or, contact: Nakia wilson

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