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Renshaw Renewed: Rules and Roles of Neuronal Microcircuitry

Monday, December 5, 2011 • 8:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. • Caspary Auditorium
The Rockefeller University • 1230 York Avenue (at E. 66th Street) • New York City

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8:45–9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Abby Lounge
9:00–9:10 a.m. Mary Beth Hatten
Frederick P. Rose Professor and Head, Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology, The Rockefeller University
Welcome and Overview
9:15–9:35 a.m. Robert Burke
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH (retired)
Birdsey Renshaw’s Pivotal Contributions to the Analysis of Spinal Cord Circuitry
9:40–10:10 a.m. Martyn Goulding
Professor, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute For Biological Studies
Renshaw Cells, Inhibition and the Control of Movement: New Genetic Approaches to Probe Old Questions
10:15–10:45 a.m. Silvia Arber
Full Professor for Neurobiology/Cell Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel;
Senior Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Organizational Principles of Antagonistic Premoter Circuits
10:45–11:15 a.m. Coffee Break – Abby Lounge
11:20–11:50 a.m. William Schafer
Programme Leader, Medical Research Council–Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge
Extracting Principles of Neural Circuit Function from Worms
11:55 a.m.–12:25 p.m. Gero Miesenboeck
Associate Head, Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics; Waynflete Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford
Optogenetics: Reading and Changing the Mind
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch – Abby Dining Room and Faculty Club
1:35–2:05 p.m. David Ferster
Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University
Dissecting the Microcircuitry of Visual Cortex
2:10–2:40 p.m. Jeffry Isaacson
Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego
Central Circuits Underlying Olfaction
2:45–3:15 p.m. Robert Wurtz
Visual Motor Integration Section Chief, NIH Distinguished Investigator, National Eye Institute, NIH
Monitoring Movement to Modulate Vision: Dissecting Neuronal Circuits from Brain Stem to Cerebral Cortex
3:15–3:45 p.m. Coffee Break – Abby Lounge
3:50–4:20 p.m. Paola Arlotta
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School;
Assistant Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital
Development of Corticospinal Neurons and Building of Local Microcircuitry in the Neocortex
4:25–4:55 p.m. Angus Silver
Professor of Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow,
Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London
Golgi Cells: Disentangling Electrical and Chemical Synaptic Signalling
5:00–5:15 p.m. Tom Jessell
Claire Tow Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Neuroscience, Columbia University
Closing Remarks
5:15–6:15 p.m. Social Hour – Faculty Club