Neurocomputational Strategies: From Synapses to Behavior

1-4 February, 1998

at The Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Organizers: Paul Adams (SUNYSB), Terry Sejnowski (Salk)


Session 1:

Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Synaptic Signalling, Synaptic Plasticity, and Axonal Pathfinding
Chair: Terry Sejnowski, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, California

Mu-ming Poo, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla:
Long-range propagation of LTP and LTD in neural networks.

Geoffrey J. Goodhill, Georgetown University Medical Center,Washington, D.C.:
Theoretical modelling of axon guidance.

David Willshaw, University of Edinburgh, Scotland:
Competitive influences in the development of nerve connections.

Roberto Malinow, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York:
Silent synapses in plasticity.

Zachary F. Mainen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York:
Increase in functional AMPA receptors during LTP.

Tobias Bonhoeffer, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munchen, Germany:
Specificity of synaptic enhancement in the hippocampus.


Session 2:

Spike Coding in Axons and Spike Decoding in Dendrites
Chair: Roberto Malinow, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Martin Wilson, University of California, Davis
The smallest unit of synaptic transmission.

Karel Svoboda, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York:
Dendritic function in neocortex in vivo

Fabrizio Gabbiani, Califronia Institute of Technology, Pasadena:
Multiplying with neurons.

Daniel Johnston, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas:
Dendritic computations.

Gordon M. Shepherd, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut:
Action potential propagation in dendrites - its significance for information processing in the olfactory system.

Idan Segev, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel:
The noisy neuron.


Session 3:

Thalamocortical Interactions and Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity
Chair: Robert E. Shrock, State University of New York, Stony Brook

S. Murray Sherman, State University of New York, Stony Brook:
Functional organization of Thalamus and Thalamocortical interactions.

  • Abstract

    Alain Destexhe, Laval University, Quebec, Canada:
    How corticothalatic feedback and intrathalatic inhibition cooperate to synchronize oscillations over large cortical territories.

    Paul R. Adams, State University of New York, Stony Brook:
    The thalamocortical algorithm.

    David A. McCormick, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut:
    Network and computational implications of short and long term changes in thalamic and cortical activity.

    Mishail V. Tsodyks, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel:
    Dynamics of neocortial circuits - models and experiments. 11:20-11:30 am Discussion

    Laurence F. Abbott, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts:
    The role of short-term synaptic plasticity in cortical processing.


    Session 4:

    Mechanisms for Response Properties and Synchronization of Cortical Neurons
    Chair: Paul R. Adams, State University of New York, Stony Brook

    David L. Ferster, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois:
    Assembly of receptive fields in cat visual cortex.

    Kenneth D. Miller, University of California, San Francisco:
    Ocularly-matched, contrast-invariant orientation tuning in cat V 1: Development and mature circuitry.

    Gina G. Turrigiano, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts:
    Activity-dependent scaling of synaptic strengths in neocortical networks.

    Peter Konig, Institute for Neuroinformatics, Zurich, Switzerland:
    Is synchronization of neuronal activity relevant for behavior?

    Roger D. Traub, Birmingham University School of Medicine, United Kingdom:
    Synaptic plasticity induced by 40 Hz oscillations.

    Nancy Kopell, Boston, University, Massachusetts:
    Mechanisms for synchronization (and desynchronization) in networks of neurons.

    Robert E. Shrock, State University of New York, Stony Brook:
    Synaptic plasticity in neural networks modelling brain function.


    Session 5:

    Neural Assemblies and Neural Population Codes
    Chair: Laurence F. Abbott, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

    David Horn, Tel Aviv University, Israel:
    Memory maintenance via neuronal regulation.
    David W. Tank, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey:
    Cellular and circuit mechanisms of persistent neural activity.

    William B. Kristan, University of California, San Diego:
    Population codes for directed behaviors in simple nervous systems.

    Terry Sejnowski, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, California:
    Limits on the accuracy of population codes.


    Session 6:

    Whither Computational Neuroscience?
    Discussion Leader: Terry Sejnowski, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, California

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