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Conférences Jacques Monod 2016 / Roscoff / Deadline for application: March 7, 2016.

Optical imaging of brain connectivity: from synapses to networks in action

Du 13 juin 2016 au 17 juin 2016

Do not wait for the last minute, the number of participants is limited.

Chairperson: Christophe MULLE  
CNRS UMR 5297, Université de Bordeaux , 146, rue Léo-Saignat, 33077 Bordeaux cedex, France

Vice-chairperson: Frijhof HELMCHEN
Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland

Dear All,

Only a few days left to register to the Jacques Monod Conference on "Optical imaging of brain connectivity: from synapses to networks in action »
Deadline for application: March 7, 2016. Do not wait for the last minute, the number of participants is limited.

It will be held in Roscoff (Brittany), France, June 13-17, 2016.
Chairperson: Christophe MULLE,
Vice-chairperson: Fritjof HELMCHEN,
You will find all information at

Invited speakers:
Laure BAILLY-CUIF (Gif sur Yvette, France) Imaging neural progenitor cells dynamics during behavior
Haruhiko BITO (Tokyo, Japan) Labeling, monitoring and manipulating active ensembles
Alain CHEDOTAL (Paris, France) Development of new imaging methods to study the organization of sensory systems
Daniel CHOQUET (Bordeaux, France) Nanoscopic organization of synapses
Rosa COSSART (Marseille, France) Imaging ripple events in the awake mouse hippocampus
Valentina EMILIANI (Paris, France) Two-photon optogenetics by spatio-temporal shaping of ultrafast pulse
Andreas FRICK (Bordeaux, France) Neuronal circuits probed with recombinant rabies virus technology
Viviana GRADINARU (Pasadena, USA) Brain control with light; development and application to mental disorders
Fritjof HELMCHEN (Zürich, Switzerland) Imaging cortical circuit dynamics in behaving mice
Sonja HOFER (Bazel, Switzerland) Imaging function and structure of the visual system
Anthony HOLTMAAT (Geneva, Switzerland) Neural circuits in the mammalian neocortex
Ehud Y. ISACOFF (Berkeley, USA) Design of novel probes for the optical detection and manipulation of neuronal signaling
Jinny KIM (Seoul, South Corea) mGRASP for mapping connectivity at multiple scales
Arthur KONNERTH (Tum, Germany) Impaired neuronal network function in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease
Troy MARGRIE (London, United Kingdom) Sensory processing in single cells, circuits and behavior
Hannah MONYER (Heidelberg, Germany) Connectivity in the entorhinal cortex
Valentin NÄGERL (Bordeaux, France) Super-resolution imaging of spine plasticity
Elly NEVIDI (Cambridge, USA) Visualization of synapse assembly and disassembly in vivo: multispectral tracking of distinct circuit elements
Thomas OERTNER (London, United Kingdom) Controlling the strength and lifetime of synapses with light
Julie PERROY (Montpellier, France) Imaging plasticity at synapses
Dmitri RUSAKOV (London,United Kingdom) Mapping nanomolar calcium landscapes inside neurons and astroglia with FLIM
Angus SILVER (London, United Kingdom) Investigating the role of temporal coding using high speed 3D 2-photon imaging
Mark SCHNITZER (Stanford, USA)Development of fiber-optic fluorescence microendoscopy for studies of learning and memory
Scott STERNSON (Ashburn, USA) Neural processes that underlie hunger studied with reverse engineering of neural circuits
Katrin WILLIG (Göttingen, Germany) In vivo STED microscopy of the living mouse brain
Claire WYART (Paris, France) Investigation of a novel sensory interface relaying information from the cerebrospinal fluid to motor circuits
Hongkui ZENG (Seattle, USA) Large scale analysis of mouse brain connectivity

Note that up to 6 participants will be selected for a short talk, based on their abstracts.

Best regards,
Christophe Mulle


Application for registration 
The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should send:

- their curriculum vitae
- the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
- the abstract of their presentation
to the Chairperson of the conference ( before the deadline.

Discovering how neural circuits process information requires measurement of neural activity on many different scales, ranging from single synapses to large assemblies of neurons, best in the brain of behaving animals. The study of brain function at the microscopic and mesoscopic scale has been revolutionized by novel approaches combining the development of molecular tools and gene transfer methods with newly designed instruments that use light to visualize and manipulate the activity of synapses, neural cells and neural ensembles. This international symposium will bring together world experts to present their latest discoveries and technological developments regarding brain connectivity, focusing on studies of synaptic, neuronal and network structure and function using microscopic imaging, connectomics, and optogenetics.

Improved technologies in the field of neuroscience are particularly important to tackle the great challenges in mapping the connections and interactions within and between highly complex neuronal networks. For example, super-resolution light microscopy now enables the visualization of individual molecules within a synapse; novel 3D imaging approaches enable the mapping of synaptic inputs onto dendritic trees and signalling within neuronal populations to be ‘read out’ at millisecond time scales; new viral tracing methods and novel instruments based on automated electron microscopy, optical microscopy and image reconstruction methods assist comprehensive connectomic approaches towards full reconstruction and analysis of synaptic circuits in 3D; furthermore, fast two-photon imaging makes it possible to monitor neural network activity deep in tissue in behaving animals; and recent advances in optogenetic and pharmacogenetic methods are complementing structural and functional imaging by allowing specific manipulations of the activity of particular cell types or neural pathways.
These multidisciplinary challenges and many others will be addressed at this meeting. It will be a great opportunity to foster new collaborations to undertake novel challenges that will push further our ability to detect, measure, manipulate and follow the intricate components of neuronal and network function.

Christophe Mulle / christophe.mulle(at)
Dernière mise à jour le 03.03.2016