Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland
"Causal evidence for retina dependent and independent visual motion computation in mouse cortex"
MCB, Harvard University, USA
"Neural circuits underlying operant learning in larval zebrafish"
Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
"Dendritic and network mechanisms of multisensory integration in neocrotical circuits"
French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
"Dendritic coding of associative learning in the prefrontal cortex of behaving mice"
As the imaging of the living neural tissue goes through a stellar pace development, the possibility of deciphering real network activity in relation with almost natural behavior is within an arm’s reach. It is possible now to image thousands of neural elements – from the dendritic spine level up to the somata and further – in behaving animals, through the whole width of the cortex and in subcortical structures. Furthermore, our markers are yielding better signal and are getting faster by the day. In our symposium we bring together the most talented researchers, using the most advanced technology, at times invented or improved by themselves, in the field, to make a joint effort bringing together the up-to-date knowledge, acquired with these cutting edge methods, and gain a detailed view of the current state of in vivo neural network behavioral processing. We will present the most recent methodics of in vivo recordings (recording setups, scanning techniques, functional markers, molecular tools, behavioral sets, etc) and the results at various levels from single cells through networks to whole functional areas. The audience thus will be acquainted with the newest possibilities of recording and manipulating large scale neural assemblies in the context of complex behavior and also the latest results of the field.