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Tuesday, November 05 - 07, 2013

The 6th International Workshop on Seizure Prediction

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 5pm - 10pm

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8am - 10pm
Location: Bahia Resort
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 8am - 10pm
Location: Bahia Resort
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Alliance for Epilepsy Research, and, Penn State University

Organizer/Moderator: Bruce J. Gluckman, PhD

Location: Bahia Resort
Organizer: Bruce Gluckman, Ph.D.
Website: www.IWSP6.org

The Sixth International Workshop on Seizure Prediction – IWSP6 – will be a forum that brings together an international interdisciplinary group involving epileptologists, engineers, physicists, mathematicians, neurosurgeons and neuroscientists focused on the development of treatments for epilepsy especially based on closed loop prediction and interventions. The focus is to better understand the underlying physiological mechanisms as they specifically relate to clinical recordings. At a fundamental level, the goal of seizure prediction is to identify the underlying mechanisms of seizure generation and to engineer systems that will detect those dynamics and provide for intervention. This meeting will focus attention on basic questions at the intersection of engineering, computational and epilepsy neuroscience necessary for predicting and intervening with seizures: how seizures arise in the neocortex, how to identify sites of seizure origination, how seizures spread, and how they terminate. We have identified these topics as key roadblocks to further advances in treatment of pharmacoresistant epilepsy syndromes. Through these questions we will focus attention on bridging clinical and physiological metrics to arrive at new approaches to understand epileptic seizure generation mechanisms across all scales of brain from neuron to organism, and especially close the loop between models of seizure generation and physiological observations. November 6-7, 2013 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California. Program, Abstract Submission, and Registration at www.IWSP6.org

Wednesday, November 06 - 08, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease Workshop: Alzheimer’s Disease Research from Different Perspectives


Location: Bahia Resort Hotel
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The International Alzheimer Research Foundation (ISAO), The BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) in collaboration with the European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON)

Organizer/Moderator: Harry W M Steinbusch, PhD

Wednesday, November 6, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, November 8, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research field produces a dizzying amount of publications each year. For graduate students and postdocs who enter this field, the learning curve can require many months of independent study just to learn the basics.

Recognizing the need to accelerate this process, the Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek (ISAO), the Alzheimer Forschung Initiative (AFI), the Ligue Européenne Contre la Maladie d’Alzheimer (LECMA) and the BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) are pleased to announce the 4th edition of our three-day educational workshop, “Alzheimer Research from different perspectives.” This “boot camp” approach is organized in collaboration with our scientific partners at the European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON). The goal of the workshop is offer graduate students and postdocs an immersive opportunity to learn and discuss some of the latest trends in Alzheimer’s disease research. The workshop is designed to allow the participants to discuss and receive feedback related to their own research project via discussions, interactive workshops and scientific debates. Workshop sessions are taught by leaders in the field, and emphasize interaction with students and immediate application of new knowledge through exercises such as debate and mock grant proposals.

The topics of the workshops are: I. Cellular and Pathological Events, II. Molecular and Epigenetic Pathways, III. Modeling Alzheimer’s Disease, IV. Treatment Strategies. This workshop with its venue, the Bahia Resort Hotel, provides a unique and close learning experience, allowing participants to establish vital career networks with faculty, foundation representatives, and other students and postdocs. The meeting attracts approximately 40 participants from all over the world, and most of them take advantage of the subsequent SfN meeting to test their enriched view of Alzheimer’s disease.

Deadline registration and abstract submission: September 30th, 2013. Fee: €350,- (included in the price are all meals and shared accommodation in double room for 3 nights: November 5,6 and7). Travel Grants: We are offering 5 travel grants of euro 250,- to attend this meeting. They will be selected by the motivation letter.

For detailed information and program, visit: http://mhens.unimaas.nl/vervolgpagia/6/45/
Alzheimer%27s_Disease_Workshop%3A_Alzheimer%92s_Disease_Research_from_Different
_Perspectives/

For abstract submission and information, contact: secr.euron@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Society for the Neurobiology of Language

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 6-Friday, November 8, 2013 8:30am - 7pm
Location: San Diego Westin Hotel
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institutes of Health

Organizer/Moderator: Jeffrey R Binder, MD

Event Details:
Wednesday, Nov. 6: 1-7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7:  8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Please join us for the 5th annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) at the San Diego Westin Hotel. SNL brings together scientists from different perspectives and disciplines to promote understanding of the neurobiological basis of language. SNL holds an annual scientific meeting highlighting recent research and hosts lively debates on a wide range of topics including the neural mechanisms underlying perceptual, cognitive, motor, and linguistic processes used to produce and to understand language in both children and adults. Presentations draw on a range of methods from purely behavioral to neurophysiological and neuroanatomical measures, from neuro-stimulation and neuropsychological approaches to animal models. Keynote lectures from leading scientists working outside the field in areas highly relevant to the neurobiology of language, augment the scientific progra.m. and further promote cross-disciplinary interaction. Visit www.neurolang.org for detailed information about the venue and scientific program.

Location: San Diego Westin Hotel
Organizer: Jeffrey Binder, jbinder@mcw.edu

Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor-Based Therapeutics: Emerging Frontiers in Basic Rsch & Clinical Sci

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 6-Friday, November 8, 2013 1pm - 6pm
Location: Paradise Point Resort
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Various Sponsors

Organizer/Moderator: Matt Burdetsky

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
1-3pm Registration
3-7pm Meeting
6-8pm Poster Setup
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
8:30am-6pm Meeting
6-8pm Poster Session and Reception
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
8:30am-6pm Meeting

The field of nicotinic receptors has continued to advance, with novel insight gained from both basic research and clinical science. These advancements are evident from the agendas for the past three nAChR SfN satellite symposia held in San Diego (2007), Chicago (2009), and Washington DC (2011). The success of these past meetings demonstrates the excitement and activity in the nAChR field, justifying a biennial meeting with the next nAChR conference to return to San Diego November 6-8. The nAChR2013 meeting aims to continue to capitalize on the enthusiasm of past meetings with the mission of: bringing together top researchers from both basic science and clinical research, critically analyzing the latest breakthrough findings in the elucidation of nAChR biology, and discussing strategies and challenges in the development of novel nAChR-based therapeutics. The recent advancement of a series of clinical studies ranging from phase 1-3 and beyond, including novel nAChR-based therapeutics in clinical practice, is a testament to the progress made in the field. Participants will have an opportunity to submit a poster abstract for inclusion in a special online issue of Biochemical Pharmacology. For updates regarding the symposium, visit: https://www.cmpinc.net/nicotinic2013. Questions may be sent to Capital Meeting Planning: meetings@cmpinc.net.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Interfacing Models with Brain Signals to Investigate Cognition

Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 8am - 6pm
Location: University of California, Irvine, SBSG 1517
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: University of California, Irvine

Organizer/Moderator: Jeffrey L Krichmar, PhD

Advances in the study of the neural basis of cognition provide an opportunity to connect theoretical frameworks developed by cognitive modelers to experimental studies carried out by cognitive neuroscientists. The usual cognitive neuroscience approach to experiments is to design carefully controlled cognitive experiments in which one attempts to set up a contrast between two (or more) experimental conditions in order to focus on a very specific cognitive operation and uncover its neural correlates. There are several limitations to this approach, the most important of which is that the underlying model of the cognitive processes is constrained by the limitations of the experimental designs. In contrast, formal cognitive models can be used to identify the latent cognitive processes underlying behavior, potentially allowing brain measurements to be related to cognitive processes within broader contexts of behavioral measurements. 

In this preconference workshop, 10 leading modelers and experimentalists will discuss their experience in interfacing models with brain signals to investigate cognition.

Speakers:
(1) Roger Ratcliff, Ohio State University
(2) Thomas Palmeri, Vanderbilt University
(3) Nathaniel Daw, NYU
(4) Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, U. Amsterdam
(5) Birte Forstmann, U. Amsterdam
(6) Brandon Turner, Stanford University
(7) Will Alexander, Ghent University
(8) John Serences, UC San Diego
(9) Mimi Liljeholm, UC Irvine
(10) David Noelle, UC Merced

Contact: Jeffrey Krichmar
E-mail: jkrichma@uci.edu

Thursday, November 07 - 08, 2013

Translational and Computational Motor Control: from Theory to Neurorehabilitation

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 8am - 5pm
Location: HardRock Hotel
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8:30am - 6:45pm
Location: HardRock Hotel
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: American Society of Neurorehabilitation

Organizer/Moderator: Shannon Wild

 Location: Hard Rock Hotel
Organizer: Shannon Wild, shannonwild@llmsi.com 
Website: www.asnr.com
The ASNR is excited to announce a new, two-day format for its annual meeting, based on previous successful satellite meetings at the Society for Neuroscience. The first day will consist of a morning plenary session, a mid-afternoon poster session and afternoon talks. The plenary will center around the timely topic of predicting variable phenotypic responses to neurorehabilitation and the afternoon talks are on the topics of imaging and neurophysiology. All of the sessions are meant to discuss methological and conceptual ideas applicable across   several neurological disease entities. There will be, what we hope to be a stimulating, pro/con debate to close the first day with ample time for discussion throughout. The second day, sponsored by NIH, will be centered on motor rehabilitation, with a morning session that is translationally oriented and two keynote lectures by internationally renowned speakers. The afternoon sessions are oriented toward more basic and computational motor science. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Barrels XXVI

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 8am - 5pm
Location: UCSD CALLt Auditorium is reserved for this event
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8am - 4:30pm
Location: UCSD CaLIt auditorium is reserved for this event
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Barrels Society

Organizer/Moderator: Joshua C Brumberg, PhD

The 26th Annual Barrels Meeting highlights the latest advances in this rapidly growing field. The barrels meeting focuses annually on the development, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the rodent whisker-to-barrel pathway. Speakers utilize diverse molecular, physiological, computational techniques to understand the development, sensory processing, and motor commands that are involved with the rodent mystacial vibrissae. Held Thursday, November 7, through Friday, November 8, on the campus of the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA.

Website: www.regonline.com/barrels26

J. B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 8am - 7pm
Location: Horton Grand Hotel
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8am - 9pm
Location: Horton Grand Hotel
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: J. B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Alice S Powers, PhD

The J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience is an international organization of researchers in comparative and evolutionary neuroscience. The 2013 annual meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, November 7-8, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Horton Grand Hotel in San Diego. The Thursday meeting will be the Karger Workshop in Evolutionary Neuroscience. The theme is "The Problem of Human Brain Evolution: Integrating Diverse Approaches." The regular JBJC meeting on Friday will consist of short presentations by members on a variety of subjects. Information about the meeting, including membership and abstract submission, is available at www.jbjclub.org. Questions can be directed to the principal executive officer, Alice Powers (powers.alice@gmail.com).

5th Intl. Workshop on Advances in Electrocorticography

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 660 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 660 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Wadsworth Center, Albany Medical Center, Army Research Office

Organizer/Moderator: Gerwin Schalk

Over the past decade, an increasing number of studies have explored the use of electrocorticographic (ECoG) activity recorded directly from the surface of the brain. ECoG has attracted substantial and increasing interest because it has been shown to reflect specific details of behaviors and its technical characteristics should facilitate chronic implantation. This two-day ECoG workshop highlights current knowledge and advances in scientific, engineering, and clinical domains that are relevant to ECoG recordings in humans or animals. The workshop follows a hugely successful informal workshop at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting in 2008, the first formal ECoG workshop in upstate New York in 2009, the second ECoG workshop in San Diego in 2010 (a satellite to SfN), the third ECoG workshop in Washington, D.C., in 2011 (a satellite to SfN), and the fourth ECoG workshop in New Orleans in 2012 (a satellite to SfN). To date, the results of these workshops have been reported in three highly visible proceedings articles published by Epilepsy and Behavior.
Contact: Gerwin Schalk, PhD, E-mail: schalk@wadsworth.org
Website: ecog.info
Location: Sheraton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 660 K Street, San Diego,92101

Cell Symposia - The Networked Brain

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 9am - 7pm
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 9am - 9pm
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Cell

Organizer/Moderator: Francesca Webb

Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

The brain is more than the sum of its parts and this meeting will explore the concept of the networked brain. Over the last number of years, new techniques in brain imaging, new molecular and genomic techniques, and new sophisticated approaches for reconstructing and manipulating circuits have profoundly changed our picture of how the brain works. 

Where the brain was once viewed as being an organ composed of discrete systems and isolated regions controlling specific functions, we now see the brain as being a more complex, dynamic and interwoven network of connections and interactions. Indeed the brain is really composed of a network of networks, operating at many levels and scales from the subcellular genomic, protein and signaling networks and synaptic connections between cells, to local and regional circuits, to higher level large scale networks connecting different regions of the brain. This meeting will bring together top researchers working at these different levels to discuss their recent work on neural networks, from form to function.

Website: http://www.cell-symposia-networkedbrain.com
Contact: Kay Russell, k.russell@elsevier.com

23rd Neuropharmacology Conference - The Synaptic Basis of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 9am - 7pm
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 9am - 7pm
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Elsevier Ltd.

Organizer/Moderator: Francesca Webb

Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Organizer: Kirsty Nochols, k.nichols@elsevier.com
Website: www.neuropharmacology-conference.elsevier.com

There is increasing evidence that neurodegenerative diseases have at their basis dysfunctions in the receptors and ion channels subserving synaptic communication. This would explain the cognitive decline and neurological and motor symptoms associated with a host of chronic disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Understanding the cellular and molecular events underpinning such synaptic dysfunction is a key goal if we are to halt or even reverse the inexorable deterioration currently observed in these conditions. Accordingly, much insight has already been gleaned on the genetics, protein misfolding, cell death pathways and mitochondrial involvement in chronic neurodegenerative diseases. From this insight has come greater knowledge of the fundamentals of synaptic function, but more so an appreciation of the potential, not only for drug-based therapies, but also biological treatments, for example via stem cells. This conference will bring together world experts addressing the very mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the prospects for treatments that such knowledge promises.

8th Brain Research Conference - RNA Metabolism in Neurological Disease

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 9am - 7pm
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 9am - 7pm
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Elsevier Ltd.

Organizer/Moderator: Francesca Webb

Location: Sheraton San Deigo Hotel and Marina
Organizer: Laura Copeland, l.copeland@elsevier.com 
Website:  www.brainresearchconference.com

Complex networks of RNA-protein interactions regulate post-transcriptional gene expression. RNA metabolism is particularly complex in neurons, involving extensive diversification of gene expression through splicing and redistribution of RNA subsets to the distant compartments where they ultimately function. In recent years, perturbation of RNA metabolism has emerged as a consistent underlying defect in certain neurological diseases, suggesting that aspects of RNA metabolism that are unique to the nervous system may also create unique vulnerabilities.

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

Other
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5pm - 7:45pm
Location: Fleet Science Center
Other
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8am - 7:30pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, San Diego Ballroom B
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: International Neuroethics Society

Organizer/Moderator: Karen Graham

Discuss the social, legal, ethical, and policy implications of advances in neuroscience with leaders in the field. Join us November 7 at the Fleet Science Center for a public event on neurogaming. On November 8, discussions continue on moral enhancement, states of consciousness, and criminality and rehabilitation. Be a part of the poster session and join the many opportunities for informal interaction. For details and to register, visit www.neuroethicssociety.org

12th Annual Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society Meeting

Poster Session
Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Westin Gaslamp, Garden Terrace/SD Ballroom
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 9am - 5pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 29
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institutes of Health

Organizer/Moderator: Eric Klann, PhD

Rapid advances in molecular and cellular tools are driving the development of cross-disciplinary approaches to explain complex behavior. The twelfth annual meeting will focus on recent discoveries in the field of molecular and cellular cognition. The MCCS will host a Wine and Cheese Poster Session (6:30-9:30PM, 11/7/13) and a Symposium (9:00 AM-5:00PM, 11/8/13). Invited speakers Richard Tsien (NYU), Haruhiko Bito (University of Tokyo), Lisa Monteggia (UT-Southwestern), Staci Bilbo (Duke Univeristy), Peter Rapp (NIA-NIH), Vanna Zachariou (Mt. Sinai School of Med.), Kobi Rosenblum (University of Haifa), and Kay Tye (MIT). Several symposium speakers will be chosen from submitted abstracts. The abstract deadline for those wanting to be considered for an oral presenation is October 1, 2013. The deadline for submitting an abstract to present a poster is October 18, 2013. Registration is free but required www.molcellcog.org For further information e-mail Eric Klann at eklann@cns.nyu.edu.
Wine and Cheese Poster Session: Thursday, Nov. 7, Westin Gaslamp
Symposium: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 29A

Friday, November 08, 2013

National Institute on Drug Abuse Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention - CANCELED

Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013

This event has been canceled. https://www.seiservices.com/nida/frontiers2013/

Tucker-Davis Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology (APAN)

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 7am - 7pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Sapphire Ballrooms CDGHKLOP
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: TDT-APAN

Organizer/Moderator: Yale E Cohen, PhD

This annual symposium facilitates the growth of auditory neurophysiology research in awake and behaving preparations and provides an opportunity for researchers to discuss issues of common interest and share their latest findings. Those interested in giving an oral or poster presentation must submit an abstract (~250 words) by August 1. We encourage the submission of abstracts by newly established investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Registration fees — advance (by September 1, 2013): $120 (faculty), $60 (students); on-site: $140 (faculty), $70 (students). For abstract submission, registration, and scientific programs, visit www.med.upenn.edu/apan. Contact: Lizabeth Romanski PhD (Liz_Romanski@URMC.Rochester.edu), Xiaoqin Wang, PhD (xiaoqin.wang@jhu.edu), Yale Cohen, PhD (ycohen@mail.med.upenn.edu).

Society for Social Neuroscience

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 7:30am - 8pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Sapphire Ballrooms IJMN
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Society for Social Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Tara Miller

Society for Social Neuroscience

Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 7:30am - 8pm

The Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN) is pleased to announce its fourth satellite meeting on Friday, November 8, 2013. The meeting will be held in San Diego prior to SfN. S4SN is an international interdisciplinary, non-profit, scientific society established to advance and foster scientific research, training, and applications. Seewww.s4sn.org for more details. As neuroscience matures, it has become increasingly apparent that the nervous system cannot be considered as an isolated entity, without consideration of the social environments in which humans and many animal species live. We now increasingly recognize the considerable impact on brain and body function of social structures that range from dyads, families, neighborhoods and groups to cities, civilizations, and international alliances. These factors operate on the individual through a continuous interplay of neural, neuroendocrine, metabolic and immune factors on brain and body, in which the brain is the central regulatory organ and also a malleable target of these factors. Thus, social neuroscience investigates the nervous system and its manifestations at many interacting levels – from molecules to societies – and brings together multiple disciplines and methodologies to define the emergent structures that define social species, generally, and which underlie human health and behavior, in particular. It is essential to unravel this complexity as we contemplate the future welfare of life on earth. Social neuroscience is the interdisciplinary academic field devoted to understanding how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, and how these social structures and processes impact the brain and biology. A fundamental assumption underlying social neuroscience is that all social behavior is implemented biologically. The mission of the society is to serve as an international, interdisciplinary, distributed gathering place to advance and foster scientific training, research, and applications in the field for the sake of humankind.


Contact: Tara Miller, t_miller@psych.ucsb.edu
Website: www.s4sn.org
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, Sapphire Ballrooms AB

Mechanisms of Communication: Critical Periods and Social Learning

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8am - 7:30pm
Location: Scripps Seaside Forum
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Mechanisms of Communication

Organizer/Moderator: Timothy Q. Gentner, PhD

The emergence of complex vocal communication during ontogeny requires a careful choreography between time-sensitive developmental processes and socially rich experience. This one-day satellite symposium highlights recent advances in the understanding of developmental critical periods and social learning and how they shape behavior. Invited speakers will discuss their work in a variety of systems including vision, language, and motor control and across a range of vertebrate organisms including songbirds, rodents, and humans. Open poster session.

Contact: Timothy Genter, PhD., E-mail: tgentner@ucsd.edu

Location: Scripps Seaside Forum

Brain Pathways to Recovery from Alcohol Dependence

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 24A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Organizer/Moderator: Changhai Cui, PhD

Significant research efforts have focused on understanding brain mechanisms underlying alcohol dependence. However, relatively little attention has been given to the neuromechanisms leading to recovery from alcohol dependence. The purpose of this meeting is to provide fundamental insights on brain mechanisms that contribute to the recovery from alcohol dependence. Ultimately, it is to promote studies in understanding neurobiological mechanisms mediating recovery associated with sustained alcohol abstinence. A panel of outstanding scientists from the alcohol and addiction research fields will be brought together to present their insights from diverse perspectives. The sessions will encompass multilevel studies to address mechanisms of relapse associated with sustained alcohol abstinence, cognitive function deficit and recovery, and translational studies on preventing relapse and promoting recovery. The panel discussion will identify priorities and research opportunities and engender novel research ideas in this area. This symposium is organized by the Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Speakers include: George Koob, Rajita Sinha, Mahesh Thakkar, Fulton Crews, Judson Chandler, Adolf Pfefferbaum, Howard Becker, David Lovinger, Barry Everitt, Chittra Mandyam, George Fein, and Marc N. Potenza. For details and agenda, please visit:

http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/news-events/meetings-events-exhibits/brain-pathways-recovery


Contacts:
Changhai Cui, changhai.cui@nih.gov
Antonio Noronha, anoronha@willco.niaaa.nih.gov
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 24A


Mechanisms of Misfolded Protein Propagation in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Madeleine A-D
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Organizer/Moderator: Margaret L Sutherland, PhD

Many age-related neurodegenerative diseases involve the anomalous aggregation of specific proteins within or among the cells of the nervous system. These diseases include, but are not limited to, mid to late-onset neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease (HD), and Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). For many years, the events leading to aggregate formation in these diseases were believed to be entirely cell-autonomous, with protein misfolding occurring independently in many cells. Recent research has now shown that cell non-autonomous or prion-like mechanisms are also important for the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases with intracellular proteinaceous inclusions. Understanding these cell non-autonomous mechanisms and their relevance to disease progression has the potential to open new avenues for disease-modifying therapies and biomarker development. This workshop will focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms used to signal or propagate protein misfolding within the CNS and explore current technologies that could help advance our understanding of the relevance of these mechanisms to disease progression. Investigators in the fields of neurodegenerative disease biology, synaptic signaling, and protein processing are invited to participate in this one-day workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Contact: Margaret Sutherland, E-mail: sutherlandm@ninds.nih.gov
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room: Madeleine A-D
Link: https://meetings.ninds.nih.gov/meetings/propagation/

The Neurosciences Institute: Past, Present, and Future

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 9am - 10pm
Location: Auditorium of The Neurosciences Institute, Located in San Diego
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Eugene M. Izhikevich

Organizer/Moderator: Eugene M. Izhikevich, PhD

Friends and alumni of The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, CA, will gather at the NSI auditorium to celebrate thirty years of impact, and to discuss its future of the institute.

Date: November 8, 2013 (Friday, before SfN annual meeting).
Location: NSI auditorium

Program updates are at http://www.izhikevich.org/meeting. Sponsored by Eugene M. Izhikevich, Brain Corporation, San Diego, CA.

Using NEURON to Model Cells and Networks

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 9am - 5pm
Location: See URL in text description
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Yale University School of Medicine

Organizer/Moderator: Nicholas T Carnevale

This one-day course with lectures and live demonstrations will present the principles and practices involved in modeling cells and networks with NEURON. Topics to be covered include basic concepts and workflow for creating and using models, speeding up simulations with parallel hardware from multiprocessor personal computers and workstation clusters to massively parallel supercomputers, and using Python with NEURON. This year's course will also introduce an important, powerful new tool: the RxD class, which allows NEURON models to include reactive diffusion specified by arbitrary reaction schemes. RxD will be particularly useful for multiscale modeling that involves calcium and second messengers. For further information and an application form visit http://www.neuron.yale.edu/neuron/courses or contact Ted Carnevale (ted.carnevale@yale.edu).

Cognitive and Neurobiological Aging in the Dog

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 9am - 5pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 32AB
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Christina de Rivera

Organizer/Moderator: Christina de Rivera, PhD

The meeting will focus on current cognitive and neurobiological research in aged dogs, with a specific emphasis on the translational value of the dog as a model of Alzheimer’s disease progression. A comparative approach to human Alzheimer’s disease research will be encouraged to provide the audience with new findings that can be directly applied to research for development of Alzheimer’s therapeutics in the context of our current understanding of disease progression. This will be the 18th conference on cognitive aging in the dog. Since 1995, the meeting has been held almost annually with an increasing number of participants. This growth in interest reflects both a growing scientific interest in the utility of the dog to model human cognitive aging and the growing need for improved translational models in this area. As a satellite meeting to SfN, we anticipate that neuroscience researchers previously unable to participate in this meeting will now be able to do so, which will build upon the meeting's previous success.

Contact: christinad@vivocore.com
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 32AB

Friday, November 08 - 09, 2013

Galanin SFN pre-meeting 2013

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 8:30am - 5pm
Location: Crowne Plaza San Diego - Mission Valley
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 9, 2013 8:30am - 10:30am
Location: Crowne Plaza San Diego - Mission Valley
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Galanin 2013

Organizer/Moderator: Marina Picciotto, PhD, BS

The Galanin 2013 pre-meeting is open to the galanin community to share the latest data in oral and poster sessions. The meeting will take place at the Crowne Plaza San Diego - Mission Valley all day Friday, November 8 through the morning of Saturday, November 9. Visit http://www.regonline.com/galanin_premeeting to register. Contact Marina Picciotto (marina.picciotto@yale.edu) or Tomas Hokfelt (tomas.hokfelt@ki.se) for more information.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Using the Neuroscience Gateway Portal for Parallel Simulations

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 9, 2013 8:30am - 10:30pm
Location: http://www.nsgportal.org/workshop.html
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Yale University School of Medicine and University of California, San Diego

Organizer/Moderator: Nicholas T Carnevale

This workshop is intended for neuroscientists who are already using or would like to use the Neuroscience Gateway Portal (NSG http://www.nsgportal.org/) for parallel simulations. The NSG portal eliminates most administrative and technical barriers facing neuroscientists who need to use high performance computing resources for large modeling projects. Its web-based interface simplifies the tasks of uploading models, specifying job parameters, monitoring the job status, and storing and retrieving output data. Simulators currently installed include NEURON and PGENESIS, and others such as MOOSE, NEST, and PyNN are being added now or in the near future. The workshop will combine didactic presentations by NSG's developers, discussions with experienced users, and hands-on instruction in how to use the portal. It will be held on Saturday, November 9, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at a location in downtown San Diego. Registration is limited so be sure to sign up early. To register see http://www.nsgportal.org/workshop.html. For more information, contact Ted Carnevale [ted dot carnevale at yale dot edu] or Amit Majumdar [majumdar at sdsc dot edu].

NeuroRehabilitation Social

Reception
Date & Time: Saturday, November 9, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 308
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: American Physical Therapy Association

Organizer/Moderator: Fay B Horak, PhD

This purely social event promotes interaction among members of the SfN interested in clinical and basic neurorehabilitation research. The opportunity will be available to announce openings for post-doctoral fellows, faculty or upcoming meetings. Cash bar and light snacks. Sponsored by the APTA.

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Room: Aqua 308

Contact: Professor Fay Horak
E-mail: horakf@ohsu.edu

g.tec’s Brain-Computer Interface Workshop

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 9, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 11AB
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: g.tec Guger Technologies OG

Organizer/Moderator: Christoph Guger, PhD

The direct connection between the human brain and a computer, a so-called Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), is what research groups all over the world are working on feverishly and successfully. A brain-computer interface translates brain waves into control signals. BCIs have been developed recently to improve the quality of life for people with severe disabilities. Applications of BCI systems comprise the restoration of movements, communication, and environmental control. During the workshop we will demonstrate the major concepts for BCI control including motor imagery, P300, and steady state evoked potentials (SSVEP) for spelling and robot control. New trends such as active and dry EEG electrodes, coma assessment and communication, stroke rehabiliation, and invasive ECoG based systems will be explained. The audience will be invited to participate in live demonstrations. Real-time experiments will show you in detail the required components and steps to successfully perform BCI studies. This will speed up your own research. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. For registration, contact vogt@gtec.at

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Social

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Cobalt 505
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Organizer/Moderator: James C Beck, PhD

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) Social is an opportunity for past and present PDF-supported researchers to interact and network. In addition, we welcome all those who are interested in Parkinson's disease research to join us.

Contact: jbeck@pdf.org
Website: www.pdf.org
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Cobalt 505

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Social

Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo 204AB
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Simons Foundation

Organizer/Moderator: John E Spiro, PhD

All are welcome to join SFARI’s Investigators and scientific staff for an evening of socializing and presentations on autism research. We welcome newcomers to autism research as well as those already working to uncover the mysteries of this complex condition. Simons Foundation staff will be available to answer any questions that you may have about the work SFARI funds, the resources we’ve created for the scientific community, and opportunities for funding.

Contact: Anastasia Greenebaum
E-mail: agreenebaum@simonsfoundation.org

University of California, Davis Center for Neuroscience Anniversary Celebration

Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: Solana
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: UC Davis Center for Neuroscience

The UC Davis Center for Neuroscience invites you and your guests to a wine reception to celebrate over 20 years of innovation and discovery. Engage in conversation and learn about exciting discoveries from internationally known neuroscientists, and meet and mingle with UC Davis faculty, students, alumni, and friends. This informal event is complimentary.

Contact:
Cristeta Rillera
cmrillera@ucdavis.edu

Stanford Neuroscience Program Alumni Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, La Costa
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Stanford Neurosciences Program

Organizer/Moderator: Ross Colvin

A catered reception for current students, faculty, alumni, and prospective students.

Contact: larkspur@stanford.edu
http://neuroscienceprogram.stanford.edu/
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: La Costa

Investigating Use-Dependent Inhibition of Ion Channels on Automated Electrophysiology Systems

Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: Point Loma
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Molecular Devices, LLC

Organizer/Moderator: Candace Anderson

Use-dependent inhibition of ion channels by potential drug candidates is an important aspect to investigate for many drug classes.

Use-dependent drugs specifically target ion channels in cells that are more electrically active.

For example, a drug targeting pain that is more potent to Na+ channels in neurons actively firing action potentials is a better drug candidate. Complex voltage protocols and long assay windows are required to study use-dependent block of ion channels. Data will be presented to demonstrate the ability of automated electrophysiology systems to study the use-dependence block of Na+ channel targets. Pulse trains delivered at 10Hz are used to measure the blockade of current. Control experiments demonstrate stable assay windows with uniform currents for up to 25 minutes during periodic delivery of pulse trains.

Contact: Candace Anderson, Candace.Anderson@moldev.com

ASPET's Neuropharmacology Division Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 304
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Neuropharmacology Division, ASPET

Organizer/Moderator: Lakshmi A Devi, PhD

This is a social event hosted by the Neuropharmacology division of ASPET for students, faculty, alumni, and others with an interest in this or related disciplines. Our goal is to provide an exciting networking opportunity for neuropharmacologists attending the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting to socialize with like-minded researchers. Join us to meet those who are making neuropharmacology an exciting field. Light refreshments and libations will be provided. There is no charge or registration for SfN annual meeting participants.

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Aqua 304

Contact: Lakshmi Devi, PhD
E-mail: Lakshmi.devi@mssm.edu

Arab Neuroscientists Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 26B
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Society for Arab Neuroscientists

Organizer/Moderator: Yasmine El-Shamayleh, PhD

The Society for Arab Neuroscientists’ 8th annual meeting will foster professional networking between Arab neuroscientists in academia and industry, recognize excellence and innovation in the field by Arab scientists, promote neuroscience education in the Arab world, and leverage support for research and development in the region. The event is open to all. For more information, visit: http://www.arabneuroscientists.org/.

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 26B

Decision-Making Social - Society for Neuroeconomics

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Sapphire 400
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Society for Neuroeconomics

Organizer/Moderator: Samanta Shaw, BA

Come meet members and past presidents of the Society for Neuroeconomics. You will have the opportunity to network with other decision-making colleagues at our 2013 social! There is no formal schedule for this event.

Contact: shaw@cns.nyu.edu
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Room:Sapphire 400

Neuroscience Opportunities in India

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 10
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Centre for Biological Sciences

Organizer/Moderator: Sumantra Chattarji, PhD

A discussion for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in neuroscience research opportunities in India. Whatever stage of your career, this is the seminar to attend. We welcome individuals interested in setting up labs or pursuing postdoctoral or graduate studies in India. It is a time of unprecedented growth for science and technology in India; new institutions, fellowships, and granting schemes have created opportunities to conduct research. Although challenges undoubtedly exist, this is an opportunity to be a part of the emergent scientific community and shape Indian science. Learn about India’s funding landscape, practical information on grants, and how to apply for jobs. Half the session is reserved for moderated discussion. Chair: Sumantra Chattarji, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. Proposed 10-minute talks to be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. Talks include: a 30,000 feet view of neuroscience funding and research in India from Sumantra Chattarji; IndiaBioscience as a resource from Swetha Suresh; a personal account of engaging with Indian neuroscience; on-ground realities: collaborations, publications, resources, neuroscience community in India; and a clinicians view, brought to you by www.indiabioscience.org.

Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Laguna
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Drexel University College of Medicine

Organizer/Moderator: Patricia Comey

Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni reception hosted by the Offices of Biomedical Graduate and Postgraduate Studies, Research and Alumni Relations.

Contact:: pcomey@drexel.edu

Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: Laguna

Neuroimmunology Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Manchester Ballroom B
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: (1) The Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS), (2) Dr. Keith Kelley and Brain, Behavior, and Immunity and Elsevier, and (3) Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG), Department for Neuroscience, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Organizer/Moderator: Staci D. Bilbo, PhD

Your immune system critically links your body, brain, and behavior. Please join us for the second annual Neuroimmunology Social at SfN. It will be a fun evening of conversation with new and familiar friends. Anyone interested in neuroendocrine-immune communication and its role in brain, behavior, health, and disease is welcome! This event is generously sponsored by the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, Dr. Keith Kelley in conjunction with the Integrated Immunology and Behavior Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Dr. Jonathan Kipnis in conjunction with the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia; and Elsevier for Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Contact: staci.bilbo@duke.edu
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room: Manchester Ballroom B

University of Chicago Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Bayside Pavilion
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: University of Chicago

Organizer/Moderator: Nicole Kaminski-Ozturk

The University of Chicago graduate program in neurobiology invites students, faculty, alumni, and friends to join us in celebrating our 10th annual SfN social gathering. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Contact: Chansel@uchicago.edu
http://neuroscience.uchicago.edu/
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: Bayside Pavilion

IBRO Alumni Symposium

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 4
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: IBRO

Organizer/Moderator: Susan J Sara, PhD


Modulation of neuronal networks for behavioral adaptation: IBRO alumni around the world on the cutting edge of neuroscience

Chairs: Susan J. Sara, Collège de France, Paris, susan.sara@college-de-france.fr

Hailan Hu, Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai

-Locomotor network activity after acute spinal cord injury in vitro: insight into basic cell death mechanisms.

Miranda Mladinic, University of Rijeka; Croatia, SISSA, Italy

-Consolidating unique memories: BDNF modulates adult-born immature neurons in the dentate gyrus during pattern separation.

Pedro Bekenschtein, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

-Shaping visual responses in primary visual cortex through inhibition.

Mir Shahram Safari, Rikken Institute, Japan

-Neuronal circuits by which the hormone ghrelin modulates stress responses and eating behaviors.

Mario Perelló, Multidisciplinary Institute of Cell Biology, La Plata, Argentina.


susan J. Sara, PhD
Directrice de Recherche au CNRS
Collège de France, Paris
Visiting Professor
Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai


Illinois Neuroscience Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Ballroom H
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Abbott Nutrition

Organizer/Moderator: Samuel N Beshers, PhD

This is a social occasion for members, alumni, and friends of the UIUC Neuroscience Progra.m. and our partnership with Abbott Nutrition, the center for nutrition, learning, and memory. A great opportunity to mingle, network, catch up, meet new friends, and to deliver your opinions to a receptive audience. New friends welcome!

Contact: beshers@life.illinois.edu
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room: Manchester Ballroom H

Chinese Neuroscientist Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballrooms A-E
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: SCBA

Organizer/Moderator: Sen Song, PhD

The Neuroscience Division of the Society for Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA) invites all SfN 2013 attendees to its annual social event from 6:30 pm to 9 pm on Sunday November 10. The Chinese Social this year will feature two distinguished neuroscientists, Nancy Ip of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Morgan Sheng of Genentech, Inc. They will be “interviewed” by Yimin Zou of University of California, San Diego. They will lead discussions covering wide topics on experience in cutting edge neuroscience research, leadership in research in academic and industry settings, role of women in neuroscience and the future of neuroscience research in general. Participants at the social are all welcome to join the discussions. This is a great opportunity to network, see old friends and make new ones. Food and drinks will be offered. All scientists, who are of Chinese or non-Chinese origin, are welcome.

Please Contact: Yimin Zou
E-mail: yzou@ucsd.edu

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Room: Indigo Ballrooms AE

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation Poster Reception

Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Indigo Ballrooms DH
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Foundation

Organizer/Moderator: John David Sweatt, PhD

 The main purpose of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation is to improve the quality of life by promoting research and investigation of the brain and the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of age-related memory loss. The MBRF Poster Reception promotes collaborations among researchers with similar brain related interests.

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Indigo Ballrooms DH
Organizer: Vicki Hixon, vhixon@uab.edu

2013 NIMH BRAINS Awards Ceremony

Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Cobalt 520
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: NIH/NIMH

Organizer/Moderator: Michele N. Pearson

This congratulatory ceremony will honor the 2013 NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists(BRAINS) R01 awardees. Each BRAINS investigator will give a brief overview of their project funded through the BRAINS program.  Before and after the presentations, there will be an opportunity to meet and network with NIMH leadership, program staff, and previous BRAINS award recipients.  This event is open to anyone attending the SFN meeting and we hope that you will be able to join us for this celebration!

Contact: Michele Pearson
E-mail: pearsonmi@mail.nih.gov

International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Manchester Ballroom G
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS)

Organizer/Moderator: Marianne Van Wagner

Social gathering open to all Society for Neuroscience registrants with an interest in the relationship between brain function and behavior. This event provides an opportunity to meet with other individuals with similar interests and is a rendezvous point for current IBNS members. IBNS, founded to encourage research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience, has 719 members from 36 different countries. Annual meetings of the Society are held in late spring each year, with locations varying to reflect the international nature of the Society. Information on future meetings and membership in the Society will also be available. Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be open. For additional information, visit the IBNS booth or contact the IBNS central office by email at ibns@ibnshomepage.org or phone at (830) 796-9393.

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room: Manchester Ballroom G.

g.tec's Functional Mapping with the ECoG Workshop

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 11AB
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: g.tec Guger Technologies OG

Organizer/Moderator: Christoph Guger, PhD

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 11AB

This workshop highlights practical aspects of passive functional mapping using electro-corticographic (ECoG) signals. Functional mapping of eloquent cortex is important prior to invasive brain surgery. Many studies over the past decade have shown that ECoG activity in the high gamma band is a reliable indicator of local task-related cortical activity and could  complement existing methods for functional mapping such as electrical cortical stimulation (ECS) mapping or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Topics of the workshops are the acquisition of ECoG in clinical environments; suitable electrodes, connectors, amplification technologies; experimental paradigms; real-time feature extraction; real-time mapping using SIGFRIED technology; topographic arrangement; and validation with electrical current stimulation. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. For registration, contact oehlinger@gtec.at.

Funding Approaches to Increase Collaborations and Mentoring Circles to Strengthen our Networks

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 30CDE
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Committee on Women in World Neuroscience (WWN) of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

Organizer/Moderator: Orly Weinreb, DSc

The Committee on Women in World Neuroscience (WWN) of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) is supporting this satellite symposium. The objective of this symposium is to increase the links between women across the globe who are participating in neuroscience by focusing on funding mechanisms and mentoring networks. The funding workshop will feature four speakers: Dr. Monica DiLuca will pay a tribute to the Nobel laureate neuroscientist, Rita Levi-Montalcini and focus on her research work and foundation. Dr. Emmeline Edwards will focus her presentation on NIH funding opportunities for international collaborations and fellowships, Dr. Orly Weinreb will speak on global funding sources for young neuroscientists, and Dr. Jean King will cover successful grant writing strategies and provide tips for navigating the peer review process. At the end of the formal symposium other members of WWN will join the speakers as hosts of a mentoring networking circle.

Contact: Orly Weinreb
E-mail: worly@cc.technion.ac.il

7th Annual Julius Axelrod Symposium - CANCELED

Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013

This event has been canceled. www.ninds.nih.gov/Axelrod2013

European Network of Neuroscience Institutes (ENINET) Social Event

Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Room: Marina Ballroom Salon G
Sponsor Category: Individual
Sponsored By: The Federal Ministry for Education and Research

Organizer/Moderator: Eva Helmstaedter

The ENINET - the Network of European Neuroscience Institutes - was founded in 2005 with the aim of supporting the career of young neuroscientists in Europe early in their independence. The network currently consists of 63 young investigator groups in 22 ENI institutes in 14 European countries (www.eni-net.org) The main goal of ENINET is to back young group leaders working in the field of neuroscience by promoting their independence and mentoring them. Group leaders are also supported by annual activities and interactions such as network meetings, retreats, workshops, lab visits as well as other types of joint activities and collaborations help to increase the mobility and interactions among young investigators and the European neuroscientific community. In addition, the network also serves as a platform for joint grant applications of ENINET members. To date, many young investigators have benefited from being part of our network and have successfully continued to become professors at many international top universities. Please come and visit our social event to find out more about how ENINET can help you get successfully started as a young investigator returning to Europe! You will have the opportunity to meet some of our scientists who will be happy to provide you with more information about our network. For detailed program information, please see below.

Program outline:
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. — Presentation of the ENINET network
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. — Presentation and discussions: How to start your group in Europe?
7:45 - 8:30 p.m. — Get-together

Contact: Eva Helmstaedter
E-mail: eva.helmstaedter@eninet.uni-freiburg.de

Horizon 2020: the European Union's framework programme for research and innovation

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Ford ABC
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Delegation of the European Union to the USA in collaboration with EURAXESS Links North America

Organizer/Moderator: Viktoria Bodnarova

Horizon 2020, due to be launched before the end of 2013, is the European Union's main instrument for funding research and innovation activities over the next seven years (2014 to 2020). It focuses on three overarching priorities – excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges. International cooperation in research and innovation is an essential element for meeting the objectives of Europe 2020. Recognizing the global nature of producing and using knowledge, Horizon 2020 builds on the success of international cooperation in previous framework programs and is fully open to participants from anywhere in the world.

During the presentation the main elements of Horizon 2020 will be described in terms of content, types of activities funded, forms of participation, the rules which apply, etc.

EURAXESS Links, the networking tool for European researchers working outside Europe and non-European ones wishing to collaborate and/or pursue a research career in Europe will also be introduced.

The presentations will be followed by a networking reception.

For more information:
Horizon 2020: http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm
Euraxess Links North America: http://northamerica.euraxess.org

Registration is limited so be sure to sign up early at: delegation-usa-era@ec.europa.eu

Please come visit our booth at the 43rd annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience – Booth #: 3826

Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 7pm - 9pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo 202A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Sandra Grasso

The Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience invites students, faculty, alumni, prospective students and friends to join us at our annual SfN social gathering.

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Room: Indigo 202A

Contact: SandraJean Grasso, neurosci@bu.edu

Dutch Neuroscience Social 2013

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 7pm - 10pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Edward A-C
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Dutch Neurofederation

Organizer/Moderator: August B Smit, PhD

Dutch Neuroscience Social Nite 2013! The annual Dutch Neurofederation social is the informal get-together for Dutch neuroscientists all over the world. This social is a great opportunity for Dutch postdocs, graduate students, and staff neuroscience to meet informally and exchange information about neuroscience in the Netherlands and international neuroscience experiences. Moreover, postdocs, graduate students who are considering careers in the Netherlands in clinical, preclinical and translational aspects of neuroscience can meet basic and clinical scientists from diverse settings, including government, academic, non-profit and industry from the Netherlands who have jobs opportunities.

Contact:  August Smit, PhD, E-mail: guus.smit@vu.nl
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room: Edward A-C

OIST Developmental Neurobiology Course Alumni

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 10, 2013 8pm - 10pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 310
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Organizer/Moderator: Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama, PhD

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) invites all alumni of the summer Developmental Neurobiology Course (DNC), offered since 2010, to join us in a celebration of the scientific community and network of scholars that have enjoyed DNC over the past four years. OIST has continued to grow and evolve, as have the careers of our students, and we wish to celebrate our collective success and promote future intellectual exchange. We also welcome students and fellows who are thinking of applying to the course to meet the co-directors, our alumni, and other faculty participants. Join us for a fun and relaxing evening social event.

Contact: davie_vanvactor@hms.harvard.edu
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Aqua 310

Monday, November 11, 2013

Internal Sensations, Artificial Intelligence and Semblance Hypothesis

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 7am - 8am
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 3
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Kunjumon Vadakkan

Organizer/Moderator: Kunjumon Vadakkan, PhD

Higher brain functions are being studied by examining motor activity, including the locomotion of animals and speech in humans. Internal sensations during higher brain functions take place even in the absence of any motor activity, making the former an obligatory function of the nervous system. Success in exploring internal sensations can only be achieved by hypothesizing the possible biological mechanism of its formation and verifying it through replicating in physical systems. This approach can be considered the gold standard. Determining a method to convert the first-person qualities of internal sensations to appropriate readouts in physical systems is a challenging but achievable goal. All these aspects will be discussed.

Contact: umvadakk@cc.umanitoba.ca
Web Site Address: www.semblancehypothesis.org
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 3

Washington University in St. Louis Neuroscience Reception

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: The Beer Co.
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Washington University in St. Louis

The neuroscience community at Washington University in St. Louis invites you to an informal social gathering for lively company and conversation. Join us in forming and renewing friendships and collaborations between past and present faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students. Prospective graduate students and postdoctoral fellows also are welcome to mingle and learn about current developments and future directions. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served to aid in the merriment. Reception will be held at The Beer Co.: 602 Broadway, San Diego, (619) 398-0707.

Tsinghua University McGovern Institute Social

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Indigo 202AB
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Tsinghua University

The McGovern Insitute for Brain Research at Tsinghua University in Beijing invites all interested people to attend this social from 6:30 pm to 9 pm on Monday November 11. The director Zhong, Yi will give a short speech to introduce the institute and there will be plenty of time to address your questions whether you are interested in how neuroscience is developing in China or if you are interested in joining. This is a great opportunity to network, see old friends and make new ones. Food and drinks will be offered.

Please Contact:
Yi Zhong
zhongyi@biomed.tsinghua.edu.cn

The International Society for Serotonin Research Mixer

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hennessy’s Gaslamp Tavern, 708 4th Avenue
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: International Society for Serotonin Research

Organizer/Moderator: Sheryl G Beck, PhD, BS, MS

Sequestration and budget cuts got you feeling like you’ve hit rock bottom??? Well, think again! Join us at Hennessy’s Gaslamp Tavern in the Gaslamp District in beautiful San Diego, just a short stroll from the convention center. Here you will find great company, fine food, and bountiful brews that will brush those blues away. As tradition has it, you can count on being entertained by amusing anecdotes from a surprise guest speaker, and, yes, serotonin will assuredly be mentioned. A charge of $25 (for those who pre-register, $35 at the door) includes a scrumptious appetizer buffet and two drink tickets. A cash bar will also be available. Payment can be made by sending a check made out to “The International Society for Serotonin Research” to Kelly Berg, or by PayPal to www.serotoninclub.org. Contact: Kelly Berg, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dept Pharmacology, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229. Email: berg@uthscsa.edu. Website: www.serotoninclub.org.

Neuroscience Down Under

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Randle Ballroom AB
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: University of Queensland

Organizer/Moderator: Peter Gerrard Noakes, PhD

A social gathering of Australian neuroscientists and colleagues to meet and chat about Neuroscience opportunities in Australia.

Contact: p.noakes@uq.edu.au
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room: Randle Ballroom AB

Tackling the Terabyte: How Should Research Adapt to the Era of Big Data?

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Sapphire 400
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Nature Publishing Group

Organizer/Moderator: Marcus Parker

It’s getting easier and easier to collect gigabytes of data, but most of us lack the skills to use it. Computer models also produce very complex theoretical predictions, but how do you compare the outcome of a complex model with the original data? How much duplicated data exists? What rights management is associated with data reuse? And should data that’s made available for reuse be peer-reviewed? Managing such large volumes of data represents a fundamental change in how experimental science is done, is the research community prepared for this change? How should we start to tackle this problem? Should universities have data specialists? And who would pay for them? Aren’t we all busy enough already? An invited panel (TBD) will lay out some of these issues and some possible solutions, and then the audience will be able to join in the debate. Following the debate, we invite you to stay for further discussion over canapés and refreshments. We will update our community blog ‘of schemes and memes’ http://blogs.nature.com/ofschemesandmemes/ later in the year when panellists are confirmed.

Contact: m.parker@nature.com
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Sapphire 400

Functional Brain Imaging at Cellular Resolution: The New Frontier of Brain Mapping

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 10pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, San Diego Ballroom Salon A
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Olympus America Inc.

Organizer/Moderator: Olympus America Inc.

As critical as fixed-tissue maps are for identifying structural connections, they cannot detail the actual function of live neurocircuitry. Once the realm of pure electrophysiology, functional mapping at the cellular level has taken on new dimensions with the proliferation of optogenetic tools, fast calcium indicators and optical stimulation technologies that allow optical stimulation and functional mapping of cellular responses across large brain areas. This symposium will focus on these new techniques in light of the NIH BRAIN initiative and discuss recent progress and challenges in functional mapping of living neurocircuitry.

Contact: tricia.duff@olympus.com
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: San Diego Ballroom A

Ernst Strüngmann Forum Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Point Loma
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Ernst Strüngmann Forum

Organizer/Moderator: Julia Lupp

“A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum”… not to mention during or after the Forum! Join us for an evening of relaxed conversation and reconnect with colleagues.

Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: Point Loma

Contact: Julia Lupp, lupp@esforum.de

Behavioral Optogenetics: How Neuronal Activity Relates to Behavior

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Edward AB
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Noldus Information Technology

Organizer/Moderator: Paige Roderick

Session chair: Lex Kravitz. Over the last few years optogenetic techniques have gained immense interest from the behavioral research community. Where other techniques like electrical or pharmacological stimulation indiscriminately stimulate large groups of neurons, optogenetics can target genetically specified populations of neurons within specific brain areas. This allows researchers probe the relationship between these neurons and behavior with unprecedented precision. Many researchers have integrated computer-controlled optogenetic stimulation with video tracking and automatic behavior recognition, allowing stimulation protocols based on behavioral conditions. In addition, such protocols allow for automated analysis of the behavioral effects of optogenetic stimulation. Today, optogenetics techniques and automatic behavior detection is within the reach of most investigators, and its combination with animal models of disease is increasing the understanding of a range of behavioral disorders. This satellite symposium will feature leading experts in the field of behavioral optogenetics that will discuss the latest developments and techniques.

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room: Edward AB
Organizer: Yvonne Humphrey, yvonne@noldus.com
Website: www.noldus.com

Deciphering the Neural Circuit Basis of Brain Disease via In Vivo Imaging and Optogenetics

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 25ABC
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Inscopix, inc

Organizer/Moderator: Scott Norviel

Modern understanding of brain disease is currently undergoing a sea change, gradually shifting away from theories that emphasize a dearth or excess of neurotransmitter, and towards more sophisticated theories in which neurons of specific types exhibit improper patterns of ensemble activity underlying aberrant human behavior. This shift is especially important for disorders such as autism, which defy simple neurochemical explanations and appear to arise from circuit-level abnormalities. For disorders for which there is altered neurochemistry, or neurodegeneration, there is rising appreciation for the equally important roles of pathologic neural circuit dynamics in causing disease phenotypes. Overall, this shift in how brain disease is conceptualized has led to a new set of scientific dilemmas as well as new opportunities for understanding the roots of disease and creating novel therapies.

One major dilemma that has emerged from the recent paradigm shift concerns the conceptual issue of how should aberrant neural circuit activity be optimally re-tuned via brain disease treatments of the future. Unfortunately, this question cannot yet be answered for the major human brain disorders, because crucial knowledge of both normal patterns of neural activity, and how these patterns go awry in disease, is still lacking. Towards addressing the issue, brain researchers have already created mouse models of many human brain diseases. However, until recently there was no technology that could visualize the activity of large numbers of individual, neurons of genetically identified types in the brains of freely behaving mice — and ideally in multiple mice in parallel. The newfound capacity to obtain such large-scale data sets is important towards identifying neurophysiologic signatures of brain disease and is a prerequisite for developing therapeutic means of re-tuning aberrant activity patterns.

This symposium presents recent developments in in vivo imaging and optogenetics that are together poised to help researchers obtain the key, missing knowledge about normal and aberrant neural activity patterns in mouse models of human brain disease, and the subsequent means to develop novel therapeutic strategies to re-tune and correct aberrant patterns of neural circuit activity. Speakers will come from diverse areas of brain disease research, and will discuss optogenetic and in vivo imaging techniques that allow one to prove the role of large-scale neural ensembles in freely behaving mouse models of human disease. For example, by using miniaturized microscopes for brain imaging during active mouse behavior, one can monitor neural dynamics in over a thousand individual, genetically identified cells.  The capacities to identify the type and circuit connectivity of the cells being studied, and for time-lapse imaging of their dynamical and coding properties over many weeks, provides unprecedented capabilities for studying how individual cells and ensembles respond as diseases progress, or before, during, and after candidate treatments.

Overall, the recent advances in optogenetics and imaging in freely behaving animal promise to yield crucial new knowledge of how circuit dynamics differ between normal and diseased brains, a key step towards providing the data to guide therapeutic strategies for re-tuning abnormal neural circuit dynamics.

Club Hypnos

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Sleep Research Society

Organizer/Moderator: Sharon Kerley-Bowles

The Sleep Research Society invites meeting attendees to its Club Hypnos reception. This event provides an opportunity for colleagues to share interests in sleep and circadian research. As part of the Sleep Research Society’s continuing efforts to advance the field of sleep and circadian research, all interested neuroscientists are welcome to attend the reception. This is a social event that provides a networking opportunity for professionals interested in sleep and circadian research and sleep medicine. It offers meeting attendees the opportunity to interact and learn about the activities of the Sleep Research Society and the benefits of becoming a member. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Contact: Brittany Manning
E-mail: bmanning@srsnet.org
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Indigo Ballrooms AE

Marmoset Social

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 310
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: None

Organizer/Moderator: Cory T Miller, PhD

This event provides an opportunity for researchers working with marmosets to share their experiences working with the species and discuss new exciting ideas.

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Room: Aqua 310

Contact:  Cory Miller, corymiller@ucsd.edu

The Grass Foundation and Marine Biological Laboratory Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Hotel, La Costa
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Grass Foundation and the Marine Biological Laboratory

Organizer/Moderator: Jennifer Park

This informal gathering welcomes everyone with MBL or Grass Foundation ties, plus especially those wishing to learn more about research and educational opportunities through the Grass Foundation and the MBL.

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is an internationally renowned center for full-immersion training and research in neuroscience. Fifty-three Nobel Laureates have been associated with the MBL over the years, and the lab continues to offer cutting-edge training and a unique cross-disciplinary research environment. Many neuroscience related summer courses are offered at the MBL. Students in these courses learn from leading scientists about the history and the outstanding question in their fields. They also receive hands-on training in the current state of the art techniques from the experts.

The Grass Foundation is a non-profit private foundation focused on advancing teaching and research in neuroscience. The flagship progam of the Foundation is the 14-week Grass Fellowship Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. This Fellowship provides the opportunity for neuroscientists during early stages of their career to conduct independent research for scientific discovery at the MBL during the summer. While sharing the Grass Laboratory, Fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL community.

Grass Fellows are working independently but frequently collaborate with other investigators at the MBL, either year-round investigators or summer researchers. Fellows take advantage of the extensive equipment loaner program. The Fellowship grant covers research and living expenses. Come and learn more about these amazing opportunities!

Contact: execassist@grassfoundation.org
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: La Costa

Association of Korean Neuroscientists: Annual Meeting and Social

Dinner
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: OMNI San Diego Hotel, Grand Ballroom 4th Floor
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Association of Korean Neuroscientists

Organizer/Moderator: Young-Jin Son, PhD

This is annual gathering of Korean Neuroscientists attending SfN. Please check the AKN website (https://akneuro.org/cms/) for location, time, agenda, and registration information. Dinner is served — please come and enjoy!

Organizer: Young-Jin Son
E-mail: yson@temple.edu

Location: OMNI San Diego Hotel
Room: Grand Ballroom 4th Floor

Advances in Single Neuron and Network Electrical Recording Techniques

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 23A
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: ALA Scientific Instruments and npi electronic

Organizer/Moderator: ALA Scientific Instruments, Inc.

The understanding of network behavior and the underlying cellular mechanisms is an important research focus of modern neuroscience. Electrophysiological recording techniques have rapidly evolved recently. In particular, high resolution recording and stimulation, focal delivery of compounds down to the synaptic level, and new in vivo recording techniques offer new opportunities for research at the interface between cellular and systems neurobiology. This symposium is intended for scientists interested in these techniques and the advances in instrumentation. The symposium will include methodological talks by international scientists within the field. Speakers from diverse areas will present results illustrating advances in neuroscience made possible by advances in instrumentation. The focus of the symposium will be devoted patch- and microelectrode techniques and related methods, and show how these methods can be used in combined experiments. The talks will illustrate a variety of new applications using electroporation, juxtacellular filling, single-cell stimulation, and high resolution recording addressable with improved devices, as well as sophisticated drug application techniques down to the single cell level. The speakers will illustrate the growing field of applications of these techniques on different preparations in vivo and in vitro. Organized by ALA Scientific Instruments Inc., Farmingdale, New York, USA; and npi electronic Tamm, Germany.

Contact: margaret@alascience.com
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 23A

HEKA Electrophysiology Update

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Santa Rosa
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: HEKA Elektronik

Organizer/Moderator: Jan Dolzer, PhD

For more than 40 years, HEKA has consistently updated both hardware and software products and gained a reputation for expert tech support and unmatched customer service. By popular demand, we are hosting a series of user meetings with tutorial presentations. We will showcase some of the new products for the experienced user and provide step-by-step guidance to the researcher who is new to the field. Who should attend? Researchers with experience in patch clamp electrophysiology and related scientific techniques; researchers who want to combine imaging applications, such as FURA measurements, with electrophysiology or electrochemistry experiments; and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students who want to learn more about electrophysiology techniques.

Contact: Professor Jan Dolzer, marketing@heka.com
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Room: Santa Rosa

Friends of Ohio State University Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 300
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: OSU Department of Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Dana M McTigue, PhD

The OSU Department of Neuroscience would like to invite all current and previous students, staff, faculty, and friends to attend the Friends of OSU Neuroscience Social. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for networking and socializing with past and present colleagues and new friends.

Contact: dana.mctigue@osumc.edu
Website: medicine.osu.edu/neuroscience/people/faculty/dana-m-mctigue-ph-d/Pages/index.aspx
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Aqua 300

Fluorescence Immunocytochemistry: Are the Brightest Fluorophores Enough?

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 32AB
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: R&D Systems Inc

Organizer/Moderator: Gregg E Hickey, PhD

Immunocytochemistry (ICC) is one of the most powerful techniques for the precise localization of intracellular targets in neuronal cells and brain tissue sections. But the assortment of primary and fluorescent-labeled secondary antibodies currently available commercially is so large that it makes it difficult to choose the right primary-secondary antibody pair. This workshop will review various types of fluorescent tags and discuss how to choose secondary antibodies conjugated with tags for both single-color and multi-color ICC labeling, how to minimize non-specific background, and methods to both prevent fluorescence fading and enhance its intensity. In addition, the workshop will address the effects of cell and tissue fixation on fluorescent labeling, the design of ICC controls, and the collection, recording, and post-processing of fluorescent digital images. Examples will be provided that include ICC images of cells and tissues labeled with organelle markers (for lysosomes, Golgi, ER, etc.) and anti-tag (e.g. c-Myc, Digoxigenin, GFP, etc.) antibodies.

Contact: Gregg Hickey, PhD., gregg.hickey@rndsystems.com

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 32A

Leibniz Lecture: NIELS BIRBAUMER on "Clinical Application of Brain-Computer Interfaces"

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 308
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Organizer/Moderator: Sigrid Classen

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) is proud to present Niels Birbaumer from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to review the clinical application, achievements, and unresolved problems of Brain-Computer and Brain-Machine Interfaces (BCI/BMI). This lecture will discuss how five of the ten leading causes of disability worldwide are related to the central nervous system. Driven by enormous growth of computational capacities and technological advancements, unprecedented progress in the field of neurotechnology was been made in recent years. In this context, invasive and non-invasive BCI/BMI systems using brain activity to activate machines, computers, and other devices provide promising options to restore lost or impaired functions. Many neurologic disorders such as stroke or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can result in complete locked-in state (CLIS), a state of complete paralysis. Such a state seems to destroy voluntary (operant) learning, an observation formulated in the extinction-of-thought hypothesis. For these patients, a semantic classical conditioning procedure was developed at the University of Tuebingen, which is independent of controlled attention and goal-directed thinking. A first case using a metabolic near-infrared-spectrospy (NIRS)-BCI suggests that restoration of communication in complete paralysis is feasible. The lecture will also review another line of studies using BCI/BMI for restoration of movements in chronic stroke and self-regulation of local metabolic changes (BOLD) with real time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rtfMRI) in schizophrenics and criminal psychopaths. Specific behavioral changes of self-modification of single brain areas and their connected brain systems will be depicted and discussed. The lecture closes with remarks on ethical implications and future clinical applications of BCI/BMI systems in dementia and small infants.
Contact: surjo@soekadar.com
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Aqua 308

In vitro Microelectrode Array Recording Techniques

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 24A
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: ALA Scientific Instruments and Multi Channel Instruments

Organizer/Moderator: ALA Scientific Instruments, Inc.

Intended for scientists interested in electrophysiology, this symposium will include methodological talks by international scientists within the field. Speakers will present results illustrating advances in neuroscience made possible by advances in instrumentation. The concentration will be on in vitro recordings using microelectrode arrays, illustrating the variety of recording techniques from a small number up to thousands of electrodes. Organized by ALA Scientific Instruments Inc., Farmingdale, New York, United States, and Multi Channel Systems Reutlingen, Germany.

Contact: maulik@alascience.com
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 24A

Schizophrenia Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 11AB
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Schizophrenia Research Forum

Organizer/Moderator: nico stanculescu

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Neuroscience 2013 to have a drink and some snacks with colleagues whose work touches on schizophrenia. We will have a purely social event this year, and we expect a number of senior scientists to appear, so stock up on your business cards and polish up your two-minute project summaries!

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 11AB
Contact: Hakon Heimer, hakon@schizophreniaforum.org,
or Nico Stanculescu, nico@schizophreniaforum.org
Website: www.schizophreniaforum.org

NIH BRAIN Initiative: Forum to Discuss Interim Report

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institutes of Health

The NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of brain function. The BRAIN Initiative aims to develop and apply innovative technologies to produce a dynamic picture of the brain, capturing how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space to encode information and code for behavior. Given the ambitious scope of this pioneering endeavor, it is vital that planning for the NIH BRAIN Initiative be informed by a wide range of expertise and experience. Therefore, NIH has established a working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) to articulate the scientific goals of the BRAIN Initiative and develop a multi-year scientific plan for achieving these goals, including timetables, milestones, and cost estimates.

As part of this charge, the working group was asked to produce an interim report in fall 2013 containing specific recommendations on high-priority investments for Fiscal Year 2014. The focus of this event will be to seek input from the neuroscience community on this interim report to inform the final strategic plan, due to the NIH Director in June 2014.

Contact: Lyric Jorgenson
E-mail:  jorgensonla@od.nih.gov

Location: San Diego Convention Center
Room: 33C

Taiwan Night

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 30CDE
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Taiwan Neuroscience Society, ROC

Organizer/Moderator: Cheng-Chang Lien, PhD, MD

To foster networking and collaboration among neuroscientists in Taiwan and abroad, Taiwan Neuroscience Society (TNS) organizes this social event during Neuroscience 2013 in San Diego. All students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors from Taiwan and all over the world are welcome to join this informal get-together. It is a great opportunity to meet old and new friends. Anyone who wants to announce an upcoming meeting or position posting is welcome. Snacks and drinks will be served.

Contact: cclien@ym.edu.tw
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/2013taiwannight/
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 30CDE

Getting the Most Out of pCLAMP Software

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 27AB
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Molecular Devices, LLC

Organizer/Moderator: Molecular Devices Corp. (MDS Analytical Tech)

Join us for the next tutorial in our series “The Getting the Most Out of pCLAMP Software.” Axon pCLAMP® software is powerful data acquisition and analysis software widely used for a variety of electrophysiological recordings in many academic laboratories. We will highlight features that can facilitate your experimental workflow in the process of data acquisition and analysis. All principle investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are welcome to join this educational event. To RSVP for this free interactive event, email to Jeffrey Tang at jeffrey.tang@moldev.com. Space is limited.

EMD Millipore Neuroscience 2nd Annual Twilight Talks: 2013 Advances in Visualizing Channel and Synapse Plasticity

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 10pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis - San Diego Ballroom Salon C
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: EMD Millipore Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Kevin D Long, PhD

The staggering diversity in voltage gated channel and synaptic receptor subtypes clearly underlies the amazing complexity of neuronal function. Recent advances in the study of developmental and activity dependent changes in neural architecture has revealed important dynamics in ion channel and receptor localization. Further, in the last few years there have been significant innovations and improvements to protein visualization techniques. Please join us for this year’s Twilight Talks symposium, where Profs. Richard Huganir (Johns Hopkins University), James S. Trimmer (University of California Davis)and Stephen J. Smith (Stanford University) discuss their latest research and their pioneering efforts in visualizing, quantifying, and manipulating channel and synaptic proteins in the dynamic neuron using powerful new techniques including two-photon imaging, multiplex labeling, immuno-photoablation and array tomography.

Richard Huganir's Talk: "AMPA Receptor Synaptic Plasticity and Brain Function"
James Trimmer's Talk: "Multiplex labeling: enhancing simultaneous visualization of multiple targets in diverse applications and sample types"
Stephen J. Smith's Talk: "Synapse Diversity: Why it Matters and How to Measure it"

Contact:
Kevin Long, kevin.long@emdmillipore.com

SAGE Labs Symposia

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 4
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: SAGE Labs

Organizer/Moderator: Sigma Life Science

The development of genetically modified rats has created an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to further their research. The goal of this presentation is to discuss in vitro and in vivo phenotypic characterization of a number of knockout rats developed for use in the field of autism research. The audience will have an opportunity to hear from some of the key players in autism research, and their studies using rats that lack key autism-implicated genes.

Contact: kevin.gamber@sageresearchlabs.com
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 4

10th Annual Christopher Reeve "Hot Topics" in Stem Cell Biology

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 6A
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation, EMD Millipore, Stemcell Technologies, Lifetech, Cellular Dynamics International, Inc., Lonza, Inc., BioSpherix

Organizer/Moderator: Evan Y Snyder, PhD, MD

You are invited to the 10th Annual Christopher Reeve Hot Topics in Stem Cell Biology, organized by the La Jolla member institutions of the Southern California Stem Cell Consortium, which comprise the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM): Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego. In this perennially popular "data blitz" format satellite symposium, you will hear 10-15 minute, short presentations by multiple investigators, each telling a single story and each talk followed by lively discussion and debate.

Contact: Evan Snyder, PhD,  esnyder@sanfordburnham.org,
Rachel Braithwaite, rachelb@sanfordburnham.org

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 6A

WWN Mentoring/Networking Circle

Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 7pm - 8pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room: 26B
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Committee on Women in World Neuroscience (WWN) of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

The IBRO Women World Neuroscience Committee (WWN) is holding the fourth mentoring circle at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. This event builds on the success of previous WWN Mentoring Circle meetings and launches a partnership with the SFN Professional Development Committee and the IBRO alumni in 2013.

The 2013 WWN/SFN Mentoring Circle is very much aligned with the WWN and PDC mission of improving career development, mentoring and networking opportunities for women neuroscientists around the world, with special attention to women in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, where women face challenging conditions imposed by tradition, culture, economic constraints, religion and/or politics. The event will be held in conjunction with the special WWN SFN event, "Functional Approaches to Increase Collaborations and Strengthen Research Networks" and consists of a mentoring social where international female fellows and WWN/PDC committee members can get to know each other in a relaxed, informal and fun atmosphere. Participants are introduced to the WWN and PDC leadership, invited to join the WWN membership, and encouraged to initiate broad partnerships and alliances with their peers and WWN/PDC scientists.

Contact:
Organizer: Emmeline Edwards, PhD
E-mail: edwardse@mail.nih.gov

Neuroscience in Germany XX Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 7:30pm - 10pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 306AB
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: German Research Foundation

Organizer/Moderator: Sigrid Classen

The annual German Social facilitates an exchange of ideas, contacts, and information for scientists interested in research cooperation and career opportunities in Germany. Come, mingle and network. Get in touch with German Research. Refreshments will be served.

Contact: emily.formica@dfg.de
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Aqua 306AB

Sleep and Circadian Biology DataBlitz

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 8pm - 10pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom B
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institutes of Health, National Center on Sleep Disorders Research

Organizer/Moderator: Aaron Laposky, PhD

The Sleep and Circadian Biology DataBlitz is an opportunity for those attending the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting to meet informally with researchers in related disciplines. Fast paced DataBlitz presentations (one minute, one slide) will highlight recent research developments. These presentations will be followed by an honorary, “two minute” plenary speaker presentation. Representatives from the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research and NIH Institutes will be present to discuss current research, future directions, and support mechanisms. There is no charge or registration for SfN annual meeting participants. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contact: laposkya@nhlbi.nih.gov
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Indigo Ballrooms BF

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Transitioning Beyond the Postdoc: Workshop for Early Career Investigators

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: San Diego Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom Salon D
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Organizer/Moderator: David Shurtleff, PhD

Are you at the end of your postdoctoral fellowship? Or are you a newly-minted independent investigator? Are you unsure of how to proceed during this transition phase? Then this is the workshop for you. There will be brief presentations on what you should consider when looking for a faculty position, how a potential employer might evaluate you (presented by the chair of a major neuroscience department), establishing your laboratory and getting the right people there (presented by the director of an NIH intramural program), and suggestions aimed at making that all-important first grant application successful including choosing the right funding mechanism and helpful hints to see you through the grant process. There will also be plenty of time for questions! Presenters: N. Pilotte, NIDA; P. Kalivas, MUSC; A. Bonci; NIDA; R. Sorensen, NIDA; H. Gordon, NIDA. For more details, see: https://www.seiservices.com/nida/frontiers2013/

Organizer: Nancy Pilotte, PhD
E-mail: npilotte@nida.nih.gov

Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marina Ballroom D

Iranian Neuroscientists' Social Meeting

Reception
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo 202A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: None

Organizer/Moderator: Torab

The 8th Iranian Neuroscientists' Social meeting will be held at SfN's annual meeting in San Diego. The goal is to facilitate and encourage scientific and social interactions among the expanding community of Iranian neuroscientists. This social is open to all conference registrants, exhibitors, and their guests. The evening event will continue by gathering for dinner at a local restaurant with details to be posted on IRNSC's website at http://www.irnsc.com/

Join GlaxoSmithKline's Vision for Specific, Closed Loop, Intelligent Neuromodulation Interventions for Disease

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Indigo 206
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Glaxosmithkline Plc

• Virtually all organs in the human body is innervated and is controlled via central and peripheral nervous systems.
• Current electrical and neuromodulation devices use non-specific targeting of neuronal circuits, are open-loop in design and use artificial  stimulation patterns (Figure 1).
• Scientific evidence across different disciplines suggest creation of intelligent, closed loop devices that deliver natural homeostatic electrical pattern is within reach, if disparate disciplines work together to create a new wave of bioelectronic medicines.
• Our vision is to create a bioelectronics medicine that will interface with a neural circuit (mostly in the periphery) at a micro/nano-level to be:
• targeting a specific neural circuit close to the end organ
• performing closed loop intelligent recording, understanding and stimulation
• with a high spatial precision almost at the individual fascicular and single nerve fiber level.
• How are we going to achieve this goal?
• Exploratory Research program to fund up to 20 academic labs  (to a maximum of 2 FTEs)– to identify potential areas of funding for proof of concept studies to demonstrate:
• neuronal axis of control (in disease).
• understand the neural code in health and disease (treatment code)
• develop and design the  future - miniaturized, micro/nano  scaled peripheral neural interface.
Generated IP stays with the PI, with GSK having a 12 month option to license the IP that might potentially arise
• Action Potential Venture Capital Funding In August, we unveiled our $50m bioelectronics-focused venture capital arm with a remit to support this emerging research community.
•Production and creative execution of  the first bioelectronics summit in December 2013 in collaboration with NIH and DARPA to achieve the following objectives:
• Coalesce the various disciplines – disease biology, informatics & signal processing, engineering to identify potential areas of collaboration.
• Transparent data and idea sharing among members of the exploratory research program PI’s
• Bring together thought leaders and experts who are willing to collaborate with us in this “bioelectronics medicine” journey to surface the question identifying biggest hurdle to development of bioelectronic medicine to catalyse the field further.
• The collaborative solvers will be eligible for GSK sponsored $1 million innovation prize. Come and learn more about this research programme and how you can join the emerging community of investigators who are researching ways to make this new therapeutic modality become a reality.

Website: http://www.gsk.com/explore-gsk/how-we-do-r-and-d/bioelectronics.html
For more event information: daniel.x.chew@gsk.com; Karen.2.birmingham@gsk.com

Alumni and Friends of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, UC Irvine

Other
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7pm - 9pm
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua 300
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Neurobiology and Behavior Department, UC Irvine

Organizer/Moderator: Sharon Kerley-Bowles

Neurobiology and behavior (formerly psychobiology) at UC Irvine was the first academic department devoted exclusively to the study of the brain. As the department prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we hold this special social and invite all of our alumni and current members of the department to attend.

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room: Aqua 300
Contact: Nlouridi@uci.edu