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Emerging science: At the center of Neuroscience 2013

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SfN is an unmatched venue for sharing great science. Attendees can take advantage of countless opportunities to share and learn about emerging and unpublished findings, explore career paths and professional development opportunities, and discuss hot topics in scientific publishing, academia, advocacy, public education, and more. 2013 events include:

  • Major featured and special lectures by world-renowned scientists from around the globe
  • More than 15,000 abstracts sharing new findings
  • More than 50 symposia and minisymposia with comprehensive coverage of vital neuroscience research topics
  • Nearly 600 exhibitors showcasing new tools, technologies, and publishing opportunities
  • Dozens of professional development, advocacy, and networking events
  • Selection of more than 100 satellite events being held in conjunction with the annual meeting.

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Dialogues and Presidential Special Lectures

Dialogues Between Neuroscience & Society

Ed Catmull, PhD, President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will speak on creativity. Catmull has been at the center of fostering collaborations across artistic and technological disciplines and overseen innovative creative endeavors for more than three decades. Catmull’s remarks on creativity and the mind will be of great interest to the neuroscience field. Each year, the Dialogues presentation offers a unique chance to explore the intersection of neuroscience and the human experience with prominent individuals. Past speakers have included the Dalai Lama, actress Glenn Close, architect Frank Gehry, choreographer Mark Morris, and artist Chuck Close.

Presidential Special Lectures

Scott W. Emmons, PhD, is a professor in the department of genetics and professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. Emmons occupies the Siegfried Ullmann Chair of Molecular Genetics. He studies the formation and function of complex neural circuits and will address the C. elegans functional connectome.

Gerald M. Rubin, PhD, is a vice president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and executive director of HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus. His laboratory focuses on the development of new tools to study the structure and function of the nervous system of the Drosophila melanogaster fruit fly. Rubin earned a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the (UK) Royal Society. Rubin’s topic at Neuroscience 2013 will be the functional connectome of Drosophila.

Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD, is a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University. He studies the physical underpinning of long-term memory. In particular, Lichtman writes in his biography that he is interested "in the way in which experience instantiates itself into the physical structure of neural circuits." Lichtman will speak on moving toward the mouse connectome.

Doris Tsao, PhD, is an assistant professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology. She earned her PhD from Harvard University. Tsao’s research focuses on gaining an increased understanding of how we know what we are looking at, how we identify objects, and what neural mechanism enables us to see three-dimensional space. Her presentation will address systems organization of the monkey-human cerebral cortex.

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