Seminar and Workshop Programme
The CNT normally holds monthly seminars and workshops. The seminars will be given by distinguished speakers from within UCL and from other institutions. The workshops will be thematically organized, and will provide an opportunity for researchers within UCL working on closely related topics to exchange ideas and insights. Refreshments will be provided after the seminar, giving the opportunity for discussion with the speaker. In addition, an annual one-day March or July Workshop will be held, to which internationally-known external speakers will be invited, as well as presentations and posters from local contributors. This Workshop will be held in suitable UCL premises, and is intended to allow maximal opportunity for development of collaborative projects.
The monthly seminars normally take place on the first Thursday of each month at 17:00 and the workshops at 16:00 also on Thursdays, in the 4th Floor Seminar Room of the Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL), 12 Queen Square. All welcome. Free admission, no need to register in advance.
Rafael Yuste, MD. PhD (Neurotechnology Center, Columbia University)
The Novel Neurotechnologies: simultaneous 3D all-optical imaging and activation of neurons in living brains
Tuesday 8th September 2015 at 12:30pm
J Z Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy G29, Gower Street
Abstract: The function of neural circuits is an emergent property that arises from the coordinated activity of large numbers of neurons. To capture this, we proposed launching a large-scale, international public effort, the Brain Activity Map Project, aimed at reconstructing the full record of neural activity across complete neural circuits. This project was the origin of the White House's BRAIN initiative. As our contribution to this initiative, I will review our efforts developing optical methods to perform two-photon imaging and photostimulation of neuronal populations using spatial light modulators, PSF engineering and a variety of optical, optogenetic and optochemical sensors. These techniques have single cell resolution and enable online experiments on populations of neurons, such as detecting spatiotemporal patterns of neuronal activity in primary visual cortex from awake behaving mice and optically interfering with them. These novel neurotechnologies could prove to be an invaluable step toward understanding fundamental and pathological brain processes.
Note: This seminar will be preceded by the presentation of the 2014 CNT Early Career Annual Award to Adam Packer.