ASN * American Society for Neurochemistry
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Pre-Meeting Workshop

Optogenetics Tools, Techniques and Applications

in Neuroscience and Neurochemistry

Chair:  Ling Wei (Emory)
Co-Chair:  Robert Gross (Emory)

As a neuroscientist, neurochemist, graduate student or medical student, have you ever wished you could look at how a specific neural network works in real-time in a non-invasive way? Did you know that neuronal activity can be read out and controlled by a laser light? Specifically, did you know that individual neurons can be monitored and manipulated using lightin freely-moving animals to precisely measure the effects of these manipulations? If you are interested in these ideas and are curious about how these innovative objectives can be achieved by using a revolutionary technique called OPTOGENETICS, the ANS Pre-meeting Optogenetics Workshop is perfect for you!!! Optogenetics is an emerging technique that uses a combination of techniques from optics and genetics to control and monitor specific neurons with high spatial and temporal resolution. It was named 'METHOD OF THE YEAR" by Nature Methods in 2010. This workshop will introduce the key elements used in optogenetics research. Light-sensitive channel proteins, transgenic methods, state-of-the-art equipment, and animal models will be discussed and demonstrated. Experts in optogenetics and its application in neuroscience will present their latest research using optogenetics to study mechanisms and develop treatments for neurological diseases such as epilepsy, stroke and many others. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Emory University campus for an optogenetics demonstration followed by a trip to the field station of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (transportation and lunch will be provided). So please join us to explore a new era in neuroscience and the 'AGE OF LIGHT" (Nature Methods, 2013).

In the afternoon, the Delegates will be given the option to visit the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station.  Transportation will be provided from the Hyatt to Emory to Yerkes and return to Hyatt.


Development of Optogenetics Tools and Techniques
Ken Berglund, Research Associate, Department of Neurosurgery

Application of Optogenetics in Neuroscience and
Neurochemistry Research
Arthur English, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Rehabilitation

Optogenetics and Epilepsy Treatment
Robert Gross, M.D. Ph.D., Professor, Departments of
Neurosurgery, Neurology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neuroscience
and Director Translational, Neuroengineering Laboratory

Stem Cells and Optogenetics: Novel Approaches for
the Treatment of Focal Ischemic Stroke

Ling Wei, M.D., Professor and John E. Steinhaus Endowed Chair in

In vivo Optogenetic Control of Striatal and Thalamic
Neurons in Non-human Primates

Adriana Galvan, PhD, Emory

Optogenetic Modulation of Basal Ganglia Circuit Activity
in Rodents

Teresa Sanders, PhD, Emory

Precision Light Patterning for Microscopy-based Optogenetics
Michael Mohammadi, Andor

Multiwell Optogenetic Stimulation for High-throughput Disease Modeling and Drug Discovery
Isaac Clements,PhD, Axion Biosystems

Sponsored by

Registration Fees:  Faculty $100 / Student $50
Registration includes roundtrip transporation from Hyatt to Emory/Yerkes.