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Modulation of Neural Circuits & Behavior
Gordon Research Conference

Origins and Diversity of Neuromodulatory Mechanisms that Serve Basic Biological Needs

Dates

June 4-9, 2017

Location

Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
Joy A. Alcedo & Chun-Fang Wu

Vice Chairs:
Scott Waddell & Rainer Friedrich

Meeting Description

Basic biological needs, such as food, sleep or sex, modulate many physiological processes and drive the evolution of highly specialized and complex behaviors. The intensity and complexity of such biological drives and corresponding physiological states involve the modulation of a variety of neural circuits, where the interplay between neuromodulation and behavioral outcomes optimize survival in the changing environment.

This 2017 GRC meeting will bring together scientists from different disciplines to address neuromodulatory mechanisms that shape behaviors in response to these needs in health and disease. The meeting will include several general discussion sessions that aim to elucidate the similarities and distinctions across species and allow integration of concepts among diverse fields and the synthesis of general principles that underlie neuromodulation. Optimally, the organized and informal discussions, as well as the talks from invited speakers and from selected abstracts, of this meeting should highlight promising directions and promote renewed perspectives for the broad field of neuromodulation.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Beyond the Connectome
Discussion Leader: Barry Ganetzky (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmOpening Remarks
7:45 pm - 8:20 pmMu-ming Poo (Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"Whereto the Connectome Projects?"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmElissa Hallem (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Flexible Olfactory Behaviors of Parasitic Nematodes"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmKarla Kaun (Brown University, USA)
"Neuromolecular Mechanisms Underlying Alcohol Seeking in Drosophila"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmDavid Prober (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Neuropeptidergic Regulation of Zebrafish Sleep"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmModulation of Food-Dependent Behaviors
Discussion Leader: Rainer Friedrich (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland)
9:00 am - 9:25 amHerwig Baier (Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany)
"Hunting on an Empty Stomach: Neural Circuits for Prey Capture in Larval Zebrafish"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amMarla Sokolowski (University of Toronto, Canada)
"The foraging Gene: Unravelling Food-Related Behaviors and Metabolism"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:00 amJing Wang (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Modulation of Olfactory Information Processing Underlies Flexible Feeding and Mating Behaviors"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amPiali Sengupta (Brandeis University, USA)
"Modulation of Antagonistic Sensory Pathways Underlies Plasticity in Olfactory Response Valence"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:10 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNeuromodulation in Reward and Addiction
Discussion Leader: Marla Sokolowski (University of Toronto, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmUlrike Heberlein (Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"Reward Mechanisms in Drosophila"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmWei-Dong Yao (SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA)
"Cocaine Hijacks Hebbian Synaptic Learning Rules in the Mouse Prefrontal Cortex"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:00 pmMinmin Luo (Tsinghua University, China)
"Reward Processing by Serotonin Neurons in the Dorsal Raphe"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmExperience- and Activity-Dependent Modulation
Discussion Leader: Hollis Cline (The Scripps Research Institute, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amMani Ramaswami (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
"Inhibitory Engrams in Perception and Memory"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amYun Zhang (Harvard University, USA)
"Modulation of the Neural Circuit Underlying Olfactory Learning"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:35 amYi Zhong (McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Tsinghua University, China)
"Characterization of Memory Traces"
10:35 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:35 amDaniel Margoliash (University of Chicago, USA)
"Modulating Intrinsic Neuronal Plasticity Across Individuals, Times Scales, and Behavior in Birdsong Learning"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:10 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmModulation of Synaptic and Circuit Plasticity
Discussion Leader: Mu-ming Poo (Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmVivian Budnik (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
"The dArc Side of Arc: The Secret Life of a Plasticity Gene"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmAndres Villu Maricq (University of Utah, USA)
"Neural Control of Navigation"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:00 pmKara Pratt (University of Wyoming, USA)
"Subcellular Segregation of Sensory Inputs in the Xenopus Tadpole Optic Tectum"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNeuromodulation of Circadian Behaviors and Sleep Versus Arousal States
Discussion Leader: Ulrike Heberlein (Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amYang Dan (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Neural Circuits Controlling Sleep"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amJohn Renger (Purdue Pharma, USA)
"Pharmacological Approach to Sleep Disorders"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:35 amPaul Taghert (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
"Modulation of Neuronal Activity in the Drosophila Circadian Pacemaker Circuit"
10:35 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:15 amCoffee Break
11:15 am - 11:35 amLate-Breaking Topic
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:10 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmModulation of Affection Behavior and Social Interactions
Discussion Leader: Mario De Bono (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmLisa Stowers (The Scripps Research Institute, USA)
"Personalized Olfactory Perception Underlies Individual Differences in Behavior"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmDaisuke Yamamoto (Tohoku University, Japan)
"An Attempt to Visualize and Activate the Courtship Circuitry in a Non-Model Drosophila Species"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:00 pmPeixin Zhu (Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, USA)
"Defining the Genetics of Social Behavior: One Gene at a Time"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmModulation of Circuit Development and Aging
Discussion Leader: Mani Ramaswami (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
9:00 am - 9:25 amHollis Cline (The Scripps Research Institute, USA)
"Experience-Dependent Mechanisms of Neural Circuit Development"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amBarry Ganetzky (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"NMJ Development and Maintenance in Long-Lived Larvae"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:35 amShawn Xu (University of Michigan, USA)
"Sensation, Circuits and Longevity"
10:35 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:15 amCoffee Break
11:15 am - 11:30 amQueelim Ch'ng (King's College London, United Kingdom)
"Modulating Information Processing Functions in a Neural Code for Food"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:05 pmLate-Breaking Topic
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDiversity and Evolution of Neuromodulation
Discussion Leader: Ralph Greenspan (University of California, San Diego, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:55 pmPaul Katz (Georgia State University, USA)
"Species-Differences in Neuromodulation Underlie Evolution of Behavior"
5:55 pm - 6:05 pmDiscussion
6:05 pm - 6:25 pmLate-Breaking Topic
6:25 pm - 6:35 pmDiscussion
6:35 pm - 7:00 pmRonald Hoy (Cornell University, USA)
"Still Crazy After All These Years: Non-Model Animal Systems—Truth Will Out"
7:00 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:30 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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