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Thalamocortical Interactions
Gordon Research Conference

Cell and Circuit Properties of Thalamocortical Interactions

Dates

February 14-19, 2016

Location

Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA

Organizers

Chair:
Murray Sherman

Vice Chair:
W. Martin Usrey

Meeting Description

The conference will bring together experimentalists and theoreticians at all career stages, from pre- and postdoctoral fellows to assistant and full professors, to present and discuss the latest advances in our understanding of the organization, development, function, and plasticity of thalamocortical networks, and the impact of disease on thalamocortical interactions. A particular strength of the conference will be the cross talk and discussion that will be emphasized and generated between basic-science and clinical researchers studying thalamocortical interactions at different spatial and temporal scales as well as across different sensory, motor and cognitive modalities.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmEvolution and Function of Thalamocortical Interactions in Primates
Discussion Leader: William Guido (University of Louisville, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmJon Kaas (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Understanding the Pulvinar Complex in Primates"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmRobert Wurtz (National Eye Institute, NIH, USA)
"Thalamic Contributions to the Two Grand Illusions of Primate Vision"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThalamic Circuits
Discussion Leader: William Guido (University of Louisville, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJudith Hirsch (University of Southern California, USA)
"Thalamic Contributions to Vision"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMartha Bickford (University of Louisville, USA)
"Visual Thalamus Circuit Diversity: Does the Superior Colliculus Act as a "Backseat Driver"?"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amChinfei Chen (Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Mechanisms of Sensory-Dependent Retinogeniculate Remodeling"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:20 amMichael Beierlein (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA)
"Cholinergic Control of Thalamic Circuits"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amLee Cox (Michigan State University, USA)
"Complex Regulation of Inhibition in Thalamocortical Circuits"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmThalamocortical Processing
Discussion Leader: William Guido (University of Louisville, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmFrancisco Clasca (Autonomous University of Madrid School of Medicine, Spain)
"Thalamic Projection Neurons Axonal Architectures: Seeing the Trees and the Forest"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmW. Martin Usrey (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Refinement of Visual Information en Route to Primary Visual Cortex"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJose-Manuel Alonso (State University of New York College of Optometry, USA)
"Functional Organization of ON and OFF Pathways in Visual Cortex"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCorticothalamic Processing
Discussion Leader: Vivien Casagrande (Vanderbilt University Medical School, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amFarran Briggs (Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, USA)
"Corticogeniculate Feedback and the Timing of Visual Responses"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amHelen Barbas (Boston University, USA)
"What Does the Amygdala Tell the Mediodorsal Thalamus and Prefrontal Cortex?"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amSolange Brown (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Intracortical Circuits of Corticothalamic Neurons"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:20 amMassimo Scanziani (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"From Thalamus to Cortex and Back: The Superhighway of Visual Processing"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amLaszlo Acsady (Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
"Nucleus Specificity of Thalamocortical Processing"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmComputation and Theory
Discussion Leader: Eric Shea-Brown (University of Washington, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmFritz Sommer (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Recoding of Visual Information in Thalamus"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmTerry Sejnowski (Salk Institute, USA)
"Thalamocortical Traveling Waves in Humans"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmLarry Abbott (Columbia University, USA)
"Basal Ganglion Modulation of Thalamocortical Loops for Motor Sequence Generation"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmKen Miller (Columbia University, USA)
"Recent Results on the Stabilized Supralinear Network"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThalamus and Schizophrenia
Discussion Leader: John Csernansky (Northwestern University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAlan Anticevic (Yale University, USA)
"Examining Thalamic Connectivity in Chronic Schizophrenia, Clinical High Risk and Following NMDAR Antagonism"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMonte Buchsbaum (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Thalamus Connectivity in Schizophrenia Assessed with Multimodal Imaging with 18F-Fallypride, 18F-Deoxyglucose, and Fractional Anisotropy"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amAnthony Grace (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Nucleus Reuniens Controls Hippocampal Gating of VTA Dopamine Neuron Activity: Relevance to Schizophrenia"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:20 amJohn Lisman (Brandeis University, USA)
"Causal Role of Abnormal Thalamic Low Frequency Oscillations in Schizophrenia"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmThalamus and Epilepsy
Discussion Leader: John Lisman (Brandeis University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmJohn Huguenard (Stanford University, USA)
"Inhibition in the Thalamus: An Activity-Dependent Seizure Regulatory System"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmNathalie Leresche (Pierre and Marie Curie University, France)
"T Current and GABA, a Bidirectional Relationship"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJeanne Paz (Gladstone Institutes / University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Bi-Directional Control of Epileptic Networks by the Thalamus"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmJason Maclean (University of Chicago, USA)
"Local Changes in Neocortical Circuit Dynamics Coincide with the S of Seizures to Thalamus in a Model of Epilepsy"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThalamocortical Interactions and Behavior
Discussion Leader: Tania Pasternak (University of Rochester, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amSonja Hofer (Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland)
"Diverse Contextual Signals Conveyed by Thalamus to Visual Cortex"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amHarvey Swadlow (University of Connecticut, USA)
"Corticogeniculate Information Flow and the Vast Range of Corticothalamic Axonal Conduction Times"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amYogita Chudasama (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, USA)
"The Executive Thalamus"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:20 amWilliam Guido (University of Louisville, USA)
"Form and Development of Nonretinal Circuits in Visual Thalamus"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amMichael Halassa (New York University, USA)
"Thalamic Inhibition as a Mechanism of Attentional Allocation"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmBehavioral Correlates of Higher Order Thalamic Relays
Discussion Leader: Tania Pasternak (University of Rochester, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAnna Mitchell (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"The Influence of the Mediodorsal Thalamus in Cognition: Evidence from Behavioral and Cognitive Studies, Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging Using Animal Models and Humans"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmDavid Leopold (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, USA)
"High-Resolution Mapping of Electrophysiological Responses in the Pulvinar"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmSabine Kastner (Princeton University, USA)
"Network Dynamics for Attentional Selection in the Primate Brain"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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