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Thalamocortical Interactions
Gordon Research Conference

Development, Function and Dysfunction of Thalamocortical Networks


February 18-23, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


W. Martin Usrey

Vice Chairs:
Martha E. Bickford & Laszlo Acsady

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 21, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

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.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Thalamocortical Interactions" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by October 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Evolution and Function of Thalamocortical Networks for Sensation, Action, and Cognition
    (John Huguenard / Leah Krubitzer / Murray Sherman)
  • Development and Plasticity of Neural Circuits Interconnecting Thalamus and Cortex
    (Sonja Hofer / Matthew Colonnese / Hey-Kyoung Lee / James Bourne / Tomomi Shimogori / Alessio Delogu)
  • Genetic and Molecular Variability of Thalamic Cells and Nuclei
    (Alessio Delogu / Guoping Feng / Troy Hackett / Kevin Mitchel / Songhai Shi)
  • Sensory Information Transfer
    (Diego Contreras / Randy Bruno / Heather Read / Botond Roska / Ehud Ahissar / Adrienne Fairhall)
  • Cortical Processing of Thalamic Information
    (Judith Hirsch / David Fitzpatrick / Arianna Maffei / Kenneth Harris / Na Ji)
  • "Top Down" Influences of Thalamocortical Activity
    (Farran Briggs / Barry Connors / Anita Luthi / Zoltan Molnar / Antoine Adamantidis / Kathleen Rockland)
  • Thalamic Function and Its Alteration in Diseased States
    (Jeanne Paz / Judith Ford / Vincenzo Crunelli / Christoph Kellendonk / Patricia Maness)
  • Contributions of Thalamus to Motor Function
    (Freek Hoebeek / Marc Sommer / Anatol Kreitzer / Adriana Galvan / David Kleinfeld)
  • Non-Classical Thalamic Functions
    (Michael Halassa / Dora Angelaki / Mario Penzo / Melanie Wilke / Xiaoke Chen)
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