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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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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Thalamocortical Network Activity for Sensation, Action, and Cognition
  • Development and Plasticity of Neural Circuits Interconnecting Thalamus and Cortex
  • Genetic and Molecular Variability of Thalamic Nuclei
  • Sensory Information Transfer
  • Cortical Processing of Thalamic Information
  • "Top Down" Influences of Thalamocortical Activity
  • Thalamic Function and Its Alteration in Diseased States
  • Contributions of Thalamus to Motor Function
  • Non-Classical Thalamic Functions
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