Cell Symposia

Forty years ago, landmark papers from Seymour Benzer and Sydney Brenner established the related fields of behavioral genetics and neural “connectomics.” These two approaches have recently come together, a fusion catalyzed by powerful new technical tools such as optogenetics. At this meeting, leading researchers studying Drosophila, C. elegans, and vertebrate models such as zebrafish and mouse will present exciting new results and consider our developing understanding of how neural circuits mediate perception, action, and cognition—hallmarks of behavior—in both invertebrates and vertebrates.

Final Program

Special Guest - Sydney Brenner

Sunday 2 June 2013
12:00-14:30 Registration
14:30-14:45 Welcome and Introduction
Session 1: Vision
Chair: Richard Axel
14:45-15:20 [INV1] Cell-type specific computations in retina and cortex
B. Roska, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
15:20-15:55 [INV2] Dissecting neural computation in the Drosophila visual system
T. Clandinin, Stanford University, USA
15:55-16:30 [INV3] Understanding neural computation: Insights from connectomics and theory
D. Chklovskii, HHMI Janelia Farm, USA
16:30-17:05 [INV4] Customizing neural circuits to perform specific visual functions
A. Huberman, University of California San Diego, USA
17:05-17:20 [ST1] Visual feature detection in flies
M.A. Frye1UCLA, USA and 2Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
17:20-17:35 Poster Teasers
Five presentations with 3 minutes each and two slides each
17:35-18:35 Welcome Drinks Reception
Monday 3 June 2013
Session 2: Chemosensory Perception
Chair: Marty Chalfie
09:00-09:35 [INV5] Molecular and neural architecture of circuits underlying social behaviors in the mouse
C. Dulac, Harvard University, USA
09:35-10:10 [INV6] Neuronal circuits and computations in the olfactory system of zebrafish
R. Friedrich, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
10:10-10:40 Refreshment Break
10:40-11:15 [INV7] Olfactory sensory coding of 'self' underlies display of social behavior
L. Stowers, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
11:15-11:50 [INV8] Order from disorder:  Representations of olfactory information in the cortex
R. Axel, Columbia University, USA
11:50-12:05 [ST2] The maxillary palps of the fly mediate yeast preference
M.C. StensmyrMax Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
12:05-13:30 LUNCH
Session 3: Mechanosensation and Motor Response
Chair: David Anderson
13:30-14:05 [INV9] May the force be with you: search for ion channels that respond to pressure
A. Patapoutian, Scripps Research Institute, USA
14:05-14:40 [INV10] Genetics of Drosophila hearing
M. Göpfert, Göttingen University, Germany
14:40-16:10 Poster Session 1 – refreshments will be served from 14:40-15:10
16:10-16:45 [INV11] Identification of cellular and molecular components of mechanosensory circuitries in Drosophila
Y.N Jan
, University of California San Francisco, USA
16:45-17:20 [INV12] Neurogenetics in C. elegans: Differentiation and mechanosensation
M. Chalfie, Columbia University, USA
17:20-17:35 [ST3] Mechanosensory interactions drive collective behavior in Drosophila
P. Ramdya,*,1,2 P. Lichocki,2 L. Frisch,2 W. Tse,2 D. Floreano,2 and R. Benton11Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
19:00-22:00 Meet the Speakers Dinner
Tuesday 4 June 2013
Session 4: Innate Behavior
Chair: Barry Dickson
09:00-09:35 [INV13] Genetic dissection of emotion circuits in flies and mice
D. Anderson
, California Institute of Technology, USA
09:35-10:10 [INV14] Circuits underlying sleep: Wake cycles in Drosophila
A. Sehgal, University of Pennsylvania, USA
10:10-10:40 Refreshment Break
10:40-11:15 [INV15] Sex circuits: the neural basis of Drosophila mating behaviors
B. Dickson
, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria
11:15-11:50 [INV16] Overlapping circuits for behavior in C. elegans
C. Bargmann, Rockefeller University, USA
11:50-12:05 [ST4] Functional characterisation and genetic logic of a bidirectional circuit switch in sex pheromone processing
J. Kohl, A.D. Ostrovsky, S. Frechter, and G.S.X.E. Jefferis*,  MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
12:05-13:30 LUNCH
Session 5: Learning, Remembering, Deciding
Chair: Cori Bargmann
13:30-14:05 [INV17] Neural control of appetitive behaviour in Drosophila
C.J. Burke,1 G. Das,2 W. Huetteroth,2 S. Lin,2 D. Owald,2 E. Perisse,2 and S. Waddell*1,2, 1UMass Medical School, USA, 2University of Oxford, UK
14:05-14:40 [INV18] Stimulation of distinct striatal neurons reveals divergent neural computations for value-based decision-making
M. Lee,1,2 L.H. Tai,1,2 and L. Wilbrecht*,1,2,3, 1University of California San Francisco, USA, 2Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, USA, 3University of California Berkeley, USA
14:40-16:10 Poster Session 2 – refreshments will be served from 14:40-15:10
16:10-16:25 [ST5] Redundant pathways specify male courtship in Drosophila melanogaster
B.S. Baker* and Y. Pan,  HHMI Janelia Farm, USA
16:25-17:00 [INV19] Gene-environment interplay in behavior
M. Sokolowski, University of Toronto, Canada
17:00-17:30 Closing remarks given by Sydney Brenner
End of Symposia


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