KITP Program: Anatomy, Development, and Evolution of the Brain (March 17 - April 25, 2008)
In partnership with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the National Institutes of Health
Coordinators: Ken Kosik, Alexei Koulakov, Greg Lemke, Sara Solla, Sam Wang

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Time Speaker Title
3/17, 1:45pm Moses Chao
NYU Medical Center
Functions of Neurotrophic Factors in the Nervous System[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/18, 9:30am Anirvan Ghosh
The Emergence of Synaptic Specificity in a Developing Neural Circuit[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/18, 10:00am Peter Mombaerts
Max Planck Institute of Biophysics
Olfaction Targeted[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/18, 11:00am Stuart Firestein
Columbia Univ
How Does the Brain Make Sense of Scents?[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/18, 11:00am Peter Mombaerts
(MPI Biophysics)
Stuart Firestein
(Columbia Univ)
Continuation of the Morning's Talks[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/19, 10:00am Catherine Carr Shared Computational Principles in Sound Localization[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/19, 10:30am Tim DeVoogd
Cornell Univ
Neural Plasticity in an Unconventional Animal System, the Songbird[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/19, 11:30am Val Kalatsky
Univ of Houston
Cortical Maps: Fourier Approach to Optical Imaging[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/20, 10:00am Holly Cline
Cold Spring Harbor
Rules Governing the Elaboration of Dendritic Arbors[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/20, 11:00am Winfried Denk
Brain Circuit Reconstruction by Sectioning Electron Microscope[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/21, 10:00am Henry Greenside Three Theoretical Problems Motivated by Recent Birdsong Experiments[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/21, 10:30am Maxim Bazhenov Oscillatory Synchronization and Information Coding in the Olfactory System[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/21, 11:00am Fred Wolf Genes and Symmetries in Visual Cortex Development[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/24, 12:15 p.m. Greg Lemke
Salk Institute
Building Brain Maps[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
KITP Blackboard Lunch
3/24, 2:00 p.m. David Feldheim
The Role of Ephrins and Structured Retinal Activity in the Development of Visual Map Topography[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/25, 9:30 a.m. Jenny Rodger
Univ. W. Australia & KITP
But what do they see? Functional consequences of abnormal visual system topography in ephrin-A-/- mice[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/25, 10:00 a.m. Alex Koulakov
Cold Spring Harbor Lab & KITP
Development of brain maps: Sperry versus Hebb[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/25, 11:00 a.m. Mike Levine
UC Berkeley
Gene Networks in Animal Development[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/26, 2:00 p.m. Greg Lemke
Salk Institute
Innate Immune Regulation[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/27, 9:30 a.m. Susana Cohen-Cory
Neurotrophin-induced Plasticity in the Developing Visual System: From Axons and Dendrites to Synapses[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/27, 10:15 a.m. Victor Luria
Columbia & KITP
Genetic Control of Motor Axon Circuitry: A Noisy Computation[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/27, 11:00 a.m. Sam Pfaff
Salk Inst.
Higher Order LIM Complexes and Cell Fate Specification[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/31, 2:00 p.m. Richard Nowakowski
Models and Controls of Stem/Progenitor Cell Proliferation in the Developing and Adult CNS[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/31, 3:30 p.m. Dennis O'Leary
Salk Inst.
Mechanisms Controlling Area Patterning of the Mammalian Neocortex and their Implications
4/01, 9:30 a.m. Ilya Nemenman
On statistical interactions in networks[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/01, 10:00 a.m. Guillermo Cecchi
IBM Research
Inference and Analysis of Networks from Functional Brain Imaging[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/01, 10:30 a.m. Armen Stepanyants
Northeastern & KITP
Automating neuron reconstruction from 3D microscopy images[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/01, 2:00 p.m. Fred Wolf
Discussion: Development of Visual Cortical Columns
4/02, 10:00 a.m. Sebastian Seung
The Computational Challenges of Connectomics[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/02, 11:30 a.m. David Kleinfeld
The Other 4 % of Cortex: Blood Flow, Vascular Dynamics, and Progress toward the Angiotome[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/03, 10:00 a.m. Edward Callaway
New Methods for Revealing and Manipulating Highly Specific Neural Circuits[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/03, 11:30 a.m. Dmitri Chklovskii
Howard Hughes Med. Inst. & KITP
From Neuronal Circuit Reconstructions to Principles of Brain Design[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/01, 9:30 a.m. Ila Fiete
Caltech & KITP
Dynamics in the grid cell network and the code for position in the rat brain[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/04, 10:00 a.m. Tanya Sharpee
Salk Inst. & KITP
Neural decision boundaries for maximal information transmission[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/04, 10:30 a.m. Anthony Bell
Biology: what's the problem? A levels perspective[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/07, 2:00 p.m. Ed Lein
Allen Inst.
Combinatorics and Brain Complexity: Understanding Neuronal Diversity Through Large-Scale Gene Expression Analysis[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/07, 3:30 p.m. Stephen Smith
Stanford Univ
Exploring the Diversity of Neural Circuit Components[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/08, 9:30 a.m. Stefano Fusi
Columbia & KITP
The importance of neuronal diversity in complex cognitive tasks[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/08, 10:00 a.m. Vincent Hakim
What can we learn from synaptic weight distributions?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/08, 10:30 a.m. Gonzalo de Polavieja
Univ. Autonoma & KITP
Predicting deviations from optimality and applications to neuroanatomy[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/09, 10:00 a.m. Simon Laughlin
Univ. Cambridge & KITP
Energy Efficiency and the Design of Brains[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/08, 9:30 a.m. Stefano Fusi
Columbia & KITP
Discussion: Cascade Models of Synaptic Plasticity: from Catastrophically Fast Forgetting to Efficient Learning on Multiple Timescales
4/10, 10:00 a.m. Chuck Stevens
Salk Inst. & KITP
Universal Properties of Axonal and Dendritic Arbors[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/11, 9:30 a.m. Nick Swindale
Visual cortex maps, feedback connections and apical dendrites[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/11, 10:00 a.m. Kathy Rockland
Long-distance cortical connections[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/11, 10:30 a.m. Elkhonon Goldberg
NY Univ. of Medicine & KITP
How the brain deals with cognitive novelty and cognitive routines[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/14, 2:00 p.m. Jon Kaas
Vanderbilt Univ.
The Evolution of Primate Brains and Primate Sensory and Motor Systems[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/14, 3:30 p.m. Suzana Herculano-Houzel
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & KITP
Why Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better: Cellular Scaling Rules for Mammalian Brains[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/15, 10:00 a.m. John Allman
Caltech & KITP
Von Economo Neurons - An Evolutionary Specialization
4/15, 11:15 a.m. David Haussler
A Rapidly Evolved RNA Gene May Have Played a Role in the Evolution of the Cerebral Cortex[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/17, 9:30 a.m. Barak Pearlmutter
Univ. Ireland & KITP
A Hypothesis for the Core Function of Sleep: Tuning for Criticality[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/17, 9:30 a.m. Kenneth Kosik
Evolution of the Synapse[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/17, 11:15 a.m. Herwig Baier
Genetic Architecture of the Zebrafish Visual System[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/18, 10:00 a.m. Sarah Farris
West Virginia Univ. & KITP
What Cross-Phylum Convergence in Higher Brain Centers Reveals About Universal Features of Brain Organization[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/18, 11:00 a.m. Jeremy Niven
Univ. Cambridge & KITP
The Evolution of the Insect Nerve Cord: Patterns and Pressures[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/21, 1:45 p.m. Anatomy
Development, and Evolution of the Brain
Welcome New Arrivals and Organizational Meeting
4/21, 2:00 p.m. Russell Fernald
Eye Evolution: Physics Meets Biology[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/21, 3:30 p.m. Georg Striedter
Developmental Bases of Species Differences in Brain Region Size[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/22, 9:30 a.m. Todd Oakley
'Tree Thinking' and the Evolutionary Origins of Phototransduction in Animals[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/22, 11:00 a.m. Jorge José
Deriving the Nature of the Top-Down Input in Visual Area V4 for Spatial Attention[Slides]
4/23, 9:00 a.m. Detlev Arendt
EMBL, Heidelberg
Videoconference - Evolution of the Animal Central Nervous System: From Platynereis to Vertebrates[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/23, 10:30 a.m. Ralph Greenspan
Neurosciences Inst. & KITP
Gene Networks and the Evolution of Behavior[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/24, 10:00 a.m. Matt Rockman
Princeton & KITP
Population and Quantitative Genetics as Tools for Probing Brain Evolution[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/24, 11:30 a.m. Dennis Wall
Harvard Med.
Comparative Network Analysis of Neurological Disorders to Focus the Genome-wide Search for Autism Gene Candidates[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
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