New Models and Tools for Studying Synaptic Development and Function

Original Broadcast Date: Tuesday October 28, 2014
Duration: 1.5 hours

Establishment of neural circuits is a tightly regulated process coordinated by a series of cellular and molecular mechanisms. Within the neural circuitry electrical and chemical information is transferred at the synapse. Dysregulation of synapse formation or function has been linked to a variety of neurological diseases including autism, schizophrenia, addiction, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Scientist brings together a panel of experts to discuss emerging technologies for studying synapse development and function. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the experts, ask questions, and seek advice on topics that are unique to their research.

Speakers:

Dr. Ed Boyden, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, MIT Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Dr. Donald Arnold, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California.

Dr. Loren Looger, Group Leader, HHMI, Janelia Farm Research Campus.

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