Optical technologies for manipulating and recording neural function have revolutionized neuroscience in recent years. Driven by the discovery of novel microbial opsins and catalyzed by neurotechnology and genetics, optogenetic techniques have provided researchers with new tools with which brain circuits can be studied with unprecedented resolution. We are pleased to announce a one-day symposium dedicated to these exciting advances. The meeting, entitled “Measuring physiology and behavior: Optical interrogation of neural circuits” will be held at the Lopatie Conference Center at the Weizmann Insitute on July 14, 2013.

This meeting seeks to bring the state-of-the-art in optogenetic technology to scientists in the Israeli neuroscience community. Studies presented in this meeting are selected to provide a broad overview of optogenetic tools and their applications to various experimental systems, from the cellular level through circuit to behavior.  We are pleased to announce that Prof. Karl Deisseroth (Stanford University, USA) and Prof. Peter Hegemann (Humboldt University,Germany), who pioneered the development and application of optogenetics, will both be joining the meeting and will present their groundbreaking work.

The meeting will include oral presentations and a poster session. Abstract submissions are welcome for poster presentations.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission is FREE, yet registration is required due to space limitations.

Organized by

Dr. Ofer Yizhar
Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science.
Prof. Alon Chen
Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science.

Conference coordinator

Judith Gan
Department of Hospitality and Conferences, Weizmann Institute of Science

Sponsored by:

Supported by:

The I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 51/11).

The Weizmann Institute Department of Neurobiology.