Integrative Approaches to Brain Complexity

Venue: Wellcome Trust Conference Centre

Location: Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 01, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 04, 2008
Registration Date: Jul 09, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 09, 2008
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Integrative Approaches to
Brain Complexity
October 1 - 5, 2008
Abstract Deadline - July 9, 2008
Seth Grant, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Nathaniel Heintz, HHMI/The Rockerfeller University, USA
Jeffrey Noebels, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

The fourth Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Wellcome Trust conference on Integrative Approaches to Brain Complexity will be held at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK. The meeting will begin in the afternoon of Wednesday October 1 (2pm), and end with a banquet on Saturday evening, with departure on Sunday morning, October 5, 2008.
Understanding the structural and functional complexity of the vertebrate nervous system is the theme of this meeting. Advances in genomics and proteomics are defining the molecular building blocks that underpin the structural complexity of the brain and it behavioural output. Combining genetic discoveries with anatomical, electrophysiological and behavioural findings, it is now feasible to integrate this knowledge.

This meeting will address approaches ranging from molecular biology to behaving animal studies, from single gene to complex sets of genes, from synapses to networked brain functions. Emphasis will be placed on large scale approaches that generate accesssible molecular and biological databases. Strategies for acquisition of molecular, physiological and behavioural data on a large scale and the analysis and integration of this data will be addressed. In keeping with traditional Cold Spring Harbor meetings, the majority of oral presentations will be drawn from openly submitted abstracts.

Tentative Topics
Genetic technologies: QTL / Targeted gene mutation / Chemical mutagenesis / DNA microarrays / Proteomics
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Comparative neurogenomics
Brain transcriptome & gene expression mapping
Protein interactions & biochemical pathway mapping
Brain atlases & anatomical pathway mapping
Electrophysiological approaches
Behavioural methods
Databases and management
Data integration and systems biology
Clinical genetics

Keynote Speaker (Francis Crick Lecture in Neuroscience)
Nigel Unwin, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Discussion Leaders:
Edward Boyden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University, USA
Winfried Denk, Max-Planck Institute, Germany
Daniel Geschwind, UCLA Center for Autism Research, USA
Sten Grillner, Karolinska Insitute, Sweden
Arthur Konnerth, Ludwig-Maximillians University, Germany
Anders Lansner, KTH/CSC/CB, Sweden
Gilles Laurent, California Institute of Technology, USA
Joseph LeDoux, New York University, USA
Susana Lima, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Hannah Monyer, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Lennart Mucke, University of California, San Francisco, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, USA
Shigetada Nakanishi, Osaka Biosciences Institute, Japan
Andreas Schaefer, Max-Planck-Institute, Heidelberg, Germany
Erin Schuman, HHMI/California Institute of Technology, USA
Peter Seeburg, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Angus Silver, University College London, UK
Jesper Sjostrom, University College London, UK
Peter Somogyi, Medical Research Council, UK
Stephen Williams, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

All registrations and abstracts MUST be submitted by the abstract deadline, July 9, 2008. Late registration may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We look forward to seeing you at Hinxton in October.

Academic Package Single Occupancy* GBP700
Academic Package Double Occupancy* GBP625
Graduate/PhD Student Package Double Occupancy* GBP565
Corporate Package Single Occupancy* GBP900
Academic/Student No-Housing Package GBP450
Corporate No-Housing Package GBP590
Double Occupancy = 2 Separate Beds

Regular packages are all inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, wine-and-cheese party, banquet, etc. No Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to the meeting. Where applicable, payments will be processed using the daily exchange rate.

Both single and double occupancy accomodation is available at Hinxton on a first-come-first-served basis. Once accomodations are full, delegates will be advised to make their own housing arrangements. The conference center will provide coaches for departure to airports and Central Cambridge only.


Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
United Kingdom