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Cellular Mechanisms of Brain-Body Interactions

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February 25 - 26, 2021
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Organized by Misha Ahrens (Janelia), Asya Rolls (Technion) and Nelson Spruston (Janelia), this is the first in a series of planning workshops that will help identify where Janelia can make the most impact with a new 15-lab, 15-year research program. 

In October, Janelia announced 4D Cellular Physiology as a new research area, complementing our first research area, Mechanistic Cognitive Neuroscience and two core areas, Molecular Tools and Imaging and Computation and Theory. 4D Cellular Physiology aims to understand the function, structure and communication mechanisms of cells within and across organ systems. We aim to develop and deploy creative new approaches that will improve our ability to study cellular function in intact tissues, in living animals.

This workshop will focus on the critical interaction of the nervous system with myriad cell types in physiological systems across the body. Coordination of homeostatic processes in animals requires communication between the body and the brain, and our goal in this meeting is to identify the most pressing questions and exciting directions pertaining to the mechanisms of bidirectional communication between neurons and other cell types and physiological systems throughout the body. 

The virtual format will include 4-5 hours of short talks and discussion each day. All talks will be open to the broad scientific community. Presentations by invited speakers will focus on current challenges in the field and exciting new directions that could lead to transformative advances. If you wish to attend any of the sessions, click the "sign up" button on this page to receive the meeting agenda and zoom link to join when they become available.

This workshop will serve an important role in shaping Janelia’s ongoing research program, providing critical background for a new approach to collaboratively tackle some of the most important problems in modern biomedical research. 

Early career researchers, including graduate students and postdocs, are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for a 10-minute talk focused on how the development of new tools and approaches in the area of brain-body communication could drive your research forward.

Applications are closed for this workshop.

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Misha Ahrens, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Asya Rolls, Technion University
Nelson Spruston, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI


Dicle Berfin Azizoglu, Stanford University (Nusse Lab)
Diego Bohórquez, Duke University
Michael Bruchas, University of Washington
Jens Bruning, MPI for Metabolism Research
Daniela Carnevale, University of Rome
Isaac Chiu, Harvard Medical School
Zahraa Chorghay, McGill University (Ruthazer Lab)
Ivan de Araujo, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Viviana Gradinaru, California Institute of Technology
Chenghua Gu, Harvard Medical School
Jonathan Kipnis, Washington University in St. Louis
Zachary Knight, HHMI/University of California, San Francisco
Brendan Lehnert, Harvard Medical School (Ginty Lab)
Stephen Liberles, HHMI/Harvard Medical School
Ken Loh, Rockefeller University (Friedman Lab)
Kara Marshall, Scripps Research (Patapoutian Lab)
Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Imperial College London
Carlos Ribeiro, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Virginia Ruetten, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI (Ahrens Lab)
Michal Schwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science
Allyson Sgro, Boston University
Beth Stevens, HHMI/Harvard Medical School & Broad Institute/MIT
David Tingley, New York University (Buzsaki Lab)
Kevin Tracey, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
Claire Wyart, Institut du Cerveau (ICM)
Zepeng Yao, University of California, Berkeley (Scott Lab)
Lihua Ye, Duke University School of Medicine (Rawls Lab)

Discussion Leaders

Gwyneth Card, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Isabel Espinosa Medina, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Adam Kepecs, Washington University
Baljit Khakh, University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Levin, Tufts University
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, HHMI/Janelia Research Campus
Loren Looger, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale University
Michelle Monje, Stanford University
Scott Sternson, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Alison Tebo, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Henrique Veiga-Fernandes, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Daily schedule (subject to change)

Session 1   11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Session 2   12:15 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Break   1:20 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Session 3   1:35 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Session 4   2:50 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

*all times in EST

Each session will have 3-4 short talks plus 30 minutes of moderated Q&A and discussion.