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Color Vision: Circuits and Behavior

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Color Vision: Circuits and Behavior

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April 7 - 10, 2019
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Color vision plays a central role in many aspects of cognition and behavior, from social signaling and foraging, to spatial navigation and circadian rhythms. Recent advances in genetic and neuroanatomical methods are powering rapid progress in describing the circuits processing color information, which in turn inform studies of how these circuits develop and evolve. For example, techniques exploiting CRISPR/Cas9 can now be used to understand how retinal mosaics form in exquisitely color-tuned butterflies and test their contribution to color behavior. Meanwhile, in the genetically accessible animals such as the mouse, zebrafish and fruit fly, genetic tools and connectomics allow color circuitry to be identified throughout the central brain, but we are only just beginning to characterize the natural color behavior of these animals. This is an exciting time to bring together leading scientists to share expertise gleaned from the full range of model systems and approaches, from humans to basal invertebrates, to fully harness the potential of these advances. Topics include, but are not restricted to, the analysis of natural scenes, circuitry for chromatic discriminations and behaviors and the evolution of color circuitry. The meeting will be organized to facilitate vigorous discussions across organisms and research themes.

Application deadline (extended!)December 7, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)

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Tom Baden, University of Sussex
Silke Haverkamp, Research Center Caesar
Almut Kelber, Lund University
Kit Longden, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Michael Reiser, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI

Invited Participants

Kentaro Arikawa, SOKENDAI Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Rudy Behnia, Columbia University
Adriana Briscoe, University of California, Irvine
Eleanor Caves, Duke University
Belinda Chang, University of Toronto
Thomas Cronin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Inigo Flamarique, Simon Fraser University
Katrin Franke, University of Tübingen
Natalie Hempel de Ibarra, University of Exeter
Greg Horwitz, University of Washington
Maximilian Jösch, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
Chi-Hon Lee, Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology
Robert Lucas, Univeristy of Manchester
Paul Martin, University of Sydney
Kathy Mullen, McGill University
Jay Neitz, University of Washington
Daniel Osorio, University of Sussex
Stephanie Palmer, University of Chicago
Michael Perry, University of California San Diego
Christopher Schnaitmann, University of Freiburg
Mary Stoddard, Princeton University
Matthew Toomey, Washington University Medical School Saint Louis
Anette Werner, University of Tübingen
Chi Zhang, University of Washington