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Computational & Theoretical Zebrafish Neuroscience

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Computational & Theoretical Zebrafish Neuroscience

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April 23 - 26, 2023
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The genetic, optical, and behavioral tractability of larval zebrafish and related species offers unprecedented opportunities for uncovering principles governing the large-scale organization of the vertebrate brain. A thriving community of interdisciplinary scientists is critical for building and using the sophisticated computational tools required to extract quantitative insights from the field’s rich and expansive data, as well as for devising models and theories that can guide future experiments. This workshop aims to provide a community-building forum for researchers at all career stages interested in the interface between zebrafish neuroscience and computation to come together, share tools, explore ideas, and chart a collaborative path forward.

This hands-on workshop will focus equal parts on theory and computational tools.  All attendees will present their work in short presentations with ample time for questions and discussion. The workshop will also include longer tutorials, selected from a pool of proposals submitted at the time of application, and interested parties are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to share their research in a deeper way with the rest of the community. The final portion will include semi-structured collaborative time to foster interactions between participants.  For instance, some participants might try out a computational workflow from another lab, while others might jointly apply an untested theoretical model to a new dataset.

This will be a highly interactive and collaborative meeting, and space will be limited to foster direct interactions.  Applications from students, postdocs, and early career lab heads are encouraged. Theoretical and computational neuroscientists, as well as experimentalists interested in incorporating more theory and computation into their work, are welcome. We especially encourage applications from women and those who identify with groups underrepresented in science.

Janelia will cover lodging and meals for all participants, and travel support is available to those in need (please indicate need in that portion of the application). Participants are expected to stay for the duration of the workshop and will also have an opportunity to extend their stay for continued discussion and collaborative time. 

Applications are closed.


Application Instructions 

To be considered, applicants must apply online and provide:

  1. Current CV
  2. Statement of interest
  3. Research abstract for a short talk
  4. Tutorial proposal (optional)


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James Fitzgerald, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Anne Draelos, University of Michigan
Joe Donovan, Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence
Martin Haesemeyer, Ohio State University