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Sexually Dimorphic Circuits and Behaviors

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March 3 - 6, 2024
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Females and males of many species exhibit striking sexual dimorphisms in their behaviors due to sex-specific differences in the underlying neural circuitry. Fundamental studies in model organisms, such as Drosophila melanogaster, have shed light on the molecular and developmental mechanisms that give rise to sexual dimorphisms in the architecture and function of neural circuits. However, it has been previously difficult to decode the circuit logic of how male and female brains differ and the extent to which these dimorphisms are shared across species. Recent advances in quantitative behavioral analysis, genomics, functional imaging, and connectomic tools now have the potential to transform our understanding of sexually-dimorphic features of neural circuits.

This conference will bring together researchers studying sexual dimorphisms in neural architecture, molecular signaling, and behavior, working in diverse invertebrate and vertebrate models to offer a comparative approach. Through presentations and discussions, we aim to reveal how emerging tools can be applied to elucidate the neural basis for sexual dimorphic behaviors and develop a broader understanding of the conserved principles underlying sexually dimorphic circuits.

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. 

The meeting will begin at 6pm ET on the first day and end by 1pm ET on the last.

Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2023 (11:59 pm ET)

Please note: Because Janelia conferences are intentionally small and selective, we may not be able to accommodate all applicants. We strive for as broad a representation across labs as possible and therefore may limit participation to one person per group. Preference is given to applicants who are active researchers in the field and intend to present their work as a poster or selected talk.

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Katie Schretter, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
David Stern, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Greg Jefferis, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Vanessa Ruta, HHMI/Rockefeller University

Invited Participants

David Anderson, HHMI/California Institute of Technology
Kenta Asahina, Salk Institute
Andrés Bendesky, Columbia University
Richard Benton, University of Lausanne
Jean-Christophe Billeter, University of Groningen
Kristin Branson, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Josie Clowney, University of Michigan
Michael Crickmore, Harvard Medical School
María de la Paz Fernández, Barnard College
Yun Ding, University of Pennsylvania
Catherine Dulac, HHMI/Harvard University
Stephen Goodwin, University of Oxford
Ilona Grunwald Kadow, University of Bonn 
Weizhe Hong, University of California, Los Angeles
Bianca Jones Marlin, Columbia University
Susana Lima, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Imperial College London
Mala Murthy, Princeton University
Meital Oren-Suissa, Weizmann Institute of Science
Adriane Otopalik, Rockefeller University
Yufeng Pan, Southeast University, China
Carolina Rezaval, University of Birmingham
Carlos Ribeiro, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Elizabeth Rideout, University of British Columbia
Gerry Rubin, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Galit Shohat-Ophir, Bar-Ilan University
Maria Luísa Vasconcelos, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Anne von Philipsborn, University of Fribourg
Kaiyu Wang, Lingang Laboratory, Shanghai Center for Brain Science & Brain-Inspired Intelligence Technology
Daisuke Yamamoto, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Nilay Yapici, Cornell University