Friday, Dec 5, 1997
The possibility that powerful computations may be carried out in neuronal
dendrites has attracted attention from theoretical neuroscience for
some time. The type of experimental data necessary to support or refute
these ideas has started to become available only recently, spurred by the
application of new techniques such as dendritic patch clamp recording, and
high-resolution imaging. We therefore believe that it is quite timely
to re-pose the perennial question "What do dendrites do?" in the context of
recent theoretical and experimental work on single neuron function.
Goals of the workshop
Topics of particular interest include the role of active dendritic currents
in the integration of synaptic events and the mechanisms and functional
significance of regenerative dendritic potentials. Also, the function of
dendritic spines will be addressed in light of new experimental findings.
The proposed workshop is targeted toward computational neuroscientists
with either experimental or theoretical background, as well as any
researcher interested in computation and learning at the single neuron
level. We plan to schedule a mix of theoretical and experimental talks
(5 or 6), with the aim of discussing primarily questions at the
interface of these two sorts of approach (i.e. experimentally-grounded
theories and theoretically-motivated experiments).
Partial List of Speakers
Dan Johnston, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.
Jeff Isaacson, University of Washington, Seattle.
Bartlett Mel, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Nelson Spruston, Northwestern University, Evanston.
Michael Häusser, University College, London.
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