Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics Launch

Join us for the launch of the newest division of the Allen Institute: the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics.

This new Institute builds on the Allen Institute’s quest to answer some of the hardest questions in bioscience, with its own mission to answer fundamental questions about brain function.

How do we build our understanding of the complex world around us to guide the flexible behaviors that address our biological needs? The answers will be in terms of defined neuron types interacting across the whole brain and body--neural dynamics. 

We will develop next-generation neurotechnologies to map brain-wide neural circuits and to measure neural activity in defined neuron types. To achieve these goals, we will employ a team-based approach for discovery neuroscience.  

Knowledge, data, and tools will be widely shared, which will support the development of therapies for brain disorders. 

See below for the event agenda and additional speaker information.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

11:00am-12:00pm Pacific Time

This event will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar and streamed to YouTube. Registered attendees will be sent the link to join in advance of the meeting.

Watch live on Youtube

Please contact with any questions. 

Event Overview

Thursday, November 4 (Pacific Time)

10:55 - 11:00am - Webinar log-in
11:00 - 11:10am - Welcome & introduction, Michael Stryker, Ph.D., Allen Institute Board of Directors
11:10 - 11:30am - Institute overview, mission and goals, Karel Svoboda, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Director, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics,
11:30am - 12:00pm - Fireside chat and Q&A with Drs. Stryker and Svoboda

Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.

Vice President and Executive Director

Karel Svoboda will be the Vice President and Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics (starting early 2022). He is currently a Senior Group Leader at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus. Svoboda’s work is at the intersection of neuronal biophysics and cognition. His goal is to identify core principles underlying information processing in mammalian neural circuits at the level of the whole brain. Svoboda has developed several widely-used methods to interrogate neural structure and function in intact brains. Notable contributions include microscopy methods to image synapses over times of weeks in the intact brain during learning; engineered sensitive fluorescent protein sensors for noninvasive imaging of neural activity; microscopes with very large fields of view that enable imaging multiple brain regions with single neuron resolution. Svoboda is an advocate for open and reproducible science. He is a founder of the Neurodata Without Borders and ScanImage projects.

Svoboda was born in Prague, then part of Czechoslovakia, and grew up in West Germany. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Physics (1988) and from Harvard University with a PhD in Biophysics (1994). He was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories (until 1997) and a principal investigator at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (until 2006). Svoboda was awarded the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award (2004) and the Brain Prize from the Lundbeck Foundation (2015). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).

Michael P. Stryker, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Michael Stryker is William Francis Ganong Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he has been a faculty member since his appointment as Assistant Professor in 1978 and where he served as Department Chair from 1994-2005. In 1987-1988 he was Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Anatomy at the University of Oxford in England.  Dr. Stryker earned his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Ph.D. degree in Psychology and Brain Sciences (Neurophysiology) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  From 1976-1978 he was Research Fellow in Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, where he worked with Nobel Laureates Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel. Dr. Stryker has received several awards and honors for his research, including election to membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, appointment as the Galileo Galilei Professor of Science at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy (1993), the Pepose Vision Sciences Award from Brandeis University, and the Stein Innovator Award from  Research to Prevent Blindness.