2022 Neuropixels and OpenScope Workshop

2022 Allen Institute Neuropixels and OpenScope Workshop Attendee Information

Workshop information

Thank you for joining us at the Allen Institute Neuropixels and OpenScope Workshop on September 21-23, 2022. All workshop information for attendees will be posted on this page as it becomes available. Please see below for important information on travel to the workshop, required pre-reading, and the workshop schedule.

If you have not already done so, please accept your position in the workshop using the survey sent to you by email by July 21.

If you have questions or technical difficulties, please contact events@alleninstitute.org.

Schedule     Pre-reading

Travel to the workshop

All participants: Plan to arrive at the Allen Institute by 8:30am on Wednesday, September 21.

Foundations participants: Plan to depart the Allen Institute at 5pm on Thursday, September 22.

Advanced Neuropixels Techniques participants: Plan to arrive at the University of Washington by 8:30am on Friday, September 23, and depart at 5pm.

Travel to and from SeaTac airport:

  • Transit: Follow signs in the airport to the light rail. Ride to University Street station (not University of Washington or University District - the station between Pioneer Square and Westlake) and transfer to the Rapid Ride C line bus to the stop at Westlake and Mercer. The ride takes about an hour and costs $4.

  • Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare: Follow signs in the airport to the rideshare and taxi zone in the parking garage. The drive to or from the Allen Institute takes about 25 minutes during off-peak times and up to 50 minutes during rush hour. The fare is typically $40-50.

  • Taxi: Follow signs in the airport to the rideshare and taxi zone in the parking garage. The drive to or from the Allen Institute takes about 25 minutes during off-peak times and up to 50 minutes during rush hour. The fare is typically $40-50.

We will provide further details soon on transportation options between South Lake Union and the University of Wasington. For Advanced Neuropixels participants wishing to leave directly from the University of Washington campus, the University of Washington light rail stop located at the football stadium is a ~10 minute walk from the Steinmetz lab.

We have arranged a room block at a local hotel, which is within walking distance of the Allen Institute. Please use this link to book the room at our negotiated discount rate. This discount applies from Tuesday night through Friday night.

We cannot host you at the Allen Institute after 5pm on Thursday, but we can provide recommendations of locations around the neighborhood to spend time before an evening flight if you have already checked out.

We will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks on all days of the workshop for all participants.

Tentative Workshop Schedule

The workshop will last 3 days. All participants will complete the Foundations of Neuropixels and introduction to the Allen Brain Observatory on September 21-22. A subset will continue to Advanced Neuropixels Techniques on September 23. Your acceptance letter to the workshop indicates your workshop track.

The program includes in-lab demos and tours, presentations, and discussions. Topics are subject to change and additional topics may be added. A full schedule will be provided soon.

Foundations of Neuropixels and introduction to the Allen Brain Observatory - all participants (September 21-22):

  • Days 1 and 2 will be held at the Allen Institute.

  • Lectures and demonstrations on surgical techniques, mouse behavioral training, Neuropixels probe insertion and recording, Neuropixels data acquisition software.

  • Roundtable discussions with Allen Institute and UW scientists.

  • Introduction to the OpenScope program.

  • Afternoon of September 22, participants select one of two tracks:

    • Track A, Neuropixels software: Lectures and software demonstrations on spike sorting, probe trajectory planning, and anatomical registration.

    • Track B, 2-photon imaging: Lecture and lab tour on 2-photon imaging and data analysis.

Advanced Neuropixels Techniques - advanced track participants only (September 23):

  • Day 3 will be held at the Steinmetz Lab at the University of Washington.

  • Lecture on chronic Neuropixels recording.

  • Lab demonstrations on multi-shank probes and combining Neuropixels with imaging.

  • Further discussions with Allen Institute and UW scientists.

Pre-reading

The workshop organizers have provided required and recommended pre-reading materials to help you prepare for the workshop.

Required pre-reading

  • Coming soon

Recommended pre-reading

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