NeuroFutures 2016

Schedule and Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Afonso C. Silva, Ph.D.

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke

undefined Dr. Silva received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked on non-invasive MRI measurements of cerebral blood flow using the arterial spin labeling technique. He then went on to do post-doctoral training in the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota, where he studied the temporal and spatial characteristics of functional brain hemodynamics under the supervision of Prof. Seong-Gi Kim. Dr. Silva joined NINDS as a Staff Scientist in 1999, and became an investigator in 2004. His laboratory combines modern neuroimaging techniques (functional MRI, and optical imaging) with electrophysiological recordings aimed at understanding the mechanisms of regulation of cerebral blood flow during normal and stimulation-induced brain activity.

David Linde


undefined David Linde is a Sr. Principal Firmware Engineer at Medtronic in Minneapolis, Minnesota working in the Core-Technology group lead by Tim Denison. He is currently a lead engineer on the next-generation of implantable sensing-capable Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) devices. In addition, he has extensive experience in the development of embedded software for the AdaptiveStim, Interstim and Activa PC+S (Brain Sensing) INS products with a solid foundation in instrumentation and semiconductor testing.   

Liqun Luo, Ph.D.

Stanford University

undefined Dr. Luo grew up in Shanghai, China. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, and PhD from Brandeis University. After postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Luo started his own lab in the Department of Biology, Stanford University in 1996. With his postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, Dr. Luo studies how neural circuits are assembled during development and how they process information in adults. They also develop new tools to address these questions with increasing precision. Dr. Luo is currently a Professor of Biology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He teaches neurobiology to Stanford undergraduate and graduate students, and published a single-author textbook “Principles of Neurobiology” (Garland Science 2015). Dr. Luo is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Anne K. Churchland, Ph.D.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

undefined Anne K. Churchland received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in the Physiology and Biophysics Department. Her postdoctoral work focused on mechanisms of decision making in nonhuman primates and included both experimental and theoretical work, funded by a Pathways to Independence award from the National Institute of Health. In 2010, she became a professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In starting her own laboratory, Professor Churchland began studying decision making using rodent models to take advantage of emerging tools for circuit dissection which are readily available in rodents. Since then, her laboratory has been a major player in bringing behavioral paradigms to rodents that have been successful in elucidating neural mechanisms in primates. These include perceptual decision making and multisensory integration.

Since joining Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Professor Churchland has been the recipient of awards from the McKnight Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Klingenstein-Simons Foundation, the John Merck Fund and the Chapman Foundations. In addition to her scientific work, Professor Churchland directs an Undergraduate Research Program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory focusing on computational neuroscience and quantitative biology. She is also a long-term co-organizer of the Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne) meeting.

Linda Buck, Ph.D.

Fred Huchinson Cancer Research Center
2004 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

undefined Dr. Linda Buck is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a Full Member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. She received a B.S. from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She was previously Full Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Buck is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Foreign Member of the RoyalSociety.

Dr. Buck's research has provided key insights into the mechanisms that underlie our sense of smell. Her pioneering research has shed light on how thousands of odor molecules in the environment are first detected in the nose and then translated by the brain into diverse odor perceptions and instinctive behaviors. Dr. Buck has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Unilever Science Award, the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Medical Research, the Gairdner Foundation International Award, and, in 2004, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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