Society for Neuroscience 2017
Meet scientists from the Allen Institute for Brain Science at this year's Society for Neuroscience conference. Visit us at booth #501, attend our talks and events, register for our Satellite Symposium, keep up with us on social media (#sfn17), and stop by one of our many posters.
Attend our Satellite Symposium
Characterization of Mouse and Human Cortical Cells: The Allen Cell Types Database
Saturday, November 11, 8:00-10:30am
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC (Monument Room)
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Friday, November 10
SfN Pre-Conference Session: SPC02 - SHORT COURSE 2: Neuroinformatics in the Age of Big Data: Working With the Right Data and Tools
Speakers: Trygve Bakken and Jennifer Whitesell
Location: Ballroom B
We are at a unique time in history where global large-scale projects are generating an unprecedented amount of data. Although much of this data is "open" and available - with analysis tools developed by a new generation of neuroinformaticians - some is still just beyond the reach of many neuroscientists. Here we bring together leaders in the neuroinformatics field to guide attendees (armed with a laptop) through a hands-on course highlighting some of the most broadly accessible open datasets and to help them embark on their independent scientific voyage of discovery.
*This course will include demonstrations and tutorials using technical computing software (R-Studio, Python, Matlab). Participants should have baseline proficiency with these types of software in order to get the most out of the course. Paid registration is required for this course. To attend, add the appropriate course to your annual meeting registration.
Saturday, November 11
Session: SAT40 - Characterization of Mouse and Human Cortical Cells: The Allen Cell Types Database
Speaker: Jonathan Ting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 11, 8:00-10:30am
Location: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC: Monument Room
The Allen Institute for Brain Science will hold a seminar and workshop with emphasis on the most recent data additions to the Allen Cell Types Database, including electrophysiology, morphology, and models from human cortical cells. The meeting will feature talks from Allen Institute scientists and a hands-on session featuring an overview on navigating the Allen Cell Types Database to access and mine the data from this open-science resource. Please register in advance for this event.
Sunday, November 12
Minisymposium: 180 - New Breakthroughs in Understanding the Role of Functional Interactions Between the Neocortex and the Claustrum
Speaker: Shawn Olsen, "Claustral-cortical communication in a visual change detection task"
Location: Ballroom C
The claustrum is highly interconnected with almost all areas of the neocortex, yet the function of this corticoclaustral system has largely remained mysterious. Recent work has sparked new hypotheses regarding the corticoclaustral system based on analyses from the microcircuit to the behavioral level. This minisymposium will bring together a diverse array of researchers to discuss emerging views of the claustrum’s influence on cortical activity and its role in cognitive function.
Monday, November 13
Session: SAT103 - Neuropixels: Fully Integrated Silicon Probes for High-Density Recording of Neural Activity
Speaker: Daniel Denman
HHMI Janelia, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Gatsby Foundation and the Wellcome Trust have combined to engineer and produce a new generation of electrophysiology probes optimized for rodents. These devices and their performance will be described in detail along with the recording system and public domain software to use them. The path to commercial availability, expected in mid 2018 is also included.
Wednesday, November 15
Minisymposium: 725 - After the Data Deluge: Grappling With Transcriptional Complexity in the Brain
Speaker: Zizhen Yao, "Identifying cell types in multiple cortical regions using multimodal single-cell data"
Location: Ballroom C
Advances in gene expression analysis have vastly improved the scale and diversity of information that can be used to characterize neurons in the brain. In this minisymposium, we will describe how sophisticated analytical approaches exploit large-scale data, particularly at the cellular level, to provide novel insights into the regulation of neuronal identity. A focus will be on how the lessons learned from big data can improve the design and interpretation of smaller scale experiments.
Minisymposium: 727 - Deep-Layer Projection Neurons of the Neocortex: Specialized Subpopulations Exhibiting Distinct Integration and Output
Speaker: Brian Kalmbach, "Inferring long-range projections of L5 pyramidal neurons in human middle temporal gyrus using correlative analyses of gene expression and physiology"
Charting the six-layered cortical microcircuit dates back to the days of Ramón y Cajal, yet how information is processed by this network remains elusive. This minisymposium will focus on recent advances regarding the distinct subpopulations of deep-layer pyramidal neurons that provide output from this network to various cortical and subcortical targets. Comparing across multiple cortices, this session aims to identify fundamental mechanisms that contribute to the diversity of cortical output channels.