Physical and Mathematical Principles of
Brain Structure and Function

A Workshop Sponsored by The National Science Foundation & The Kavli Foundation

May 6-7, 2013 —Arlington, VA
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Workshop Information

The Physics Division and The Division of Mathematical Sciences in MPS, and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems in BIO at the National Science Foundation are sponsoring a Physical and Mathematical Principles of Brain Structure and Function” workshop to be held in Arlington, VA on May (5) 6-7, 2013 to bring leading scientists together to identify basic physical and mathematical principles of brain structure and function. As you well know, understanding how the human brain works has emerged as a major international focus of research for the coming decade, which will require advances in structural, functional, and computational neuroscience that can only be developed through experiments and computational studies on model systems such as nematodes, fruit flies, zebrafish, mice, and primates.

This workshop will bring together over 100 neuroscientists and technologists to identify a set of goals in basic neuroscience and tool development to facilitate mapping activity in large arrays of neurons during behavior.

Webcast Schedule

Monday, May 6
(Note: General sessions will be video-taped for live streaming)

8:30am-8:45
Introduction, Denise Caldwell, NSF, Division Director of the Physics Division in MPS

8:45-9:00
Welcome, F. Fleming Crim, NSF, Assistant Director, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate

9:00-9:10
Remarks, Miyoung Chun, Kavli Foundation

9:10-9:40
Opening Address, Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine/HHMI

9:40-11:00
Overview of the Submitted Materials, Session Chair, Herbert Levine, Rice University

11:00-11:30
Coffee break

11:30-12:30pm
Overview of the Submitted Materials (cont.)

12:30-2:00
Lunch 2:00-5:00 Breakout Sessions

5:00-5:30
Coffee break

5:30-6:30
Breakout Session: Reports by Rapporteurs

Tuesday, May 7
(Note: General sessions will be video-taped for live streaming)

9:00am-9:30
Opening Remarks, William Bialek, Princeton University

9:30-12:30pm
Breakout Sessions

12:30-1:30
Lunch

1:30-2:30
Synthesis and Discussion

2:30-3:00
Coffee break

3:00-4:00
Synthesis and Discussion

4:00-4:15
Closing Remarks, John C. Wingfield, NSF, Assistant Director of the Biosciences Directorate