Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2012

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Synapses and Circuits: From Formation to Disease (D2)

Organizer(s) Tony Koleske, Hollis T. Cline, Stefan Herlitze and Linda Van Aelst
April 1—6, 2012
Sheraton Steamboat Resort • Steamboat Springs, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 1, 2011
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 6, 2012
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 1, 2011
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 1, 2012

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
A fundamental goal of neuroscience is to understand the molecular, cellular and activity-based mechanisms that control the formation and maintenance of neural circuits and determine how these mechanisms become compromised in neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Over the past two decades, molecular neuroscientists have identified key molecules and mechanisms that underlie synapse development, activity and stability. Meanwhile, the study of neuronal circuits has been revolutionized by new methods to visualize and map circuits in living animals, as well as the development of approaches to control neuronal activity using optical approaches (so called optogenetics). Finally, disease researchers have identified genes associated with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Animal models of these diseases are proving useful to understand how dysfunction of affected genes and proteins contributes to disease pathology. Although these fields are working on the same processes, no small highly interactive meeting brings these three groups together. The Keystone Symposia meeting on Synapses and Circuits: From Formation to Disease will address this need by bringing together leaders working on synapse development and function, circuit structure and function and the study of brain disease. We anticipate that mutually beneficial insights will emerge from discussions at this meeting.

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Early Career Investigator Travel Award Recipients

Alexis Michelle Stranahan
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, USA

Carlos Alberto Villalba-Galea
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, USA

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Kevin S. Jones
Children's Research Institute, USA

Renatta N. Knox
University of California, San Francisco, USA

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Scholarship Recipients

Kristen J. Brennand
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

Brian Hiester
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Dong Kong
Tufts University School of Medicine, USA

Amber J. McCartney
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Elizabeth A. Normand
Brown University, USA