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Somatosensation: From Detection to Perception (J8)

Organizer(s) Alexander Chesler, Sarah Ross and Daniel O’Connor
February 2—5, 2020
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Oct 17, 2019
Abstract Deadline: Nov 22, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 17, 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: Dec 4, 2019

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
This conference focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie our sense of touch, body position or proprioception, temperature, itch, and pain, collectively called somatosensation. Somatosensation enables us to feel comfort from a gentle caress, enjoy a cool drink of water on a hot day and coordinate physical movement. It helps us to avoid harm by alerting us to potential dangers in the environment. Somatosensory input evokes intense sensations that produce our strongest emotions, like love and pain, and bind experience to memory. Dysfunction in somatosensation results in clinical conditions that causing suffering like chronic itch or pain, and those that impede normal social interaction like attentional impairment, sleep disruption, or despair. The neural circuits and computations that convert somatosensory input into perception are not well known. However, recent advances in molecular genetics, single-cell sequencing, viral tracing, neuroimaging, high-density extracellular recording, and mouse behavioral paradigms are giving rise to breakthroughs in our understanding of the neural basis of somatosensation. This conference will provide a forum for molecular-geneticists, physiologists, behaviorists, and computational scientists using a variety of approaches including in vivo recordings, population imaging, real-time manipulation of neurons in awake, behaving animals, advanced microscopic approaches to understand connectivity, and computational approaches to model somatosensation. Bringing together somatosensation researchers who do not normally have the opportunity to interact will enable new collaborations and idea generation. Our goal is to develop a blueprint for understanding how specific modalities, like touch, temperature, itch and pain, are detected on a molecular level in the skin, transmitted by neurons and experienced as emotion or sensation. We anticipate this meeting will be a landmark event in somatosensory research.

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Anna Bowen
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John S. Del Rosario
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School, USA

Donald Iain MacDonald
University College London, UK

Shan Meltzer
Harvard Medical School, USA

Julia A. Ojeda-Alonso
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

Chen Ran
Harvard University, USA