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The Adaptive Brain Symposium

Sept. 14-15, 2006
McNamara Alumni Center 200 Oak Street S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Symposium presented the research of twelve world-renowned neuroscientists whose work has advanced our understanding of the variety of adaptive mechanisms operating to couple the structure and function of the nervous system to environmental change. Topic discussions spanned molecular, developmental, cellular, systems, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience to explore principles relevant to multiple levels of analysis.


David Anderson - Molecular Genetic Analysis of Neural Circuits for Innate Behaviors in Flies and Mice (California Institute of Technology)

Karen Hsiao Ashe - Molecular mechanisms of memory loss in Alzheimer mouse models (University of Minnesota )

Apostolos Georgopoulos -Neural Mechanisms of Spatial Cognitive Processes (University of Minnesota)

Jim Hudspeth - Making an effort to listen: mechanical amplification by myosin molecules and ion channels in hair cells of the inner ear (Rockefeller University)

Mark Konishi - From instinct to brain (California Institute of Technology)

Paul LeTourneau - Axonal growth and guidance (University of Minnesota)

Robert Malenka - TBA (Stanford University)

Eve Marder - Variability, Compensation, and Homeostasis in Neuronal Networks (Brandeis University)

Eric Nestler - Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Addiction (University of Texas, Southwestern)

William Newsom - Perception, Decisions and Reward: Toward a Biological Understanding of Decision-Making (Stanford University)

Wolfram Schultz - Reward, predictions, learning and uncertainty (Univ. of Cambridge )

Li-Huei Tsai - Recovery of lost memories in a mouse model of severe neurodegeneration (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Updated February 19, 2015