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2020 6th annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Virtual Meeting

We appreciate as the world continues to wrestle with adjusting to the consequence of the coronavirus outbreak, and we at NIH continue to work diligently and thoughtfully to try to find ways to address your diverse needs. After exploring multiple options for the 2020 BRAIN Initiative® Investigators Meeting, we have determined the safest, most responsible option for the BRAIN community and all interested parties is to hold this conference as a virtual event.

We hope you will join us starting May 27, 2020 to explore on-demand content.  Meeting programming to include broadcast of scientific presentations with live Question and Answer will begin at 10:30am EDT on Monday, June 1 and extend through 6:30pm EDT on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Content will be available on-demand for 12-months following the event. To access the virtual event, remember to log in with the same email that you used to register, using your registration confirmation number as your password.

The BRAIN Initiative® Investigators Meeting will convene BRAIN Initiative awardees, staff, and leadership from the contributing federal agencies (NIH, NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and FDA), plus representatives and investigators from participating non-federal organizations, and members of the media, public, and Congress. The purpose of this open meeting is to provide a forum for discussing exciting scientific developments and potential new directions, and to identify areas for collaboration and research coordination.

Federal BRAIN awardees should refer to their agency-specific email and/or federal project/program manager for additional instructions and details regarding participation in this meeting.

The target audience for this meeting includes:

  • Federally funded and non-federally funded BRAIN Initiative investigators
  • Non-federal organizations and groups invested in the BRAIN Initiative
  • BRAIN Initiative-related investigators at large
  • Federal staff
  • Members of Congress
  • Patient and advocacy groups
  • Media and general public

 

For general questions about meeting content and scientific programming:

BrainInitiativeConferences@mail.nih.gov

For registration questions:

NINDS Events Team, Kathy Berry  kberry@infinityconferences.com


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  • Plenary Keynote: Rachel Wilson, PhD
    Martin Family Professor of Basic Research in the Field of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Biography
      Rachel Wilson, Ph.D., earned an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. She did postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology before joining the faculty in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School in 2004, where she is now the Martin Family Professor of Basic Research in the Field of Neurobiology, as well as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a MacArthur Foundation fellow, and the first Blavatnik National Laureate in Life Sciences. Dr. Wilson studies the neural mechanisms of sensorimotor integration and navigation in Drosophila. Most of the ~200,000 neurons in the fly brain are uniquely identifiable, digitally searchable, and genetically-addressable. Many neural connections are highly stereotyped, and a partial connectome has recently become available; while a full connectome is on the horizon. Using these tools, Dr. Wilson's lab is currently working to understand: 1. how descending signals from the brain control navigation paths; 2. how spatial maps are integrated with internal goals to produce locomotor commands; 3. how the brain's spatial maps reorganize around a new environment, using multisensory cues; and 4. how map-guided navigation is seamlessly integrated with other navigational strategies.
    • Plenary Keynote: Eve Marder, PhD
      Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield University Professor of Biology, Brandeis University
      Biography
        Eve Marder, Ph.D., is the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield University Professor at Brandeis University. She was President of the Society for Neuroscience (2008). Dr. Marder participated on the NINDS Council, numerous Study Sections, and Advisory Boards for institutions in the USA and abroad. Dr. Marder is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Fellows of the Biophysical Society, the American Physiological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received the Miriam Salpeter Memorial Award for Women in Neuroscience, the W.F. Gerard Prize from the Society for Neuroscience, the George A. Miller Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Karl Spencer Lashley Prize from the American Philosophical Society, Honorary Doctorates from Bowdoin College and Tel Aviv University, the Gruber Award in Neuroscience, the Education Award from the Society for Neuroscience, the Kavli Award in Neuroscience and the National Academy of Sciences Award in Neuroscience. Dr. Marder served on the NIH working group for the Obama BRAIN Initiative and is now on the BRAIN Council. She presently serves on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Marder studies the dynamics of small neuronal networks; her work was instrumental in demonstrating that neuronal circuits are not "hard-wired" but can be reconfigured by neuromodulatory neurons and substances to produce a variety of outputs. She combines experimental work with insights from modeling and theoretical studies. With Larry Abbott, her lab developed the programmable dynamic clamp. Her lab pioneered studies of homeostatic regulation of intrinsic membrane properties, and stimulated work on the mechanisms by which brains remain stable while allowing for change during development and learning. Dr.Marder currently studies how similar network performance can arise from different sets of underlying network parameters, with its relevance for differential resilience in the population.
      • Plenary Keynote: Edward Chang, MD
        Bowes Biomedical Investigator and Professor of Neurological Surgery, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco
        Biography
          Edward Chang, M.D. is the Bowes Biomedical Investigator and Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chang's clinical expertise is surgical therapies for epilepsy, pain, and brain tumors. He specializes in advanced neurophysiologic brain mapping methods, including awake speech and motor mapping, to safely perform neurosurgical procedures in eloquent areas of the brain. His research focuses on the discovery of cortical mechanisms of high-order neurological function in humans. Dr. Chang's laboratory has demonstrated the detailed functional organization of the human speech cortex. His clinical research focuses on outcomes related to epilepsy surgery and neuromodulation. Dr. Chang is Co-Director of the Center for Neural Engineering & Prostheses at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. He is principal investigator of the DARPA SUBNETS project to develop advanced therapies for neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Chang is the 2015 Blavatnik National Laureate in Life Sciences, recipient of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, and a HHMI Faculty Scholar.
        • Plenary Keynote: Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD
          David B. Arnold Professor of Science, Harvard University, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
          Biography
            Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D., is the David B. Arnold Professor of Science at Harvard University and an investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She pioneered the development of single-molecule, super-resolution, and genomic-scale imaging methods for the studies of biological systems. Dr. Zhuang invented STORM, a super-resolution imaging method, and discovered novel cellular structures using this method. She invented MERFISH, a single-cell transcriptome imaging method, and elucidated gene expression regulation in cells, and revealed molecular identities, spatial organization and functions of cells in tissues using MERFISH. She also developed a multiplexed FISH method that allows direct visualization of the 3D organization of chromatin in the cell nucleus. Dr. Zhuang received her B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China, her Ph.D. degree in physics under the supervision of Prof. Y. R. Shen from University of California at Berkeley, and her postdoctoral training in biophysics in the lab of Prof. Steven Chu at Stanford University. She joined the faculty of Harvard University in 2001 and became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2005. Dr. Zhuang is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign associate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the European Molecular Biology Organization. She received honorary doctorate degrees from Stockholm University and the Delft University of Technology. Dr. Zhuang has received a number of awards, including Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science, Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery, Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics, Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics, MacArthur Fellowship, etc.
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          About Us

          The National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the nine other Institutes and Centers supporting The BRAIN Initiative®, is proud to host this free event for federally-funded BRAIN Initiative investigators and trainees, other scientists interested in the BRAIN Initiative, federal employees, non-federal organizations invested in the Initiative, patient and advocacy groups, members of Congress and their staff, the media, and the general public.

          ​Our Co-Hosts

          Additional federal and non-federal organizations contributing to this event include:

          ​2020 Program Committee Members

          Samantha White, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
          Amy Adams, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
          Ned Talley, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
          Theresa Cruz, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
          Amy Poremba, National Institute of Deafness and Craniofacial Disorders
          Doug Kim, National Institute of Mental Health
          Shumin Wang, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
          Olivier Berton, National Institute on Drug Abuse
          Christoph Schreiner, Multi-Council Working Group, BRAIN Initiative
          Khara Ramos, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
          Amy Bernard, Allen Institute for Brain Science
          Floh Thiels, National Science Foundation 
          John Ngai, Principal Investigator, BRAIN Initiative Director Designee
          Tianyi Mao, Principal Investigator

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