2004 Annual Symposium, University of Maryland Program in Neuroscience


Satellite symposium to the 2004 Computational Neuroscience meeting (CNS*04)



Computation in the Olfactory System


The neural representations of odors are shaped not only by the physical parameters of olfactory stimuli but also by organismal factors including motivation and prior experience. This symposium will explore the contributions of centrifugal projections to olfactory sensory processing in the olfactory bulb and piriform cortex, and the mechanisms by which this centrifugal activity is integrated with and shapes the neural representations evoked by odor stimulation. Speakers will approach this topic from diverse perspectives including olfactory learning and the biophysics of odor representation, and employing levels of analysis including animal behavior, cellular and network physiology, and computational modeling.


Saturday, 17 July 2004

9:00 am 4:30 pm

Radisson Plaza Lord Hotel

Baltimore, MD


Welcome: Michael Shipley
Introduction: Thomas Cleland


Michael Shipley (University of Maryland) 
Glomeruli: Input modules for the computation of odor

Christiane Linster (Cornell University)
Neuromodulatory regulation of olfactory computations: an overview

Discussion/coffee break

Leslie Kay (University of Chicago)
Context in meaning and behavior: the role of centrifugal and behavioral influences on olfactory bulb dynamics

Abdallah Hayar (University of Tennesse Health Sciences Center)
External tufted cells coordinate olfactory bulb activity

Discussion/Lunch break

Barry Richmond (NIMH)
A dopamine-rich brain system in the monkey balancing work and reward:  behavior, physiology and molecular pharmacology 

Discussion/coffee break

Michael Leon (UC Irvine)
Olfactory signals, background responses and norepinephrine

Edi Barkai (University of Haifa)
Olfactory learning-induced modifications on the effects of ACh and NE on neuronal excitability in the piriform cortex

Naguib Mechawar (Douglas Hospital / McGill University)
Nicotinic modulation of neurogenesis in the mature olfactory bulb


Lodging at reduced rates has been arranged at the hotel. Participants need to make their own reservations. If you are planning to stay at the Radisson, call (800) 333-3333 and state that you are part of CNS *2004. Please consult the web sites below for additional information.



For further details:

Organizer: Thomas Cleland, Cornell University (tac29@cornell.edu)

CNS Organization and CNS*04 Information: http://www.cnsorg.org

Program in Neuroscience @ Univ. Maryland: http://neuroscience.umaryland.edu/


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