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Neurosciences Institute Retreat 2018 Program

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Retreat
Monday, May 6, 2018, 8:15 pm
Cypress Hall, Pajaro Dunes Resort, Watsonville, CA

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Sunday, May 6

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Welcome and Badge Pick Up

Cypress Hall

2:10 – 2:30 pm

Neurosciences Institute Updates

Bill Newsome

Harman Provostial Professor, Vincent V.C. Woo Director, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Neurobiology

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Session I

Moderated by Bill Newsome

20 min talks + 10 min Q&A

Cypress Hall

Axon degeneration and the sculpting of neuronal connections

Marc Tessier-Lavigne

President and Bing Presidential Professor, Biology

Applying psychological science for pain and opioid reduction

Beth Darnall

Clinical Professor, Anesthesia – Perioperative and Pain Medicine

An algorithmic and experimental roadmap for cognitively-inspired self-supervised sensory learning

Dan Yamins

Assistant Professor, Psychology

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Room Check In

Pajaro Dunes Office

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Session II

Moderated by Xiaoke Chen

20 min talks + 10 min Q&A

Cypress Hall

Synapses lost and found: developmental critical periods and Alzheimer’s Disease

Carla Shatz

Sapp Family Provostial Professor, David Starr Jordan Director, Stanford Bio-X, Biology and Neurobiology

Exploring higher-order structures in networks

Jure Leskovec

Associate Professor, Computer Science

Widespread differential mRNA expression of 3’ untranslated regions (3’UTRs) and their coding sequences (CDS) with emphasis on neural stem cells

Mary Hynes

Associate Professor, Biology

6:00 – 6:45 pm

Session III - Data Blitz

Moderated by  Tanya Raschke

30 second introductions by poster presenters

Cypress Hall

6:45 – 7:45 pm


Lagoon House

8:00 – 9:00 pm

Poster Session and Drinks

Cypress Hall

9:00 – 10:00 pm


Cypress Hall

10:00 pm -

Beach Bonfire

Behind Shorebirds B

Monday, May 7

8:00 – 9:00 am


Lagoon House

9:00 – 10:30 am

Session IV

Moderated by Kalanit Grill-Spector

20 min talks + 10 min Q&A

Cypress Hall

Towards a cell biology of synapse formation

Tom Südhof

Avram Goldstein Professor, Molecular and Cellular Physiology

When sound connects action, perception, and prediction: link behind music making, listening and therapy

Takako Fujioka

Assistant Professor, Music

Molecular control of neuronal circuitry in the spinal cord and gut

Julia Kaltschmidt

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

10:30 – 10:45 am



10:45 – 12:15 pm

Session V

Moderated by Bianxiao Cui

20 min talks + 10 min Q&A

Cypress Hall


Discovering and interpreting structure in neural dynamics

Shaul Druckmann

Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Illuminating neural circuits: from molecules to MRI for precision brain health

Jin Hyung Lee

Associate Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Bioengineering


Assembling three-dimensional brain models to study human development and disease

Sergiu Pasca

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

12:15 – 12:25 pm

Group Photo

Lagoon House Lawn

12:30 – 1:00 pm


Lagoon House

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Free Time

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Session VI – Keynote

Moderated by Brian Wandell

1 hour talk + 15 min Q&A

Cypress Hall

The neural code of speech

Eddie Chang

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Bowes Biomedical Investigator


5:30 – 6:30 pm


Lagoon House

6:30 – 8:45 pm

Session VII – Technology Session

Moderated by Randy Mehlenbacher

15 min talks + 10 min Q&A

Cypress Hall

Proximity labeling for spatial mapping of neuronal proteomes

Alice Ting

Professor, Genetics and Biology

Strategy for measuring multiple neuromodulators in the brain, in real-time

Tom Soh

Professor, Radiology and Electrical Engineering

Rapid imaging of electrical activity in vivo with genetically encoded voltage indicators

Michael Lin

Associate Professor, Neurobiology and Bioengineering

Nanoscale electrodes for electrophysiological recording

Bianxiao Cui

Associate Professor, Chemistry

New optical/molecular approach for working with activated neural ensembles

Christina Kim

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Genetics, Deisseroth & Ting Lab

8:45 – 10:00 pm


Lagoon House

10:00 pm -

Beach Bonfire

Behind Shorebirds I

Tuesday, May 8

8:00 – 9:00 am


Lagoon House

9:00 – 10:30 am

Session VIII

Moderated by Ivan Soltesz

20 min talks + 10 min Q&A

Cypress Hall

Neural mechanisms of social reward

Rob Malenka

Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

MRI of human brain microstructure: What’s inside your voxel?

Jennifer McNab

Assistant Professor, Radiology

Neuromorphic computing

Kwabena Boahen

Professor, Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering

10:30 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 12:15 pm

Session IX – New models for scientific research panel

Moderated by Nirao Shah

10 min talks + 5 min Q&A for each institute followed by panel discussion

Cypress Hall


Katja Brose

Science Program Officer

Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative

Hongkui Zeng

Executive Director

Allen Institute

Ed Lein


Allen Institute

David Markowitz

Program Manager 

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity – IARPA

12:15 – 12:20 pm

Closing Remarks

Nirao Shah

Cypress Hall

12:20 pm

Pick Up Lunch and Depart

Cypress Hall Lawn