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Cortical circuits of vision - Massimo Scanziani

December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Clark Center Auditorium

Cortical circuits of vision

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Massimo Scanziani

Massimo Scanziani, Ph.D


Professor, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco

Host: Amin Shakhawat (Raymond Lab)



The diversity of neuron types and synaptic connectivity patterns in the mammalian cerebral cortex is astonishing. How this cellular and synaptic diversity contributes to cortical function is just beginning to emerge.  Using the mouse visual system as a model, I will discuss the mechanisms by which excitatory and inhibitory interactions between distinct neuron types contribute to the most basic operations performed by visual cortex. I will highlight how the functional and structural analysis of cortical circuits allows us to bridge the gap between system and cellular neuroscience.

Curriculum Vitae

Related papers

[1] Anthony D Lien & Massimo Scanziani (2013). Tuned thalamic excitation is amplified by visual cortical circuits. Nature Neuroscience 16, 1315–1323. doi:10.1038/nn.3488

[2] Liu BH, Huberman AD, Scanziani M (2016). Cortico-fugal output from visual cortex promotes plasticity of innate motor behaviour. Nature. 2016 Oct 20;538(7625):383-387. doi: 10.1038/nature19818

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