Francis Crick Symposium on Neuroscience
The Changing Brain

Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
May 6-10, 2013
Abstract Deadline extended to: March 15th, 2013


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Organized by:
Nancy Ip, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Liqun Luo, 
Stanford University, USA
Karel Svoboda, 
HHMI, Janelia Farm Research Campus, USA


Cold Spring Harbor Asia (CSHA) is the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of New York based Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Inaugurated in 2010, CSHA is dedicated to promote international scientific exchange in the Asia-Pacific Rim by offering scientific conferences and advanced training courses with highest quality. CSHA is pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia-Francis Crick Symposium on Neuroscience The Changing Brain which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center (CSHA’s exclusive venue) in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai.

The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 6, and will conclude after lunch on Friday May 10, 2013.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. As a tradition of CSHL, ample social events throughout the conference will be provided in order to facilitating the cross-pollination of scientific ideas.

Major Topics:
- The Developing Brain
- The Plastic Brain
- The Disease Brain
- The Evolving Brain
- The Dynamic Brain

Keynote Speakers:
Atsushi Miyawaki, Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan
Abstract title:Genetically encoded tools for brain analysis

Invited Speakers:
Richard Benton, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Abstract title:Olfactory evolution in Drosophila
Guo-Qiang Bi, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Abstract title:Interaction between synaptic plasticity and network dynamics
Tobias Bonhoeffer, Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Abstract title:How Experience Changes Synapses in the Mammalian Brain
Xiaoke Chen, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title:Brain circuits mediating taste guided behavior
Yang Dan, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:Visual cortical microcircuit
Kenji Doya, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Abstract title:Neural networks for reinforcement learning
Marla Feller, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:Dynamic reconfiguration of retinal circuits
Guoping Feng, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, USA
Abstract title:Dissecting synaptic and circuitry mechanisms of autism
Anirvan Ghosh, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland
Abstract title:Molecular biology of synaptic specificity
Hailan Hu, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, China
Abstract title:The neural circuit mechanism of social hierarchy
Yuh-Nung Jan, University of California, San Francisco/HHMI, USA
Abstract title:Development, remodeling and regeneration of dendrites
Na Ji, Janelia Farm Research Campus / HHMI, USA
Abstract title:Adaptive optical two-photon fluorescence microscopy for high-resolution imaging of the changing brain
Arnold Kriegstein, University of California at San Francisco, USA
Abstract title:OSVZ Neurogenesis in the Developing Human Neocortex
Virginia Lee, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Transmission of neurodegenerative diseases: A common mechanism for pathoegenesis
Liqun Luo, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title:Permanent genetic access to transiently active neurons using targeted recombination in active population (TRAP)
Minmin Luo, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China
Abstract title:Activation of dorsal raphe neurons produces strong reward and guides rapid learning
Christian Lüscher, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Abstract title:Drug-evoked synaptic plasticity: a mechanism for circuit remodeling that drives addictive behavior
Judit Makara, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungary
Abstract title:Compartmentalization and cooperation of excitatory synaptic inputs
Robert Malenka, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:The role of a heterogeneous midbrain dopamine system in reward and aversion
Adi Mizrahi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Abstract title:Structural and functional plasticity in olfactory circuits
Hitoshi Okamoto, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
Abstract title:Habenula as a gate switch of emotion
Mu-Ming Poo, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:Circuit mechanisms for learning/memory of temporal sequence and time interval
Bernardo Sabatini, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:New tricks from an old structure - unexpected signaling in the basal ganglia
Hitoshi Sakano, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Abstract title:The mouse olfactory systems utilizes autonomous interchange of GPCR conformations for receptor-instructed axon targeting
Song-Hai Shi, MSKCC, USA
Abstract title:Lineage-dependent structural and functional organization of the neocortex

Nelson Spruston, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, USA
Abstract title: Countermodulation of Excitability in Two Types of Hippocampal Pyramidal Neurons
Scott Sternson, Janelia Farm Research Campus, HHMI, USA
Abstract title:Neural circuits and motivational processes underlying hunger
Thomas Sudhof, Stanford University School of Medicine/HHMI, USA
Abstract title:Neurexin and neuroligin function and dysfunction
Michael Sutton, University of Michigan, USA
Abstract title:Tuning neurotransmission through local protein synthesis at the synapse
Susumu Tomita, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Molecular rules for excitatory synaptic transmission in the brain
Li-Huei Tsai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/HHMI, USA
Abstract title:Chromatin remodeling regulates gene expression and cognitive performance
Naoshige Uchida, Harvard University, USA
Abstract title:Dissecting the dopamine reward circuit: beyond stamp collecting
Mehmet Yanik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title:High-throughput in vitro and in vivo Technologies for Neuroscience
Fengwei Yu, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
Abstract title:Sculpting the Nervous System: Mechanisms of Neuronal Pruning in Drosophila
Karen Zito, University of California Davis, USA
Abstract title:Mechanisms of structural remodeling during synaptic plasticity
Yi Zuo, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Abstract title:Synapse reorganization in formation of motor memory

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May 2013.

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Package Content:

Package TypeEarly
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
Feb 22,2013 April 8, 2013Before Arrival 
*CSHA Endowed Student¥1,530$250¥1,700$275¥1,870$300
Includes meeting pass only (special offer)
Student No Housing¥3,750$605¥4,000$645¥4,250$685
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Share Room for 4 nights.
Academic No Housing¥5,100$825¥5,500$890¥5,900$955
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Media No Housing¥3,300$535¥3,500$570¥3,700$605
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Corporate No Housing¥6,340$1,025¥6,880$1,115¥7,420$1,205
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Remark:  Lunch, Supper, Tea Break & Social Activities (¥1,500 or $250); Room Rate(Single) :(¥2,000 or $320) & (Shared): (¥1,000 or $160), Breakfast is included in the Room Rate. The Package Price is based on the RMB price, price in USD is according to the exchange rate fluctuations.

Please kindly note:

1. The early & normal price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the full payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

2. For Student Package registered participants, please add your roommate requirement during the online registration. Otherwise, we’ll assign you a roommate among other student participants.

3. For late registrations, your housing & registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

4. Please inform us your request on extra day (USD 80/CNY 500 per day) and food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5.We offer CSHA endowed student package for graduate students (student ID is required). This special offer only includes the meeting session pass. Housing, food and social activities are not included in the package.

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