Invertebrate Neurobiology

Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
June 18 - 22, 2012
Final Abstract Deadline: May 25, 2012


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Organized by:
Aike Guo, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, China
Alison Mercer, University of Otago, New Zealand
Ikue Mori, Nagoya University, Japan
Bing Zhang, University of Oklahoma, USA

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference onInvertebrate Neurobiology which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai.The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday June 18Due to the change of scientific program, it will conclude after the banquet on Thursday June 21. Lunch will still be provided on June 22 if necessary.

This conference is similar in design to the famous Cold Spring Harbor meetings series, a program now in its 76th year. 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. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
- Neural development
- Neural function and synaptic plasticity
- Neural circuits and behaviors
- Sensory and motor systems
- Learning and memory
- Evolution of nervous systems
- Modeling human neurological diseases
- Neural techniques

Keynote Speakers:
Martin Chalfie, Columbia University, USA
Abstract title: Using the C. elegans touch receptor neurons to study neuronal differentiation and mechanosensation

Nicholas Strausfeld, FRS, University of Arizona, USA
Abstract title: Arthropods: Brains and Origins

Invited Speakers:
Ann-Shyn Chiang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Abstract title: Two pairs of MB-output neurons store olfactory long-term memory in the Drosophila brain
Mario de Bono, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: The architecture of homeostatic responses
Aki Ejima, Kyoto University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Olfaction tells distance to a target female and modulates courtship song choice in Drosophila males
Martin Giurfa, University Paul-Sabatier, FRANCE
Abstract title: Accessing the neural bases of cognitive processing in a simple brain (that turns to be not so simple)
David Glanzman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title: Mechanisms of long-term memory maintenance in Aplysia
Zhefeng Gong, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Abstract title: The neural circuit governing Drosophila larval light preference
Ron Harris-Warrick, Cornell University, USA
Abstract title: Complexity of synaptic modulation in a small neural network
Binyamin Hochner, Hebrew University, ISRAEL
Abstract title: Neurophysiological organization of the learning and memory network of modern cephalopods – octopus and cuttlefish
Yishi Jin, University of California, San Diego/HHMI, USA
Abstract title: Regulation of Excitation and Inhibition Balance
Ryohei Kanzaki, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title: How does an insect brain generate adaptive behavior? From Genes, Neural Networks, and Behavior to Robots
Christoph Kleineidam, University of Konstanz, GERMANY
Abstract title: Adaptations within the antennal lobe of social insects for processing simple or complex odor patterns
Tzumin Lee, HHMI, Janelia Farm Research Campus, USA
Abstract title: Cell lineage analysis of Drosophila central brain
Li Liu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Edge Detection in Drosophila
Karen Mesce, University of Minnesota, USA
Abstract title: Locomotion in the leech: moving toward an integrated view of dopamine-regulated command and coordination systems
Fernando Montealegre-Z, Bristol University, UK
Abstract title: Mechanisms of auditory frequency analysis in insectsMechanisms of auditory frequency analysis in insects
Bruno van Swinderen, University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Sleep intensity in Drosophila
Daisuke Yamamoto, Tohoku University, JAPAN
Abstract title: A single gene - single neuron approach to Drosophila courtship behavior
Fengwei Yu, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
Abstract title: Sculpting the Nervous System: Mechanisms of Developmental Dendrite Pruning in Drosophila

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 June.


Package Content:

Package TypeEarlyNormalLate
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
April 6th,2012  May 21th, 2012Before 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¥6,345$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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