Assembly, Plasticity, Dysfunction
and Repair of Neural Circuits

Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
October 17 - 21, 2011
Abstract Deadline:August 19, 2011

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Barry Dickson, IMP, AUSTRIA
Zhigang He, Children's Hospital, Boston, USA
Hitoshi Okamoto, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
Yimin Zou, University of California at San Diego, USA

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Assembly, Plasticity, Dysfunction and Repair of Neural Circuits which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center in Suzhou, China.The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday October 17th, and will conclude after lunch on Friday, October 21st, 2011. 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 two poster sessions covering the latest findings across many topics in Neural Circuits research. 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.


In the past few decades, developmental neuroscience has seen remarkable progress in many areas, such as early induction and patterning, neuronal migration, axon guidance, dendrite development, synapse formation and activity dependent mechanisms. While many important questions remain unsolved in each of these areas and will occupy the attention of many researchers, two new changes have begun to shift the landscape of developmental neuroscience. First, with more and more knowledge and tools resulting from these fundamental studies becoming available, the questions of how these developmental programs operate to form functional neural circuits that give rise to behavioral functions are becoming increasingly accessible. Second, many nervous system disorders have now found neural development roots, making all knowledge of neural development clinically relevant. This meeting would like to reflect such new trend and bring together researchers at the cutting edge of neural circuit assembly, circuit function and dysfunction and circuits disease and repair to foster stimulating interactions.

axon guidance
synapse formation
dendrite morphogenesis
developmental plasticity
circuit function
axon regeneration
developmental and degenerative disorders

Keynote Speakers:
Cori Bargmann, The Rockefeller University,USA
Abstract title:"Using a fixed wiring diagram to build flexible behaviors in C. elegans"
Don Cleveland, University of California, San Diego,USA
Abstract title:"From Charcot to Lou Gehrig: mechanism and therapy in ALS"

Invited Speakers:
Frank Bradke, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases,GERMANY
Abstract title:"Cytoskeletal Mechanisms of Neuronal Polarization and Regeneration"
Lu Chen, Stanford University,USA
Abstract title:"Synaptic signaling by Retinoic Acid"
Andrew Chisholm, University of California, San Diego,USA
Abstract title:"Axon Regeneration in C. elegans"
Thomas Clandinin, Stanford University,USA
Abstract title:"Dissecting visual processing circuits in the Drosophila visual system"
Gabriel Corfas, Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital,USA
Abstract title:"The roles of neuron-glia interaction in synapse formation"
Barry Dickson, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology,AUSTRIA
Abstract title:"The neural basis of Drosophila courtship behavior"
Kazuo Emoto, Osaka Bioscience Institute,JAPAN
Abstract title:"Genetic control of dendrite remodeling"
Florian Engert, Harvard University,USA
Abstract title:"Visual processing and motor control in the larval zebrafish"
Guoping Feng, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT,USA
Abstract title:"Probing Synaptic and Circuitry Mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders"
Zhigang He, Children's Hospital, Boston,USA
Abstract title:"From axon regeneration to functional recovery"
Takao Hensch, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School,USA
Abstract title:"Shaping neural circuits by early life experience"
Hai-Lan Hu, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences,CHINA
Abstract title:"The circuit mechanism of social hierarchy"
Alexandra Joyner, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,USA
Abstract title:"Transcription factor regulation of cerebellum circuit formation"
Masanobu Kano, The University of Tokyo,JAPAN
Abstract title:"Activity-dependent synapse elimination during postnatal cerebellar development"
Ruediger Klein, Max-Planck Institute fo Neurobiology,GERMANY
Abstract title:"Molecular mechanisms of repulsive guidance of pathfinding cells and axons"
Alex Kolodkin, Johns Hopkins Medical School/HHMI,USA
Abstract title:"Molecular mechanisms governing neuronal connectivity"
Stefan Leutgeb, University of California, SanDiego,USA
Abstract title:"Spatial computation in the entorhinal-hippocampal circuitry"
Liqun Luo, Stanford University,USA
Abstract title:"Mapping Olfaction"
Hitoshi Okamoto, RIKEN Brain Science Institute,Japan
Abstract title:"Cross-species approach for the study of the neural circuits controlling emotion"
Jeroen Pasterkamp, University Medical Center Utrecht,Netherlands
Abstract title:"FACS-array gene expression analysis identifies novel molecular mechanisms controlling neural circuit development in the mouse forebrain"
Dietmar Schmucker, VIB Vesalius Research Center,BELGIUM
Abstract title:"The role of diverse membrane receptor complexes in neural circuit formation"
Kristin Scott, U.C. Berkeley,USA
Abstract title:"Taste recognition in Drosophila"
Kang Shen, Stanford University,USA
Abstract title:"Global and local cues shape synaptic pattern in C. elegans"
Sangram Sisodia, University of Chicago,USA
Abstract title:"Function and Dysfunction of Presenilins in Alzheimer's Disease"
Hongjun Song, Johns Hopkins University,USA
Abstract title:"Molecular mechanisms regulating adult hippocampal neurogenesis"
Nicholas Spitzer, University of California, San Diego,USA
Abstract title:"Activity-dependent transmitter respecification: novel plasticity"
Fan Wang, Duke University,USA
Abstract title:"Analyzing neural circuits in the mouse trigeminal sensory system"
Weimin Zhong, Yale University,USA
Abstract title:"Mechanisms of Stem-Cell Homeostasis"
Yimin Zou, University of California at San Diego,USA
Abstract title:"Wnt and cell polarity signaling in brain wiring"

The invited keynote and session speakers will be presenting cutting edge discoveries in the area of circuit development and circuit function. We encourage participants from around the world to apply for this meeting and will select a small number of short presentations to be included in our sessions. The sessions will include axon wiring, dendrite morphogenesis, synapse formation, neurogenesis, circuit function and behavior, neural circuit disease and regeneration.

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 $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in October 2011.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by:

Package Content:

Package TypeEarlyNormalLate
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
July 29,2011  Sept 19,2011Before Arrival 
*CSHA Endowed Student¥1,530$230¥1,700$255¥1,870$280
Includes meeting pass only (special offer)
Student No Housing¥3,750$560¥4,000$595¥4,250$635
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Share Room for 4 nights.
Academic No Housing¥5,100$760¥5,500$820¥5,900$880
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Media No Housing¥3,300$490¥3,500$525¥3,700$550
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Corporate No Housing¥6,345$945¥6,880$1,025¥7,420$1,110
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 $300) & (Shared): (¥1,000 or $150), 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 75/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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