Wuhan Optoelectronics Forum No. 79 was successfully held in Auditorium A101 at Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO) on the afternoon of April 18, 2014. Prof. Josh Huang from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory delivered an exciting talk entitled “Exploring neural circuit organization in cerebral cortex by combining genetic and imaging approaches”. Prof. Qingming Luo, Vice President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Executive Deputy Director of WNLO, chaired the forum and awarded Prof. Huang the forum medal.
The mammalian neocortex gives rise to a wide range of mental activities and consists of a constellation of interconnected cortical areas, built from variations of a set of basic circuit templates. Major obstacles to understanding cortical architecture include the stunning diversity of cell types, their highly recurrent local and global connectivity, dynamic circuit operations, and so on. Combined with cell resolution and brain-wide optoelectronic imaging, it is opportune to systematically discover the myriad of information processing streams and communication channels with cellular and cell type resolution.
Prof. Josh Huang is currently Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Neuroscience at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. His long term research goal aims to understand the basic mechanisms underlying the developmental assembly and function organization of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex. He is the recipient of Pew Scholar Award in Biomedical Science, McKnight Scholar Award in Neuroscience, Distinguished Investigator of NARSAD-Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and Simon’s Investigator of Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.
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