27th Annual Keck Center Research Conference
Innovations in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
Friday, October 27, 2017
BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. Houston
Carmen Dessauer, Professor, UTHealth
Ted Wensel, Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Caleb Kemere, Assistant Professor, Rice University
The brain contains about 100 billion neurons, each directly communicating with up to tens of thousands of other nerve cells. It is an exceptionally complex organ that poses unique challenges for its study. Increasing our knowledge of the brain requires revolutionary and dynamic approaches and technologies along with interdisciplinary research and collaboration in the fields neuroscience, computational biology, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, molecular biology, biomedical informatics, neurology, physics, pharmacology, and others. This conference will explore some of the innovative research leading to understanding the brain’s fantastic complexity.
Eve Marder, Professor of Neuroscience, Brandeis University
Dr. Marder studies the dynamics of small neuronal networks, and her work was instrumental in demonstrating that neuronal circuits are not “hard-wired” but can be reconfigured by neuromodulatory neurons and substances to produce a variety of outputs.
Dan Yamins, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Computer Science,Stanford University
Dr. Yamins is a computational neuroscientist. He works on science and technology challenges at the intersection of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychology and large-scale data analysis. The brain is the embodiment of the most beautiful algorithms ever written. His research group, the Stanford NeuroAILab, seeks to “reverse engineer” these algorithms, both to learn both about how our minds work and build more effective artificial intelligence systems.
Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Associate Professor of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Arenkiel is a member of the faculty at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. His laboratory uses the mouse model and the feature of adult neurogenesis to investigate how neural stem cells continually form new synapses and circuits in the adult brain. The long-term goal of his research program is to devise new methods to repair or replace damaged and diseased nervous tissue.
Andreas Tolias, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Tolias is the Brown Foundation Endowed Chair of Neuroscience; Founder and Director Center for Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence; Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University. Dr. Tolias’ research aims to understand the rules by which networks of nerves cells in the neocortex orchestrate their activity to process information; to decipher the neural code.
Please join us for the GCC Cluster Neuroengineering Conference, October 26