Exploring the Brain’s Navigation System with High-Resolution Imaging and Virtual Reality

Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 11:00 AM
Elmore Auditorium
Daniel A. Dombeck, PhD, Northwestern University
David Fitzpatrick, PhD
(561) 972-9000

Event Information

I will discuss techniques that allow us to perform cellular and subcellular resolution imaging of neuronal activity in mice navigating in virtual reality environments and recent results from imaging place cells and grid cells. I will describe activity patterns that we have observed in hippocampal place cell dendrites and the implications for how associative Hebbian learning may take place during behavior. I will also describe the functional micro-organization of grid cells in the medial entorhinal cortex and what the organization might tell us about the circuits that generate grid cell firing patterns.

This seminar is open to faculty, scientists, and students from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the Scripps Research Institute Florida, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Florida. If you belong to an institution outside of the Jupiter campus and would like to attend, please send a request to seminars@mpfi.org