At the forefront of Understanding Neural Circuits

MPFI's biennial Sunposium conference brings together leaders in basic neuroscience research from all over the world
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MPFI's Biennial Conference

At the forefront of understanding neural circuits

Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, Florida

One of the Sunposium 2017 plenary lectures will be given by the recipient of the Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award. Visit here for more details on the award.


Jessica Herbst

Head, Academic Training Programs

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Registration will open in Fall 2016

David Anderson

California Institute of Technology

Ed Boyden

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emmanuelle Charpentier

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology - Plenary

Lu Chen

Stanford University School of Medicine

Graeme Davis

University of California San Francisco

Cagla Eroglu

Duke University School of Medicine

Yukiko Goda

RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Bill Hansson

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Fritjof Helmchen

University of Zurich

Andrew Huberman

Stanford University School of Medicine

Rudiger Klein

Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology

Dayu Lin

New York University Langone Medical Center

Michael Long

New York University School of Medicine

Thomas Mrsic-Flogel

University of Basel

Kang Shen

Stanford University School of Medicine

Inna Slutsky

Tel Aviv University

Thomas Sudhof

Stanford University School of Medicine - Plenary

Susumu Tonegawa

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Plenary

Samuel Young, Jr.

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Monday, March 30 [Agenda (.pdf)]

08:00 am Registration / Continental Breakfast
08:30 am Opening Remarks
08:45 am Xiaowei Zhuang
“Super-resolution imaging neuronal and circuit structures”
09:15 am Erik Jorgensen
"Ultrafast endocytosis"
09:45 am Richard Tsien
"Synaptic tagging and nuclear resource mobilization"
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Erin Schuman
"Local processing in neurons"
11:15 am Richard Huganir
“Regulation of neurotransmitter receptor function and synaptic plasticity in the brain”
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Plenary: Eric Betzig
"Imaging life at high spatiotemporal resolution”
01:00 pm Lunch
02:00 pm Tobias Bonhoeffer
"How experience changes the circuitry of the brain"
02:30 pm Gina Turrigiano
“Sleep and firing rate homeostasis”
03:00 pm Richard Mooney
“Motor - auditory interactions for listening and learning"
03:30 pm Break
04:00 pm Rainer Friedrich
“Neuronal circuits and computations in olfaction”
04:30 pm Florian Engert
"A sensory motor circuit for binocular motion integration in larval zebrafish"
05:00 pm Break
05:15 pm Plenary: Catherine Dulac
"Molecular and cellular architecture of the mouse social brain"
06:15 pm Remarks
07:00 pm Poster Session / Reception

Tuesday, March 31 [Agenda (.pdf)]

08:00 am Registration / Continental Breakfast
08:30 am Opening Remarks
08:45 am Loren Looger
“Tools for the visualization of nervous system structure and function”
09:15 am Na Ji
"From star to neuron – adaptive optical microscopy for deep brain imaging"
09:45 am Winfried Denk
"On the way to the whole mouse-brain connectome”
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Yishi Jin
“Mechanisms of synapse development and function in C. elegans”
11:15 am Songhai Shi
“Lineage-dependent structural and functional assembly of the mammalian cortex”
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Plenary: Botond Roska
"The first steps in vision"
01:00 pm Lunch
02:00 pm Thomas Mrsic-Flogel
“Circuits and sensory processing in mouse visual cortex”
02:30 pm Massimo Scanziani
“Cortical circuits of vision"
03:00 pm Michael Häusser
"Dendritic computation”
03:30 pm Break
04:00 pm Gilles Laurent
“Exploration of dynamics and representation in a three-layered visual cortex”
04:30 pm Anthony Movshon
"Cortical and perceptual processing of visual form"
05:00 pm Break
05:15 pm Plenary: Karl Deisseroth
"High-resolution optical investigation of structure and function in the intact brain"
06:15 pm Remarks

Sunposium 2015 was held at the PGA National Resort & Spa, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Attendees enjoyed talks from twenty-four of neuroscience’s most accomplished researchers. Download a complete agenda here.

Sunposium 2013 was held at The Breakers, located in Palm Beach, Florida. Attendees enjoyed talks from seventeen top neuroscience researchers. Download a complete agenda here.

While no official Sunposium 2017 travel grants are currently available, below is a list of available travel grants where funds can be applied to Sunposium 2017 attendance. This list will be updated if/when we learn of additional travel funding available for this conference.

American Journal Experts Gold Medal Research Travel Grant

$1,500 travel grant from AJE to attend the academic conference of the winner's choice

Deadline: August 31, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST - U.S./New York)

To apply or nominate a fellow researcher, click here

IBRO International Travel Grants

IBRO International Travel Grants aim to foster neuroscience research, especially in less well-funded countries, by providing support to high quality neuroscientists from diverse geographic and scientific areas (US/Canada Region excluded) who wish to participate at international neuroscience meetings taking place between January 1st and June 30th, 2017.

At least one letter of reference is required in order to be considered for this grant. Two is ideal.

Priority is given to those who have not obtained funding from this program within the past three years.

Grant amount: up to 1,500 euros.

Deadline: September 1, 2016 (11:59 p.m. CET - Europe/Paris time)

Open to all applicants, except residents of the USA and Canada.

To apply, click here