CRCNS 2017

June 14-16, 2017 Brown University, Providence RI


CRCNS 2012 –


Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, June 3-5


Sunday, June 3

2:30 – 4:00 Check In @ the Chase


4:30 – 5:30 Registration Starlight Ballroom


5:30 – 6:00 Introduction

Kurt Thoroughman, Conference Organizer

Kenneth Whang, NSF

Dennis Glanzman, NIH

Yuan Liu, NIH


6:00 – 7:00 Dinner


Presentations (Session A) Starlight Ballroom


7:00 – 7:30 (A1) Neural mechanisms of the birdsong syntax

Alexay Kozhevnikov (Pennsylvania State University), and Dezhe Jin


7:30 – 8:00 (A2) Completing and testing biophysical models in neurobiology

Henry Abarbanel (UC, San Diego)


8:00 – 8:30 (A3) Adding biological realism to HVC network models

Daniel Margoliash (University of Chicago), and Henry Abarbanel


8:30 – 9:00 (A4) Maps and meters: Signal transformations for reconciling auditory and visual

spatial information Jennifer Groh (Duke University), and Jungah Lee


Monday, June 4


Presentations (Session B) Starlight Ballroom


7:30 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 8:30 (B1) Contribution of persistent activity to cortico-hippocampal interaction in vivo

Mayank Mehta (UCLA), and Thomas Hahn


8:30 – 9:00 (B2) Integrated empirical and multiscale modeling of human sleep spindles

Eric Halgren (USCD)


9:00 – 9:30 (B3) Parkinson’s Disease: Mechanistic observations, and relevance to the

improvement of PD DBS surgery Ming Cheng (Alpert Medical School at Brown University), Uri Eden, Sridev Sarma,

and Nancy Kopell


9:30 – 10:00 (B4) Fluctuating neural synchrony in the basal ganglia of parkinsonian patients:

experimental observations, potential mechanisms, and functional implications

Leonid Rubchinsky (IUPUI and Indiana University School of Medicine), and Robert Worth


10:00 – 10:30 Break


10:30 – 11:00 (B5) Contributions of the thalamus and basal ganglia to neocortical beta oscillation:

A novel computational hypothesis Stephanie Jones (Brown University), and Christopher Moore


11:00 – 11:30 (B6) Strategy-Dependent Encoding of Planned Arm Movements in Dorsal

Premotor Cortex Dan Moran (Washington University)


11:30 – 12:00 (B7) Mathematical modeling and imaging cardiac electrophysiology

Yoram Rudy (Washington University)


12:00 – 1:00 Lunch


Presentations (Session C) Starlight Ballroom


1:00 – 1:30 (C1) Information geometric analysis of neural spikes

Masami Tatsuno (University of Lethbridge), and Jean-Marc Fellous


1:30 – 2:00 (C2) Correlated excitation and inhibition allows high-fidelity transmission of activity

within the theta frequency band John White (University of Utah, and Carmen Canavier)


2:00 – 2:30 (C3) The impact of network structure on criticality in cortical circuits

John Beggs (Indiana University), Alan Litke, and Andrew Lumsdaiine


2:30 – 3:00 (C4) Synchrony of pairs of neurons explained via PRC-derived maps and a noisewith-

memory process Robert Butera (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Carmen Canavier


3:00 – 3:30 Break


3:30 – 4:00 (C5) Modeling calcium signaling in spines

Mary Kennedy (Caltech), Terrence Sejnowski, and Thomas Bartol


4:00 – 4:30 (C6) Optical analysis of Calmodulin kinase signaling in single synapses

Ryohei Yasuda (Duke University Medical School), Sridhar Raghvachari, and John Lisman


4:30 – 5:00 (C7) Fast statistical methods for mapping synaptic connectivity on dendritic trees

Liam Paninski (Columbia University), and Rafa Yuste


5:00 – 5:30 (C8) Nonlinear processing at retinal bipolar-ganglion cell synapses underlying

temporal precision and adaptation to contrast Daniel Butts (University of Maryland), Yanbin Wang, and Jonathan Demb


6:00 – 7:00 Dinner


7:00 – 9:30 Poster (Session D) Zodiac Room


(D1) Risk-sensitivity in motor learning

Alaa Ahmed (University of Colorado, Boulder)


(D2) An open data-sharing project for cognitive neuroscience

Deana Barch (Washington University), Russell Poldrack, Anthony Wagner, Tor Wager, and Jason Mitchell


(D3) Mechanisms controlling spatial gradients of cAMP in neurons

Kim Blackwell (George Mason University) and Ted Abel


(D4) Gamma rhythms, theta rhythms, and baths of inhibition

Christoph Borgers (Tufts University) and Nancy Kopell (Boston University)


(D5) Investigating phase-dependent pattern generator robustness

Hillel Chiel (Case Western Reserve University) and Peter Thomas


(D6) CRCNS data sharing: NeuroML database for multiscale models in neuroscience

Sharon Crook (Arizona State University)


(D7) Computationally modeling the impact of end-organ structure on neural responses

in Tactile Afferents

Gregory Gerling (University of Virginia), Ellen Lumpin, Daine Lesniak, Kara Marshall and Scott Wellnitz


(D8) Anatomical distributions of activation patterns in fMRI

Polina Golland (MIT)


(D9) Inter-subject functional connectivity hyperalignment of neural representational spaces.

J Swaroop Guntupalli (Dartmouth College), Michael Hanke, Peter Ramadge, and James Haxby


(D10) A computational framework for understanding decision making through

integration of basic learning rules

Ramon Huerta (University of California San Diego), Brian Smith, and Maxim Bazhenov


(D11) Functional connectivity and representation of respiration in the cerebellar cortico nuclear pathway

Dieter Jaeger (Emory University), Ying Cao, Selva Maran, and Detlef Heck


(D12) Network analysis reveals information flow between the human amygdala and

orbitofrontal cortex during decision-making

Rick Jenison (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Antonio Rangel


(D13) Collaboration on high-resolution maps of synapses on hippocampal neurons

William Kath (Northwestern University), Stephen Smith, Stefan Remy, and Nelson Spruston


(D14) Spike sorting for spatially dense high channel count extracellular recordings

Nancy Kopell (Boston University) Ed Boyden and Chrisoph Borgers (Tufts University)


(D15) New tools for the mechanistic dissection of neural networks: a robotic system for

automated whole-cell patch clamping in vivo and optimized molecular reagents for multipathway optogenetic control

Nancy Kopell (Boston University) Ed Boyden and Chrisoph Borgers (Tufts University)


(D16) Sparse incomplete representations by the granule cells of the olfactory bulb

Alexei Koulakov (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)


(D17) The temporal extent of shape information in the human visual system

Gabriel Kreiman (Children’s Hospital, Harvard University), and Jedediah Singer


(D18) Advanced stimuli to probe electrosensory processing and memory in Mormyrid fish

Todd Leen (Oregon Health & Science University), Patrick Roberts, and Nathan Sawtell


(D19) Propagation of uncertainty information during perceptual decisions

Wei Ji Ma (Baylor College of Medicine), Andreas Tolias


(D20) Text, neuroimaging, and memory: unified models of corpora and cognition

Jeremy Manning (Princeton University), Kenneth Norman, David Blei


(D21) The incorporation of new information into prefrontal cortical activity after learning new tasks

Ethan Meyers (MIT), Xue-Lian Qi, and Christos Constantinidis


(D22) CRCNS: Adaptive perceptual-motor feedback for the analysis of complex scenes

Cynthia Moss (University of Maryland), Timothy Horiuchi


(D23) Model of hippocampal-amygdala interaction: Implications for PTSD

Catherine Myers (UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and DVA NJHCS)


(D24) Modeling acquisition and extinction of conditioned fear associations in amygdale circuits

Satish Nair (University of Missouri), Gregory Quirk, and Denis Pare


(D25) Higher order maximum entropy models for cortical networks

Bruno Olshausen (UC Berkeley), Urs Koster, Jascha Sohl-Dickstein and Charles Gray


(D26) How does V1 encode dynamic natural scenes?

Bruno Olshausen (UC Berkeley), Urs Koster, Amir Khosrowshahi, Ian Stevenson and Charles Gray


(D27) Plastic effects of transcranial electric stimulation

Lucas Parra (City University of New York–CCNY)


(D28) Reinforcement learning in multi-dimensional action spaces

Bijan Pesaran (New York University) and Nathaniel Daw


(D29) Computing motion-dependent proprioceptive feedback using a forward dynamics

musculoskeletal model of cat hindlimb: Role of muscle history-dependent properties

Boris Prilutsky (Georgia Institute of Technology), Alexander Klishko, Sergey Markin,

Natalia Shevtsova, IIya Rybak, and Michel Lemay


(D30) Afferent specificity, inhibitory subtypes and astrocytic glutamate transporters influence

orientation selectivity: A computational study in mouse primary visual cortex

Dipanjan Roy (Technical University Berlin), Konstantin Mergenthaler, Jeremy Petravicz,

Caroline Runyan, Nathan Wilson, Mriganka Sur, and Klaus Obermayer


(D31) Biophysically accurate non-classical and inhibitory interneuron properties in a sparse coding network

Christopher Rozell (Georgia Institute of Technology)


(D32) Investigating the relationship between spikes and instantaneous LFP phase through the use of spike encoding models

Kyle Rupp (Johns Hopkins University), Marc Schieber, and Nitish Thakor


(D33) Direction selectivity in parietal cortex before and after visual categorization training

Arup Sarma (University of Chicago), Xiao-Jing Wang, and David Freedman


(D34) Force measurements on locusts during visually-evoked collision avoidance maneuvers

Sergy Shkarayev (University of Arizona)


(D35) Memory and prediction in cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum

Robert Scheidt (Marquette University), Nicole MG Salowitz, Aaron Suminski


(D36) LFP spectral estimates improve predictive power of neuronal point process encoding models

Ryan Smith (Johns Hopkins University), Nitish Thakor, and Marc Schieber


(D37) US-German Collaboration: How dynamic is encoding? State-dependent feature-selectivity

in thalamo-cortical circuits of the rat whisker system

Garrett Stanley (Georgia Tech/Emory), and Cornelius Schwarz


(D38) Neural and computational models of spatio-temporally varying natural scenes

Garrett Stanley (Georgia Tech/Emory), Jose-Manuel Alonso, and Michael Black


(D39) Preclinical antidepressant and antipsychostimulant properties of a novel monoamine transporter inhibitor

identified via structure-based virtual screening

Christopher Surratt (Duquesne University), Jeffery Talbot, Gianluigi Tanda, Jonathan Katz,

Martin Indarte, Maddalena Mereu and Jeffrey Madura


(D40) Limited role of intraglomerular inhibition in shaping responses to dynamic olfactory input

Matt Wachowiak (University of Utah), and Erik Sherwood


(D41) Internal model estimation for closed-loop brain-computer interfaces

Byron Yu (Carnegie Mellon University) and Aaron Batista


(D42) From flows to surfaces: Toward a model of cortical surface inference

Steven Zucker (Yale University), Daniel Holtmann-Rice, Roland Fleming and Romain Vergne


Tuesday, June 5


Presentations (Session E)


7:30 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast Starlight Ballroom


8:00 – 8:30 (E1) Neural correlate of rapid decisions in macaque frontal cortex

Terrence Stanford (Wake Forest School of Medicine), and Emilio Salinas


8:30 – 9:00 (E2) Task-level brain-machine interfaces

Emo Todorov (University of Washington)


9:00 – 9:30 (E3) The encoding of fixed motor memories through fluctuating synaptic patterns

Robert Ajemian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Emilio Bizzi


9:30 – 10:00 (E4) Statistical estimation in grip force control

Maurice Smith (Harvard University), Alkis Hadjiosif, and Jordan Brayanov


10:00 – 10:30 Break


10:30 – 12:30 (E5) Grand Challenges

Kurt Thoroughman & David Van Essen (Washington University), Hilel Chiel &

Peter Thomas (CWRU), Kenneth Whang (NSF), Yuan Liu & Dennis Glanzman, (NIH)


12:30 – 1:30 Lunch


Presentations (Session F) 


1:30 – 2:00 (F1) Collision avoidance behaviors of minimally restrained locusts to looming stimuli

Fabrizio Gabbiani (Baylor College of Medicine)


2:00 – 2:30 (F2) Mechanisms of spike generation in a mammalian touch receptor

Ellen Lumpkin (Columbia University), and Gregory Gerling


2:30 – 3:00 (F3) Biophysical properties of parallel neural circuits serving night vision

Joshua Singer (University of Maryland), Jonathan Demb, William Kath, and Hermann Riecke


3:00 – 3:30 Break


3:30 – 4:00 (F4) Behaviorally relevant network states revealed through analysis of trial-to-trial variability in cortical activity

Paul Miller (Brandeis University)


4:00 – 4:30 (F5) Complex visual processing in Drosophila larvae?

Barry Condron (University of Virginia)


4:30 – 5:00 (F6) Understanding cortical surround modulation with natural stimuli using a principled statistical model

Odelia Schwartz (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), and Adam Kohn


5:00 Closing Remarks