2014: The Novel NeuroTechnologies

About Us

In response to the President’s BRAIN initiative, Columbia University announces the creation of its NeuroTechnology Center (NTC). The center will include faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S), the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Zuckerman Mind, Brain, and Behavior Institute (Z-MBBI) and the Kavli Institute for Brain Science.

The mission of the NTC is to draw together interdisciplinary investigators to develop advanced optical, electrical and computational technologies for the study of complex neurobiological systems. To do so, the Center will foster and support the collaboration of groups with interdisciplinary skills across the university with the common goal of promoting the development of the next generation of advanced technologies for Neuroscience. This Center will provide scientific and intellectual cohesion to an already existing group of independent researchers in the biological and physical sciences and engineering. An additional mission is to facilitate the education and training of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty on the newest neurotechnologies. A final goal is to help crystalize the formation of a novel neurotechnology industry in the New York City area.

The vision of the center is an interacting network of tool-building laboratories that will create new neurotechniques that serve the Columbia University and the scientific community at large, forming one of the strongest neurotechnology groups in the world.

Examples of projects encompassed within NTC’s mission include the development of novel in-vivo optical imaging methods or microelectrode technologies for use in neuroscience and of novel computational methods to analyze large-scale recordings of neuronal activity. These technologies will be developed in close integration with researchers in the Z-MBBI Institute, who will be natural users of these technologies. The generation of highly novel and complex data from NTC’s technologies will also lead to strong affiliations with Columbia’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering (IDSE), whose expertise in the analysis of large scale imaging databases will become critical.

The NTC is led by Rafael Yuste, Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, known for his work on the development of optical methods in neuroscience. Yuste was the leading author of the Brain Activity Map proposal that gave rise to the BRAIN initiative. The NTC is co-directed by Ken Shepard, Professor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, an expert in electrical design and nanofabrication who also participated in the Brain Activity Map workshops and proposals, and by Liam Paninski, Professor of Statistics and Neuroscience, an specialist in novel data analysis methods for neuroscience.

The NTC will be funded by a combination of internal and external sources, including a seed grant during the first three years from the Kavli Foundation. NTC activities will start on November 3rd-4th, 2014 with the inaugural Kavli Futures Symposium: The Novel NeuroTechnologies, which will become an annual event.

Schedule and Speakers
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Monday November 3rd
Breakfast (5th floor mezzanine NWC) 8:00 – 8:30am
Speaker Title Time
Rafael Yuste, Columbia NTC Welcome 8:30 – 8:35am
Amber Miller, Columbia Welcome from the Dean 8:35 – 8:40am
Cori Bargmann, Rockefeller White House Brain Initiative 8:40 – 9:00am
Gyuri Buzsaki, NYU Local circuit analysis with large-scale recordings combined with optogenetics 9:00 – 9:40am
Coffee Break (5th floor mezzanine NWC) 9:40 – 10:00am
Session I: Neuro Imaging
Moderator: Darcy Peterka
Chris Harvey, Harvard Neuronal circuit dynamics in the mouse parietal cortex 10:00 – 10:40am
Andreas Tolias, Baylor Structural and functional principles of cortical microcircuit organization 10:40 – 11:20am
Jerome Mertz, BU New directions in brain imaging 11:20 – 12:00pm
Discussion: Neuro Imaging Technologies 12:00 – 12:20pm
Lunch 12:30 -2:00pm
NTC Career Rapid Networking (6th floor mezzanine NWC) For Columbia students and postdocs, RSVP required.
A rapid networking event where participants are asked to give a 30 second introduction followed by 5 minute discussions with leading industry, government and STEM related professionals.
1:00 – 2:00pm
(OPTIONAL) Lab Tours* (7th, 9th and 12th floors NWC)
Guided tours of the NTC Labs.
1:15 – 2:00pm

Session II: NanoNeuro
Moderator: Ken Shepard

Michael Roukes, Caltech Integrated Neurophotonics: a Vision for Massively-Parallel Interrogation of Brain Activity 2:00 – 2:40pm
Daryl Kipke, NeuroNexus Advanced neural probe technologies for massively parallel neural recordings 2:40 – 3:20pm

Coffee Break (5th floor mezzanine NWC)

3:20 – 3:40pm
Tim Harris, Janelia Very High Channel Count Si Probes: The IMEC Project 3:40 – 4:20pm
Charles Lieber, Harvard Nanoelectronic Tools for Brain Science: New Concepts and Progress 4:20 – 5:00 pm
Discussion: NanoNeuro Technologies 5:00 – 5:20pm
Reception and Poster Session (6th floor mezzanine NWC) 5:30 – 7:00pm
Speakers and Kavli Institute of BRAIN Science Dinner (Yuste-Golob Residence) 7:30 – 9:00pm
Tuesday November 4rd
Breakfast (5th floor mezzanine NWC) 8:00 – 8:30am
Liam Paninski Opening remarks 8:30 – 8:40am

Session III: NeuroComputation
Moderator: Liam Paninski

Speaker Title Time
Konrad Kording, Northwestern Multimodal information integration for large scale neural data analysis 8:40 – 9:20am
Eero Simoncelli, NYU Developing, validating, and using functional models for sensory processing 9:20 – 10:00am

Coffee Break (5th floor mezzanine NWC)

10:00 – 10:20pm
Sebastian Seung, Princeton Structural clues to a visual function: direction selectivity in the retina 10:20 – 11:00am
John Donoghue, Brown Opening Keynote 11:00 – 11.40am
Discussion: NeuroComputation Technologies 11:40 – 12:00pm
George Church, Harvard Closing Keynote 12:00 – 12:40pm
Rafael Yuste, Columbia Wrap Up Summary 12:40 – 12:45pm
Miyoung Chun, Kavli Closing Remarks 12:45 – 12:50pm
Lunch (6th floor mezzanine NWC) 1:00 – 2:00pm
Registration & Accommodations

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