2006 Atlanta Meeting

The meeting took place immediately before the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Atlanta, and surveyed recent exciting discoveries in the field of Molecular and Cellular Cognition. There was a “wine and cheese” poster session (from 7:00-09:30 PM, 10/12/06; International Ballroom-M2 Omni CNN Hotel) and a symposium (from 9:00 AM to 4:40 PM; 10/13/06; Grand Ballroom E-M4, Omni CNN Hotel).  The meeting included 9 junior scientists whose talks were chosen from abstracts submitted to the poster session.  Approximately 300 people attended!

Friday, October 13, 2006
9:00 am: Opening Remarks: Alcino Silva (NIMH) 
Session I.
Chair: Larry Swanson (University Southern California)
9:05 - 9:25  Carrie Shilyansky (UCLA) “Impaired Response Planning and Increased Prefrontal Cortex Inhibition in a Mouse Model of Neurofibromatosis Type I”
9:25 - 9:45  Eric Nestler (UT Southwestern) “Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Addiction”
9:45 - 10:05 Tom Carew (UC-Irvine) “Tracking the Flow of Molecular Processing During Memory Formation: Lessons from Aplysia”
10:05 – 10:25 Jonathan Whitlock (MIT) “Learning Induces Long-Term Potentiation in the Hippocampus”
10:25 am - 11:00 am   BREAK

Session II.
Chair: Mike Davis (Emory University)
11:00 - 11:20 Jasmeer Chhatwal (Emory) “Functional Interactions Between the Endocannabinoid and CCKergic Neurotransmitter Systems May Be Critical for Extinction Learning
11:20 - 11:40 Sandra Pena de Ortiz  (University of Puerto Rico) “DNA Recombination as a Mechanism in Memory Consolidation”
11:40 - 12:00  Peter Seeburg (Max Planck) “NMDA Receptor Mutants, Hippocampal LTP and Spatial Learning”
12:00 - 12:20 Naoki Matsuo (Scripps) “Imaging of Behaviorally Activated Neurons and AMPA Receptor Dynamics in Mice”
12:20 pm - 2:00 pm   LUNCH

Session III.
Chair: Edda (Floh) Thiels (University of Pittsburgh)
2:00 - 2:20 Eric Klann (NYU) “Translational Control Mechanisms in Hippocampal Function”
2:20 - 2:40 Isabel Muzzio (Columbia) “Learning to Attend: The Role of Selective Attention on the Stability of Hippocampal Cells”
2:40 - 3:00  Kuan Hong Wang (NIH) “In Vivo Two-photon Imaging Reveals a Role of Arc in Enhancing Orientation Specificity in Visual Cortex”
3:00 - 3:20 Remus Osan (Boston) “Real-Time Memory Encoding by Neural Clique Assemblies”
3:20 pm - 3:40 pm  BREAK

Session IV.
Chair: Mary Kennedy (Caltech)
3:40 - 4:00 Eric Kandel (Columbia) “Mice, Men and Mental Illness”
4:00 - 4:20 Kristin Eckel-Mahan (University of Washington) “Circadian Regulation of Hippocampal MAPK Activation by Calcium-Sensitive Adenylate Cycles Activity: Implications for Learning and Memory”
4:20 - 4:40 Richard Thompson (USC) “Role of Cerebellar Cortex in Classical Conditioning of Discrete Responses”