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Neural Circuit Basis of Behavior and its Disorders
Suzhou, China
May 12-16, 2014

Abstract Deadline extended to March 23, 2014

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Organized by:
Rui Costa, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Portugal
Guoping Feng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Yasunori Hayashi, Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan
Minmin Luo, National Institute of Biological Sciences, China

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Neural Circuit Basis of Behavior and its Disorders which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 12, and will conclude after lunch on May 16, 2014.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in neural circuit research. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
(i) Development and Genetics of Neural Circuits
(ii) Circuit Mechanisms of Perception, Cognition, and Learning and Memory
(iii) Neuromodulators in Circuit Function and Behavior
(iv) Circuit Dysfunction and Psychiatric Disorders

Keynote Speakers:
Karl Deisseroth, HHMI / Stanford University, USA
Abstract title:Optical deconstruction of fully-assembled biological systems

Invited Speakers:
Guoqiang Bi, USTC, China
Abstract title:Epigenetic Regulation of Transcription during the Intraerythrocytic Developmental Cycle of Plasmodium falciparum
Sumantra Chattarji, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
Abstract title:Neuronal encoding of the transition from specific to generalized fear in the amygdala
Jiulin Du, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Abstract title:Dopaminergic neurons control visuomotor transformation via inhibitory interneurons in a visual input-discriminative manner
Michale Fee,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Wenbiao Gan,
New York University, USA
Abstract title:Microglia promote learning-dependent synapse formation through BDNF
Jufang He,
City University of Hong Kong, China
Abstract title:Cholecystokinin from the Entorhinal Cortex Enables Memory Writing in the Neocortex
Weizhi JI, Yunnan Key Laboratory of Primate Biomedical Research, China
Abstract title: Gene targeting in monkeys with TALEN and CRISPR/Cas9
Adam Kepecs, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Abstract title:Mapping the behavioral repertoire of cortical interneurons during behavior
Eunjoon Kim,
KAIST, South Korea
Abstract title:Synaptic scaffolding proteins, NMDA receptor function, and autism spectrum disorders
Jinhyun Kim,
Korea Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea
Abstract title:mGRASP for mapping mammalian synaptic circuit at multiple scales
Anatol Kreitzer,
University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title:Mechanisms for Locomotor Control by Basal Ganglia Circuitry
Xiaoming Li,
Zhejiang University, China
Abstract title:Selectively Optical Drive of Cholinergic Fibers in the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus Promotes Sleep
Ikue Mori,
Nagoya University, Japan
Abstract title:Decoding neural circuits underlying learning, memory and decision-making
Shigetada Nakanishi,
Osaka Bioscience Institute, Japan
Abstract title:The distinct dopaminergic control of the nucleus accumbens circuit in reward-based and aversive learning
Michael Orger,
Centro Champalimaud, Portugal
Abstract title:Neural circuits underlying the optokinetic response in zebrafish
David Perkel,
University of Washington, USA
Abstract title:A glutamatergic striatal interneuron coordinates pallidal firing in a vocal learning circuit
Kay Tye,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Zuoren Wang,
Institute of Neuroscience, SIBS, CAS, China
Zhiqi Xiong,
Institute of Neuroscience, China
Abstract title:Prrt2-deficiency Impairs Presynaptic Plasticity and Voluntary Movements
Fuqiang Xu, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, CAS,China
Abstract title:Development of Viral Tools for Neurocircuit-tracing
Fengwei Yu, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
Abstract title:Sculpting the nervous system in Drosophila

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May 2014.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline. 3. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

4. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences
Suzhou, China


Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences
Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
No.299 Qiyue Road
SIP/ Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
Phone: +86 512 6272 9029
Fax: +86 512 6272 9028