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Neurobiology: Diverse Species and Conserved Principles

Suzhou, China
September 15 – 19, 2014
Abstract Deadline extended to: July 27, 2014


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Organized by:
Aki Ejima, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Gert Jansen, Erasmus MC, the Netherlands
Li Liu, Institute of Biophysics of CAS, China
Bing Zhang, University of Missouri, USA

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference “Neurobiology: Diverse Species and Conserved Principles”, which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. ? The conference will begin at 7:00 pm on the evening of Monday September 15, 2014, and conclude after a lunch on Friday, September 19.

In this meeting, we aim to bring together scientists addressing various neurobiological topics in diverse organisms (including but not limited to Aplysia, C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, and mouse), to stimulate discussion among them and foster new collaborations, leading to a better understanding of conserved principles in neurobiology.

This conference is similar in design to the famous Cold Spring Harbor meetings series. The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session. 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:
1. Neural development
2. The synapse
3. Neural circuits
4. Learning and memory
5. Neuropeptides and neurotransmitters
6. Glia
7. Behavior
8. Evolution
9. Neurological diseases
10. New technology

Keynote Speakers:
Oliver Hobert, Columbia University, USA
Abstract title:Decoding the gene regulatory logic of neuronal cell type specification

Invited Speakers:
Detlev Arendt, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany
Abstract title:Evolution of the bilaterian nervous system
Ilan Davis, Oxford University, UK
Abstract title:Activity dependent synaptic plasticity : regulating translation at the neuromuscular junction
Michael Dickinson, University of Washington, USA
Abstract title:Straighten up and fly right: Visual navigation in Drosophila
Jiulin Du, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, China
Abstract title:Visual input-discriminative dopaminergic control of visuomotor transformation
Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Abstract title:The transposon storm hypothesis of neurodegeneration
Aki Ejima, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Abstract title:Plastic control of olfactory pheromone coding for decent courtship decision in Drosophila.
Takeshi Ishihara, Kyushu university, Japan
Abstract title:Neuronal mechanisms underlying sensory processing in the C. elegans circuit
Kei Ito, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Abstract title:Clonal composition of the brain: Functional, developmental and evolutionary units of neural circuits
Gert Jansen, Erasmus MC, the Netherlands
Abstract title:The balance between love and hate: Sensitivities of gustatory and nociceptive neurons determine NaCl attraction or avoidance behavior in C. elegans.
Markus Knaden, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
Abstract title:Formation and ecological relevance of  odorant valence in Drosophila melanogaster
Li Liu, Institute of Biophysics of CAS, China
Abstract title:The neural circuits of visual memory for "what“ and ”where“ in Drosophila
Jon Sakata, McGill Univeristy, Canada
Abstract title:Neural circuits for social communication in songbirds
Akira Sakurai, Georgia State University, USA
Abstract title:A diversity of solutions from a conserved substrate: Evolution of swimming in nudibranch molluscs
James Simmons, Brown University, USA
Abstract title:Perception, Attention, and the temporal binding hypothesis
Bruno van Swinderen, University of Queensland, Australia
Abstract title:Conserved mechanisms of general anaesthesia
Kazuhiro Wada, Hokkaido University, Japan
Abstract title:Neuronal constrain and learnability for species-specific vocal pattern in songbirds
Hongyan Wang, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, Singapore
Abstract title:Regulation of Drosophila neural stem cell self-renewal and differentiation
Bing Ye, University of Michigan, USA
Abstract title:Nuclear positioning determines the basic morphological types of neurons
Bing Zhang, University of Missouri, USA
Abstract title:More than glues: Glial regulation of synapses, axons, circuits, and behavior in Drosophila
Mei Zhen, Samuel Lunenfeld Res. Insti.,Uni. T, Canada
Abstract title:The development and functional coordination of the C. elegans nervous system
Yi Zhong, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Abstract title:Molecular mechanisms underlying the spacing effect in long-term memory formation

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 $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit .

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in September.


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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 (冷泉港亚洲会务)
Suzhou Industrial Park Conference Center (苏州工业园区会议中心/独墅湖世尊酒店)
No.299 Qiyue Road (启月街299号)
SIP/ Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China (中国江苏省苏州工业园区)
Phone: +86 512 6272 9029
Fax: +86 512 6272 9028