Date: 19-20th of May, 2016
Location: VU UniversityAmsterdam, the Netherlands
"an exciting international meeting on sensory cortical circuits from a multidisciplinary angle"
The primary somatosensory (or: barrel) cortex of rodents is widely used for studying molecular, cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying sensory-guided behavior. This system codes tactile stimuli acquired by the large facial whiskers located on the snout of the animals. The conscious perception of such stimuli is also highly relevant in the daily life of humans (although in this species receptors on the finger tips are mainly used), to perform fine-grained motor behavior, object recognition or social interactions. Especially for the rehabilitation of stroke or amputees, the manifold aspects of somatosensory transduction and processing have to be better understood, in order to translate them into better therapy. In recent years, the scientists of the CRC 889 (Cellular mechanisms of sensory processing) and the Research Group 1341 (Barrel Cortex Function) joined forces in the Barrel Cortex Function (BA-CO-FUN) consortium to clarify these mechanisms at all information processing levels of the somatosensory system. The consortium organized several meetings (FENS satelite 2012, Gottingen 2014) to bring together leaders in the field, to reflect the state of current knowledge and to develop further methods that will enable to understand the cellular mechanisms of sensory perception, decision making and goal-directed behavior.
The Amsterdam_2016 meeting is inspired by the BACOFUN consortium and associated scientific meetings and aims to continue the succesfull bi-annual meetings in Europe on cortical circuitry, behavior and related topics.
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