Synchronous Rhythms in the Brain

  • Start Date: 06/18/2007
  • End Date: 06/20/2007
Speaker(s):


Olivier Bertrand
Christoph Borgers
Kevin Catt
Bard Ermentrout
Jack L. Feldman
Yoshikazu Isomura
Eugene Izhikevich
Leslie Kay
Nancy Kopell
Sue Moenter
Urs Ribary
Horacio Rotstein
Ilya A. Rybak
Bill Troy, Martin Wechselberger

Location: 

University of British Columbia

Topic: 

The brain is the main source of biological rhythms. These rhythms
range from sleep-wake cycles and the life-supporting respiration rhythm
to hormonal rhythms that control reproduction and from gaits in animal
locomotion to the highly sophisticated rhythms displayed in piano
playing and belly dancing. Synchronization plays a key role in the
networks of neurons that generate these rhythms. This mini-symposium is
aimed at bringing the leading experts in a variety of research fields
related to synchronization together to exchange ideas on
synchronization from a wide range of viewpoints. These include
experimentalists, mathematicians, and theoreticians. We are inviting
researchers from each of the following areas: hormonal rhythms
generated by synchronized endocrine neurons, the origin of respiratory
rhythms, synchrony and epileptic seizure-like activities, general
theory of synchrony in neural networks and dynamical systems,
mathematics and simulation of physiologically realistic neural
networks, measurement and interpretation of neural synchronization in
non- human animals, and measurement and interpretation of neural
synchrony in humans.

The meeting will last 3 days, with four or five 45-minute talks per
day, and plenty of time for discussion and interaction. The local
participants (organizers and their students) will not speak but their
work will be presented at a poster session during the meeting). The
plan is for the meeting to take place on June 18-20, 2007.

Topics covered by invited speakers:

  • Hormonal rhythms generated by synchronized endocrine neurons
  • The origin of respiratory rhythm
  • Synchrony and epileptic seizure-like activities
  • Mathematics and simulation of physiologically realistic neural networks
  • Synchrony in neural networks and dynamical systems
  • Measurement and interpretation of neural synchronization in animals
  • Measurement and interpretation of neural synchrony

This workshop is part of the activities of the CRG in Mathematical Modeling and Computation in Biology.

Organizers: Rachel Kuske (UBC Applied Math), Yue Xian Li (UBC Math Biology), Lawrence Ward (UBC Psychology).

Sponsor: 

pims Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC (PWIAS).