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Recent developments in technologies that allow the activation and inhibition of specific cell assemblies in behaving brains have revolutionized systems neuroscience.
An ideal complement to these ground-breaking tools are approaches that allow the functional imaging of large numbers of neurons in freely moving animals (e.g. head-mounted fluorescent microscopes originally developed in the Schnitzer lab). However, for a number of reasons (e.g., cost) these head-mounted fluorescent microscopes are still inaccessible to many labs. This workshop is sponsored by
MCCS and the UCLA Integrative Center for Learning and Memory (ICLM). Instructors will include Daniel Aharoni, Denise Cai, and Tristan Shuman, the scientists that developed and used extensively the UCLA miniscopes.


This MCCS / ICLM workshop will review an open source, new generation of head-mounted fluorescent microscopes (miniscopes) developed at UCLA in the labs of Alcino Silva, Bal Khakh and Peyman Golshani. For a wiki describing these miniscopes, associated protocols, part numbers etc, go to The long-term goal is to create a wiki-like community of users that will share the development of this powerful technology, from the design of the miniscopes to the computer software, surgery methods, etc, in an open source and commercial free environment. This workshop is part of a series of events to share the evolving technology of miniscopes. The workshop will be on Thursday November 9, 2017 (2-5 PM; before the poster session of the MCCS meeting right before SFN ) The event will be at the George Washington Medical School, in Ross Hall, Room 101, 2300 Eye Street, Washington, D.C. 20037.
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Because of the limited availability of openings in this workshop,
registration is mandatory.
Workshop Schedule
November 9th, 2017 (2-5 PM); George Washington Medical School, in Ross Hall, Room 101, 2300 Eye Street, Washington, D.C. 20037.
2:05-2:15 Welcome: Alcino Silva (UCLA)
Overview: Denise Cai (Mt Sinai)
Imaging Principles: Daniel Aharoni (UCLA)
Implantation & Baseplate Surgeries: Tristan Shuman (Mt Sinai)
Assembly & Imaging: Denise Cai (Mt Sinai)
4:20- 4:50 Applications: Pingping Zhao (UCLA), Megha Sehgal (UCLA), and Xinzhu Yu (UCLA)
4:50-5:15 Future Directions and General Q&A