Functional synaptic architecture of visual cortex - David Fitzpatrick

Thursday, February 7, 2019

12:00 pm

Clark Center Auditorium Map

Sponsored by:
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Seminar Series Presents

Functional synaptic architecture of visual cortex

David Fitzpatrick, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, Research Group Leader, Scientific Director

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Host: Carla Shatz


The pioneering work of Hubel and Wiesel defined the fundamental challenge in understanding the functional organization of visual cortex: How do cortical circuits transform the information supplied by thalamus into coherent representations of the visual world?  The emergent response properties of cortical circuits, such as selectivity for the orientation of edges or direction of motion have served as focal points for considerable progress in understanding cortical circuit mechanisms. Nevertheless the fine scale functional synaptic architecture of cortical neurons—how functionally defined excitatory and inhibitory inputs are integrated by individual neurons to produce selective responses remains unclear. This presentation will focus on recent studies employing a combination of in vivo imaging and optogenetic stimulation techniques with cellular and synaptic resolution that provide new insights into the role that functional specificity in synaptic connections and fine scale dendritic topology play in shaping the cortical transform.

Thursday, February 7, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Clark Center Auditorium Map

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