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Visual NeuroPlasticity Workshop

January 10, 2024

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET

Purpose: The synaptic basis of neuroplasticity may involve long term potentiation or depression (LTP/LTD), but there are also many possible polysynaptic, cellular, circuit, and behavioral mechanisms. In the visual system alone, myriad concepts guide research at the various levels of inquiry including: synapse formation/maintenance, adaptive/maladaptive, experience dependent/homeostatic, familiarity/learning and memory/recovery of function.  The goal of this workshop is to bring together various lines of investigation for a better understanding of the full process.

The workshop will be virtual, and is free to attend. The event will be live captioned. For questions or other reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact Alicia Kerr ( at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Colorful neurons with synapse highlighted.
Oculomotor learning is a classic example of neuroplasticity, involving cerebellar synapses, brain circuits, and visual signals. Circuit tracing using Brainbow multicolor labeling. Three-dimensional reconstruction of cerebellar mossy fiber axons and granule cells. A mossy fiber contact with a granule cell is visible (indicated by the white arrowhead). Reproduced with permission from Weissman, T.A, et al. Generating and Imaging Multicolor Brainbow Mice. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. (2011); (7):763-9; Image courtesy of Joshua R. Sanes.

Sessions, Topics and Speakers:

Session 1: Cortical cellular mechanisms

10:15am ET
Lindsey Glickfeld, Chair

Visual system rejuvenation via dark exposure, Betsy Quinlan
Ensemble formation through intrinsic plasticity, Rafa Yuste 
Neuronal tuning via diverse synaptic inputs, David Fitzpatrick

Session 2: Functional reorganization

11:30am ET
Marlene Behrmann, Chair

Neural adaptations in visual impairment, Ione Fine 
Perceptual development in sight recovery, Pawan Sinha 
Oculomotor rehabilitation, Tara Alvarez

Session 3: Subcortical mechanisms

12:45pm ET
JC Cang, Chair

Sensory plasticity beyond the critical period, Hey-Kyoung Lee
Synaptic tuning in visual thalamus, Chinfei Chen
Experience-dependence in superior colliculus, Jennifer Hoy

Session 4: Retinal remodeling

2:00pm ET
Alapakkam Sampath, Chair

Cellular responses to photoreceptor degeneration, Bryan Jones
Adaptive compensatory mechanisms, Greg Field
Preservation of function, Daniel Kerschensteiner
Astrocytes in synapse formation and maintenance, Cagla Eroglu

Workshop Participants

Tara L. Alvarez, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Marlene Behrmann, University of Pittsburgh
Jianhua Cang, University of Virginia
Chinfei Chen, Boston Children's Hospital
Cagla Eroglu, Duke University
David Fitzpatrick, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Greg D. Field, University of California Los Angeles
Ione Fine, University of Washington
Lindsey Glickfeld, Duke University
Jennifer L. Hoy, University of Nevada Reno
Bryan W. Jones, University of Utah
Daniel Kerschensteiner, Washington University
Hey-Kyoung Lee, Johns Hopkins University
Elizabeth Quinlan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Alapakkam Sampath, University of California Los Angeles
Pawan Sinha, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rafael Yuste, Columbia University


Alicia Kerr

Last updated: December 26, 2023