KITP Program: Pattern Formation in Physics and Biology (Aug 11 - Dec 19, 2003)
Coordinators: E. Bodenschatz, N. Goldenfeld, P. Jung, H. Levine, S. Schiff

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Neural Pattern Formation Miniconference (October 13-17, 2003)
Coordinator: S. Schiff
Funding: NIH

This 'Miniconference', held within the ongoing workshop on Pattern Formation in Physics and Biology at KITP, will focus on pattern formation in Neural Systems. The organized activity of nervous systems exists as patterns in space and time, yet our ability to meaningfully analyze such patterns, and our ability to construct theory relevant to the normal and pathological neuronal patterns in health and disease, remains in its early stages. Nevertheless, the tools of pattern formation physics are already advanced well beyond the level customarily employed in neuroscience applications. The goal of this workshop will be to:
  1. Present a selection of cutting edge theoretical applications of pattern formation physics and mathematics in neuroscience.
  2. Present a selection of cutting edge neuroscience experiments where a spatiotemporal analysis, and theoretical framework, is needed.
  3. Define for both neural theory and experiments, where the productive directions lie given present knowledge and techniques.
  4. Form novel collaborations between theorists and experimentalists.
  5. Define diseases where spatiotemporal patterns may be intimately related to the expression of symptoms or cause of the disease, and where a pattern analysis might lead to novel therapy.

Monday, October 13, 2003

10/13, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Jack Cowan
University of Chicago
Pattern Formation in Neural Systems[Aud][Cam]
10/13, 2:00 p.m. Dr. David Kleinfeld
UC San Diego
Evidence for Phase Dynamics at the Neuronal and Tissue Level in Brain[Slides][Aud][Cam]

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

10/14, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Paul Bressloff
University of Utah
Patterns and Waves in Inhomogeneous Neural Media[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/14, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Marty Golubitsky
University of Houston
Pattern Formation on the Visual Cortex[Slides][Aud][Cam]

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

10/15, 9:00 a.m. Dr. Jian-Young Wu
Georgetown University
Voltage-Sensitive Dye Imaging of Wave Dynamics in Neocortical Local Network[Slides][Vid][Aud][Cam]
10/15, 10:30 a.m. Dr. Bill Troy
University Pittsburgh
Multi-Bumps, Spirals and Target Patterns in a Two-Dimensional Neuroscience Model[Slides][Aud][Cam]

Thursday, October 16, 2003

10/16, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Gloster Aaron
Repeating Motifs of Synaptic Activity in Neocortex[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/16, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Jonathan Rubin
University of Pittsburgh
Synaptic Architecture and Instrinsic Dynamics in Neuronal Network Activity Patterns[Slides][Aud][Cam]

Friday, October 17, 2003

10/17, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Jeff Smith
Pattern Formation in an Oscillatory Motor Network: Cellular and Neural Circuit Dynamics[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/17, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Steven Schiff
George Mason University
Dynamical Evolution of Seizure Patterns: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends[Slides][Aud][Cam]
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