The 1st International Workshop on Technologies for Optogenetics OPTOGEN2014 will take place in Lecce, Italy, on December 16, 2014. This 1st edition will be by invitation only and it will bring together the most active scientists and technologists to discuss recent progresses and future trends in technologies for in vivo optogenetics: from new implantable devices to latest molecular tools developments.
List of Invited Speakers
Channelrhodopsin et al: photoreceptors as optogenetic tools
Optogenetic control of long range cortical projections in motivated behavior
Linearity in visual cortex - computations for behavior explored in the mouse using optogenetic perturbations
Optopharmacology to regulate biological processes with light
Optogenetic Dissection of Striato-Cortical Pathways
MEMS Based Optrodes With Integrated Light Sources
CMOS multielectrode arrays: an opportunity to read-out optogenetically evoked neural activity from thousands of single-neurons simultaneously
Simultaneous fast imaging and optogenetic inhibition of neuronal networks in the intact mouse brain
Versatile in vivo opogenetic stimulation with microstructured and tapered optical fibers
Venue: MUST Museum Lecce
Optogen2014 will be held at the MUST Museum in Lecce Must is giving to the town of Lecce an important place for cultural aggregation, where the historical insight of the town meets with his current vitality. MUST is indeed the Historical Museum of the City of Lecce in the first floor rooms, with sections dedicated to evidence of several ages, from the Messapians' to the Roman time, going up to the XVI and the XX centuries. In order for history to keep talking about itself, on t he ground floor MUST is a contemporary art gallery, with a permanent exhibition by local carver Cosimo Carlucci and another exhibition – the first of a long series– of photographic art by the US artist Jenny Okun.
Social Dinner @ Ristorante Blu Notte
How to reach usTransportation from Airport:
Brindisi Airport is 30 minutes far from Lecce
Lying on a plain at the foot of the Salento Plateau is Lecce - the "Florence of the South" - one of the most interesting cities in the region for its architecture, typical of the 17th Century. Of ancient origins, the city experienced two distinct periods of prosperity in its history: the Roman era and that of the rule of the Kingdom of Naples. Under both, construction of buildings, monuments and mansions increased heavily. These new structures were characterized by a magnificent and rich ornamentation that earned this typical architecture the definition of “Leccese Baroque." The imaginative and meticulous sculpting work was facilitated by the use of local stone, flexible and easy to inlay.
Salento is a peninsula located at the south-eastern Italy, in area commonly called the “heel of Italy”. The charm of this small sub-region immediately wins the tourists. The coast lines and the sea are certainly among the most beautiful in Italy. Coasts alternates, in fact, impressive cliffs to long beaches (maps) of extra fine white sand. This is why a part of Salento’s coast is romantically called “Maldives”. The must for the “New comer” in Salento is to visit Otranto, Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca. Otranto is a small-fortified town perched on the Adriatic coast, with greek origin; gorgeous the Aragonese castle that dominates the city. Do not miss the cathedral and its beautiful mosaic floor, which is recognized as one of the most important Italian medieval works. Located on the opposite side, on the Ionian Sea, is Gallipoli, a lovely little town with the singular historical center built in a peculiar “pan shape” and characterized by a maze of narrow streets. Last but not least, the end, or beginning, of Italy: Santa Maria di Leuca, built on the very tip of the peninsula, where the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea join.
The organizing committee acknowledge funding by progetto PONa3_00077, Infrastruttura per Tecnologie BioMEMS di Sensing Avanzato per Monitoraggio e Diagnostica Ambientale e Alimentare and co-funding by Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale (FERS), "Investiamo nel vostro futuro"