NeuroFutures Conference: June 17 - 18, 2014

New Submission Deadline: May 16, 2014

Thought leaders in research, engineering, industry, and clinical domains will explore how the intersection of neurotechnology innovations in neuromodulation, brain mapping, neuroimaging, big data analytics, and brain computer interfaces will transform our understanding of neural systems and enable life-changing medical treatments.

Meeting attendees will learn the state of the art, present and discuss their work, and interact with neurotechnology leaders in a small conference setting. Participants will gain valuable new contacts, insights, and collaboration opportunities and learn about the world-class researchers and facilities available in the Pacific Northwest.

Please consider sharing your ideas there as well! See the Call for Abstracts page for instructions on how to submit a proposal for poster, demonstration or oral presentation.

NeuroFutures Public Lecture: Evening, June 16

Dr. Andres Lozano from the University of Toronto will kick off the NeuroFutures summit with a talk on “The Future of Brain Stimulation: Parkinson’s, Depression, Alzheimer’s and beyond" (see his related TED Talk here). Afterwards, he will discuss his work with science educator and author David Heil, and field questions from the audience.

NeuroFutures Conference attendees are encouraged to join this public lecture and moderated discussion.

Why NeuroFutures?

Problem: One in four U.S. adults suffer from a diagnosable neurological disorder and a quarter of these are seriously disabled as a result. These patients endure immense physical and emotional suffering, and their family members and caregivers bear a heavy emotional and financial burden. From a scientific standpoint, the human brain is the most sophisticated computing system in the known universe, and we are only starting to understand how it works.

Opportunity: We are at the cusp of a revolution in medical technology that will transform our understanding of neural systems and enable life-changing medical treatments. We believe critical breakthroughs will come from the intersection of several fields:  Neuroimaging and brain mapping are revealing the location and function of neural circuits that allow us to move, see, hear, think, and carry out other functions. Neuroscience advances are revealing the biology underlying healthy and disease states and helping us better distinguish between them. Neuromodulation is providing ways to stimulate the nervous system to treat certain neurological diseases. Recent advances illustrate the promise of neurotechnologies: New medical devices have been able to restore hearing to deaf children via cochlear implants, restore vision to a blind person via retinal prostheses, control tremors in Parkinson’s patients via deep brain stimulation, and reduce the frequency and impact of epileptic seizures via neural stimulation. How can we extend these successes to stroke, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other diseases? Researchers in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe are making progress, but more is needed.

Plan: To accelerate the pace and impact of innovation we will bring together neurotechnology thought leaders from different disciplines to exchange ideas and forge collaborations at the two-day NeuroFutures Conference on June 17 and 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. We will highlight people and resources in the Northwest that position the region to play a leading role in our NeuroFuture. We will also engage the public to discuss the medical, ethical, social, technological, and economic implications of these innovations at the NeuroFutures public lecture on the evening of June 16, 2014 in Seattle. We have assembled a stellar set of speakers for these two events and are recruiting more.

Confirmed speakers include:

Richard Andersen, Human brain computer interface, California Institute of Technology
Kim Burchiel, Clinical applications of deep brain stimulation, Oregon Health & Science University
Richard Buxton, Functional magnetic resonance imaging, University of California San Diego
Tim Denison, Closed-loop deep brain stimulation, Neuromodulation, Medtronic
Adrienne Fairhall, Computational analysis of neural adaptation, University of Washington
Eberhard Fetz, Applications of bi-directional brain-computer interfaces, University of Washington
Craig Forest, High-throughput neurotechnologies, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tom Grabowski, Functional connectivity via resting state fMRI in humans, University of Washington
Ryder Gwinn, Closed loop responsive neurostimulation for epilepsy, Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Magali Haas, Computational analysis of shared neural data sets, Orion Bionetworks
Julie Harris, The Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Mike Hawrylycz, Canonical genetic signatures of the adult human brain, Allen Institute for Brain Science
John Henson, NeuroNEXT clinical trials initiative, Swedish Medical Center
Brian Kopell, Neuromodulation therapy presents a challenge to traditional neuropsychiatric diagnosis, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Chris Kroenke, Cortical cytoarchitecture revealed from diffusion based MRI, Oregon Health and Science University
Ed Lein, Mapping the human transcriptome, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Andres Lozano, Deep brain stimulation opportunities, University of Toronto
Chet Moritz, Cortical-spinal neuroprosthesis, University of Washington
Milton Morris, Closed loop systems for cardiac and neurological indications, Cyberonics
David Newell, Focused ultrasound for neuromodulation, Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Jeffrey Ojemann, Electrocorticography brain-computer interfaces, University of Washington
Hanchuan Peng, High-throughput neuroanatomy and data mining, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Justin Sanchez, Systems-based neurotechnology for neuropsychological illnesses, DARPA

Partner organizations:
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
University of Washington
Northwest NeuroNeighborhood
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Oregon Health & Science University

As we are limited to 200 attendees, and hotel space is also limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

We hope you will join us.


The organizers:

Rad Roberts, Conference Chair, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
Dan Rizzuto, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Bill Rooney, Advanced Imaging Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University
Bobby Heagerty, Oregon Health & Science University

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