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Brain Connectivity Workshop.

Cambridge, England

May 1 - 3, 2003

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Background :

Brain function is dependent on changes in connectivity between individual neurons to neuronal populations. Functionally specialised regions of cortex share their information within local and global networks. Integration of information is therefore a dynamic process. From investigations into the physical connections between neuronal structures and measuring brain activity in vivo, concepts of anatomical and functioning connectivity have been useful in understanding the brain plasticity. Discussion of these mechanisms was the motivation for a multi-disciplinary workshop on "Functional Brain Connectivity" organized by Rolf Kotter and Karl Friston in April 2002 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Following the workshop's success, another will be held in May 2003 in Cambridge, England, to continue the discussion.

Aims :

The aim of the meeting is to bring together experts in computational neuroscience, neuroimaging methodology and experimental neuroscience with a special interest in dynamic modeling of neurophysiological data (including human and animal studies). The focus of the workshop will be current and future methodological developments focused on measuring dynamic interactions and their relation to information processing within the brain from experimental techniques including, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Electro and Magnetoencephalography (EEG and MEG), single and multi-cell recordings. Central issues to be covered will include:

Workshop programme :

Twenty international experts have been convened to discuss these issues with a small but active audience of about 50 people. The workshop is scheduled to provide abundant opportunities for audience participation and cross-fertilisation of ideas between diverse, relevant disciplines. Each speaker will be asked to present the key questions or concepts, as they see them, using a minimum of audiovisual apparatus. Presentations will be limited to a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes to give ample opportunity for discussion. The talks and discussions will later be summarised in a series of articles for a special issue of the new journal, Neuroinformatics.

Contributors :

How to apply ?

No more places available

Program details :

The workshop will commence on Thursday morning, 1 May, and conclude on Saturday afternoon, 3 May 2003.
Abstracts and presentations can be found here.

Location and Directions :

The workshop will take place at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge CB2 2EF. Cambridge can be reached by public transportation:

How to find the MRC Unit

The MRC Unit is about a mile from the railway station. You can take a taxi, or if you prefer, walk down the length of Station Road. It ends at a T-junction with traffic lights. Turn left, onto Hills Rd, and walk towards the traffic lights at the railway bridge. Turn right at this point, along Brooklands Avenue, and walk to the end, a cross-roads with traffic lights. Chaucer Road is the opposite road, and no. 15 is on the left-hand side, 3/4 of the way down. Please note there is no car parking facility at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

Accommodation :

Please make your own arrangements for accommodation during the workshop, bearing in mind that we will be starting at 9am on Thursday 1st May. The MRC Unit can easily be reached on foot from these hotels:

Antony's Bed & Breakfast
E. & M. Antony
4 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HH
Tel: 01223 357444

Tenison Towers
148, Tenison Towers, Cambridge, CB1 2DP
Tel: 01223 363924
Fax: 01223 411093

Station Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2TZ
Phone: +44 (0)1223 304050
Fax: +44 (0)1223 357286

Assisi Guest House
I. Verrecchia 193, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7BX
Tel: 01223 246648
Fax: 01223 412900

Mrs. D.K. Beckett 15 St. Pauls Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EZ
Tel: 01223 315832

Benson House
24 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HH
Tel: 01223 311594
Fax: 01223 311594
Mobile: 07702 387859

You can also visit for further information about hotels in Cambridge.

Costs and registration :

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. However, there is a charge of 70 (sterling) to cover administration and catering costs (refreshments will be provided during coffee breaks and lunch on Thursday and Friday). This amount is not refundable after acceptance of your registration, though it is transferable at no extra cost.

If your application is successful, we will send you details of where to transfer the registration fee. Please transfer this amount within 1 week, otherwise the registration will be cancelled. Registration will be confirmed after receipt of payment (see below).

Applications will be accepted from 1st March until 1st April 2003.

On-site registration will not be accepted.

Complete registration requires both the web site registration and the remittance of 70. We will notify you by e-mail when your registration is complete.

Acknowledgements :

This workshop is supported by: