Thursday, November 13, 2014

10:00 am Registration opens
10 am – 12 pm Poster Set-up
1:00 – 1:05 pm Welcome Remarks
1:05 – 1:40 pm Keynote Talk: Innovative Neurotechnologies for Brain Research: Directions at the NSF Engineering Directorate
Pramod P. Khargonekar, PhD
Assistant Director for the Directorate of Engineering
National Science Foundation
1:40 – 4:10 pm Session O1: Mapping Neural Circuits: Micro and Macro
Session Moderators:
Edmund Talley, PhD, Program Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
Bin He, PhD, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
1:40 – 2:00 pm Towards a Comprehensive Atlas of the Mechanisms of Brain Computation
Ed Boyden, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Co-Director, Center for Neurobiological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2:00 – 2:20 pm Neuron-resolution Interrogation of Whole-brain Function in Behaving Zebrafish
Misha B. Ahrens, PhD
Group Leader
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2:20 – 2:40 pm fMRI Grand Challenges: Fidelity, Precision, Interpretation, Application (Slides)
Peter A. Bandettini, PhD
Chief, Section on Functional Imaging Methods
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
Editor-in-Chief, NeuroImage
2:40 – 3:00 pm Diffusion MRI of the Human Connectome and the Natural Coordinate System of the Brain
Van Wedeen, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Director of Connectomics, MGH/HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
3:00 – 3:20 pm Coffee Break
3:20 – 4:15 pm Panel Discussion – Mapping Neural Circuits
4:15 – 4:50 pm Keynote Talk: NIH BRAIN – Challenges and Opportunities
Thomas Insel, MD
Director, National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
5:00 – 8:00 pm Poster Session and Young Investigator Award Competition
6:30 – 8:00 pm Reception

Friday, November 14, 2014

8:30 – 10:20 am Session O2: Understanding Functional Neural Dynamics
Session Moderators:
Jose C. Principe, PhD, Distinguished Professor and BellSouth Professor, University of Florida
Paul Sajda, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University; Editor-in-Chief, IEEE TNSRE
8:30 – 8:50 am Theory, Modeling, Computation and Statistics in the BRAIN Initiative
Terrence J. Sejnowski, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Professor and Co-Director, Institute for Neural Computation, University of California San Diego
Member, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine
8:50 – 9:10 am Exploring Brain Dynamics with In Vitro Neuronal Networks (Slides)
Bruce Wheeler, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Florida
President, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
9:10 – 9:30 am Mapping and Decoding the Brain Dynamics In Vivo
Bin He, Ph.D.
Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine
Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine and Center for Neuroengineering
University of Minnesota
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
9:30 – 10:20 am Panel Discussion – Understanding Functional Neural Dynamics
10:20-10:40 am Coffee Break
10:40 – 12:20 pm Session O3: Funding and Translation in BRAIN Initiative
Session Moderators:
Athanassios Sambanis, PhD, Program Director of Biomedical Engineering, National Science Foundation
Bin He, PhD, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota


Sohi Rastegar, PhD
Senior Advisor and Director of Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation, Directorate of Engineering
National Science Foundation

Kip Ludwig, PhD
Program Director of Neural Engineering, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Justin Sanchez, PhD
Program Manager

Carlos Peña, PhD
Director, Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices
Center for Devices and Radiological Health

12:20 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:30 pm Session O4: Controlling Neural Circuits and Restoring Functions
Session Moderators:
P. Hunter Peckham, PhD, Donnell Institute Professor and Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Nitish Thakor, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
1:30 – 1:50 pm The Age of Brain-Actuating Technology is Here
Miguel A. Nicolelis, PhD
Duke School of Medicine Professor in Neurosciences
Co-Director, Center for Neuroengineering
Duke University
1:50 – 2:10 pm Characterizing and Modulating Brain Networks with Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Science
Harvard Medical School
Director, Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2:10 – 2:30 pm Neuromodulation of White Matter Tracts to Control Abnormal Neural Excitability
Dominique Durand, PhD
EL Lindseth Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Neural Engineering Center
Case Western Reserve University
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Neural Engineering
2:30 – 2:50 pm Brain-machine Interfaces Beyond Neuroprosthetics
Karen Moxon, PhD
Professor and Associate Director for Research
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Drexel University
2:50 – 3:10 pm The Challenge of “Reverse Engineering” Brain Disorders: a Perspective from the Neuromodulation Experience
Tim Denison PhD
Technical Fellow and Sr. Director
Medtronic, Inc.
3:10 – 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Panel Discussion – Controlling Neural Circuits and Restoring Functions
4:30 – 5:00 pm Young Investigator Award Announcement