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Chen Institute Retreat 2018

Chen Institute Retreat 2018

The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech, founded in December 2016 with the generous support of philanthropists Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo, hosted its first annual Chen Institute Retreat on February 23 - 25, 2018 at the beautiful Bahia Resort on Mission Bay in San Diego. The retreat brought together the Caltech neuroscience community with a mix of scientific talks and social activities.

Attendees at the retreat included 6 Chen Graduate Fellows, 15 first-year graduate students, 30 faculty, 41 graduate students, 38 postdocs and 10 scientific staff members. All students (year 2 and above), postdocs and scientific staff attending the retreat presented a poster during the opening night poster session.


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Friday, 23 February
4:00 PM Hotel Check-in Begins
6:00 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Welcome
David Anderson
7:00 PM Yuki Oka
7:30 PM Viviana Gradinaru
Gene Delivery Across the Blood-Brain-Barrier, Tissue Clearing and Optogenetics to Understand and Influence Physiology and Behavior
8:00 PM Poster Session
Beer and Wine Social
10:00 PM End of day 1
Saturday, 24 February
7:45 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Kick-Off
David Anderson
8:50 AM Director's Grant Recipient
Frederick Eberhardt
Causal Discovery Algorithms for Neuroimaging Data
9:10 AM Director's Grant Recipient
Lior Pachter
Tensor-Based Modeling of Nervous System Development Using Multiplexed Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing
9:30 AM Director's Grant Recipient
Henry Lester
9:50 AM BMI Grant Recipient
Markus Meister
Electrode Pooling: A New Approach to Acquisition of Neural Recordings
10:10 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Systems Neuro Grant Recipient
Joe Parker
Neural Architecture of Symbioses
11:20 AM SDN Grant Recipient
Dean Mobbs
Ethological Approaches to the Study of Fear
11:40 AM SDN Grant Recipient
Ralph Adolphs
Using Reinforcement-Learning as a Window into Between-Subject Variability in the Neural Computations Underlying Psychiatric Dysfunction
12:00 PM SDN Grant Recipient
Daw-An Wu
Human Intention and Agency:  A Neuroscience and Philosophy Collaboration
12:20 PM Lunch
1:50 PM Doris Tsao
The Neural Code for Visual Objects
2:20 PM Richard Andersen
Brain Machine Interfaces
2:50 PM Linda Hsieh-Wilson
3:20 PM Ann Kennedy
Hypothalamic Representations of Internal State and Behavior
3:50 PM Free time - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Cocktail Hour, on Sternwheeler
Wiliam D Evans Sternwheeler is docked on Mission Bay, and is item #10 on the resort map. Must board the boat by 7:45 PM for the dinner cruise. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres begin at 7:00 PM.
8:00 PM Dinner Cruise around Mission Bay
Board Boat by 7:45 PM
9:30 PM Return to Dock
10:00 PM End of day 2
Sunday, 25 February
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM BMI Grant Recipient
Azita Emami
On-Chip Machine Learning Algorithms For Closed-Loop Brain-Machine Interfaces
9:05 AM BMI Grant Recipient
Joel Burdick
Joint Cortical and Spinal Plasticity During Spinally Stimulated Recovery of Voluntary Control in Severe SCI
9:25 AM Systems Neuro Grant Recipient
Matt Thomson
9:45 AM David Prober
Evolutionarily Conserved Regulation of Sleep
10:15 AM Carlos Lois
Information Flow Through Brain Circuits
10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM Yisong Yue
Machine Learning Research Vignettes
12:00 PM Michael Roukes
Next-Gen Neurotech
12:30 PM Colin Camerer
Computational Decision Neuroscience in Artificial Financial Trading
1:00 PM Farewell Lunch
2:30 PM End of day 3
Safe travels home!