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Chen Institute Retreat 2019

The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech hosted its second annual Chen Institute Retreat on March 29 - 31, 2019 at the picturesque UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead. The retreat brought together the Caltech neuroscience community with a mix of scientific talks and social activities.

Attendees at the retreat included 11 Chen Graduate Fellows, past and present, 14 first-year graduate students, 23 faculty, 43 graduate students second year and above, 32 postdocs and 8 scientific staff lab members. Attendees represented 24 labs across 4 academic divisions providing a diverse range of neuroscience topics. Over 50 of the graduate students (year 2 and above), postdocs and scientific staff presented a poster during one of the retreat's two poster sessions. Click here for the posters presented.

 Friday, March 29

 4:00PM

Check-in begins

 6:30PM

DINNER

 8:00PM

Richard Mooney  How Movement Modulates Hearing

 8:30PM

Poster Session with beer and wine social

 10:30PM

End of Day 1

 Saturday, March 30

 8:00AM

BREAKFAST

 9:05AM

Pietro Perona  Decisions, one spike at a time

 9:30AM

Kai Zinn  Wiring the nervous system according to Roger Sperry: how do neuronal type- specific cell surface proteins control the assembly of neural circuits?

 9:50AM

Yuki Oka  Functional interaction among appetite, satiation, and pleasure in the brain

 10:10AM

Sofia Sakellaridi  Predicting learning performance in a brain-machine interface study with a tetraplegic human

 10:30AM

BREAK

 11:15AM

Grigorios Oikonomou  Serotonergic regulation of sleep 

 11:35AM

Daniel Wagenaar  Neural activity and connectomics of motor control in the medicinal leech 

 12:00PM

LUNCH

 1:00PM

FREE TIME

 4:00PM

Mikhail Shapiro  Biomolecular Ultrasound for Neuroscience

 4:20PM

Betty Hong  Lateral information flow at the earliest stages of sensory processing

 4:40PM

Allan-Hermann Pool  Function - cell-type mapping in the mammalian thirst circuit

 5:00PM

Azita Emami  Machine Learning for Implantable BMI

 5:30PM

Poster Session with beer and wine social

 6:30PM

DINNER

 8:00PM

EVENING HIKE

 8:30PM

BONFIRE

 10:30PM

End of Day 2

Sunday, March 31

 8:00AM

BREAKFAST

 9:10AM

David Anderson  Neural mechanisms underlying persistant internal states

 9:30AM

Anat Kahan  Estrus cycle control via VIP neurons of the suprachiasmatic nucleus in female mice

 9:50AM

Paul Sternberg  Worm Neuroeconomics

 10:10AM

Caroline Charpentier Arbitration between imitation and emulation during human observational learning

 10:30AM

BREAK

 11:00AM

Cindy Hagan  Elucidating the role of anxiety and introspective signaling in anorexia nervosa

 11:20AM

Valentine Svensson  Methods for spatial transcriptomics analysis

 11:40AM

Colin Camerer  Aversion to perceived losses in the brain and in behavior

 12:00PM

FAREWELL LUNCH