Connecting European Neuroscience

The Necessity of Cell Types for Brain Function

7-10 October 2018: Moltkes Palæ, Copenhagen, Denmark

In spite of over a hundred years of research, neuroscientists still lack a general theory of how cortical circuits operate. This is partly due to the large complexity of cortical neuronal subtypes and their interconnectivity, which form the “impenetrable jungles where many investigators have lost themselves”, as Cajal put it.

figureIn fact, it is not even clear how many types of cortical neurons exist, and, without this “part list” it will be difficult to understand the structure and function of the cortical circuits. In the last decade, novel methods have been developed that enable the systematic sampling of the phenotypes of excitatory and inhibitory cortical neurons. These datasets may make possible the assembly of objective and quantitative classifications of cortical cell types.

                 Mouse visual cortex stained with neuronal markers (neu, green) and parvalbumin-positive interneuron (PARV, red).                                                                        Picture copyright: courtesy of Yuste Lab, Columbia University

In this meeting we will review recent results from molecular, anatomical and functional mapping of cortical neurons, as well as computational methods to quantitatively define cell types and classify them. We will address and aim for a tangible consensus output for three questions: 1 - What is a cortical cell type? 2 - What are the basic cortical cell types? 3 - How should they be named?

Note: The poster board dimensions for the scheduled Poster Sessions are of 1 meter wide and 2 meters high (portrait format).

- Downolad the Programme


          Ed   Rafa

Ed Lein

  Rafael Yuste
  Allen Institute for Brain Research
  Columbia University in the City of New York

 Venue: Moltkes Palae, Copenhagen, Denmark  


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The Brain Conferences are intimate-scale meetings focused on current topics in neuroscience. Two conferences per year are organised by FENS in collaboration with Lundbeck Foundation, the awarder of The Brain Prize.