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Large-Scale Imaging and Brain Mapping Are Topics of Olympus Symposium at Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., November 9, 2010 ¡V Advances in imaging technology are providing researchers with images that, for the first time, are large and detailed enough to create maps of human organs that clearly show their complex circuitry and the interconnectedness of cells in three dimensions. In conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Olympus is hosting a major symposium focused on large-scale imaging, its challenges and importance to understanding the brain and other organs. ¡§Paradigm Shift: How large-scale imaging technologies are changing the game in neurobiology and other fields¡¨ will have some of the world¡¦s most respected authorities in brain mapping and large-scale imaging as speakers and moderator. The event will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Sapphire Ballrooms C and D), adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center on Monday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The symposium is open to all media and SfN registered attendees; refreshments will be served.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Dr. Jacopo Annese, University of California, San Diego
  • Dr. Hongwei Dong, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Steve Fisher, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Dr. Harvey Karten, University of California, San Diego
  • Dr. Bruce McNaughton, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Science, University of Lethbridge
  • Dr. Partha Mitra, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York

Although scientists know a considerable amount about the brain¡¦s anatomy, surprisingly little is understood about the actual mechanisms of thought and emotion. Recently, the National Institutes of Health and its National Institute of Mental Health funded extensive research through the Human Brain Project and Connectome efforts, and today, scientists are mapping the intricate connectivity of the brain in the hopes of better understanding how we think. But digital images with this much detail are difficult to capture and even harder to assemble and interpret. The symposium will focus on the broader meaning of large-data-set images for the future of science and particular challenges and issues to be overcome. In addition to several presentations and a roundtable discussion, the symposium will offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions.

Olympus has a long history of supporting researchers with education and professional development. For more information on the symposium, visit www.olympusamerica.com/Neuro2010?To register for the SfN meeting itself, visit www.sfn.org. Media members may call Vincent Park at (914) 523-4777 to secure a seat in the Press area during the symposium.

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