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Neural information and coding workshop 1999

March 6-March 9, 1999

Big Sky, Montana


To bring together experimental and theoretical neuroscientists for a small (~60 people) intensive three day workshop similar to the one held in previous years at Jackson Hole (NIC96) and Snowbird ( NIC97). The emphasis will be on how new experimental and theoretical approaches can be combined to better understand neural coding. Topics include information theoretic approaches; experimental approaches to understanding population coding (e.g. multi electrode recording); plasticity; and the possible importance of timing in neural transmission. Systems will range from invertebrates to monkeys.


The format is the same as last year: morning sessions from 8-12, ski break to 5 pm (non-skiers work or chat during this time), sessions from 6:30-9. Talks will be 40 minutes each, with 15 minutes for questions (by keeping the group small, we hope to encourage lively debates). There will also be one evening poster session.


Sheila Nirenberg (UCLA)
Peter Latham (UCLA)
Bill Bialek (NEC)
Christof Koch (Caltech)
Markus Meister (Harvard)
Chuck Stevens (Salk)
Tony Zador (Salk)


Big Sky, Montana.


From Saturday March 6 (6 pm dinner, followed by an evening session) to Tuesday (all day, including evening until 9 pm), March 9, 1999. There will be no sessions on Wednesday.


This workshop is by invitation only. Everyone invited is encouraged to present a poster. If you plan to present a poster, please send an abstract or one page summary by Feb. 1, 1999. If you are interested in presenting orally, please let me know as soon as possible, and include a title and an abstract. Abstracts from both the oral and poster presentations will be published on this web site. As in previous years, oral presentations with a strong experimental component will be given preference. To minimize overlap, people who did not give an oral presentation last year will be given preference this year.



Note: The meeting is at about 7500 ft above sea level, and some people (including those in good physical condition) experience mild to moderate altitude sickness for the first few days. The prescription diuretic acetazolamide (Diamox) taken several days prior to arrival can prevent some of the symptoms. Bring the following paper to your physician: "High altitude sickness", Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, 1992 Sep 4, 34(878):84-6.

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