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Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light

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Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light


A Public Luncheon Briefing

Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Through the Support of the Dana Foundation

In Conjunction with Rep. Chaka Fattah

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

12:00-1:30 p.m.

2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room)

Highlighted as one of the “big ideas” of the past decade by the journal Science, optogenetics involves the use of light to control neurons, and it has opened up a realm of possibilities for better understanding the brain. How are scientists using this exciting technology? Come and find out.



-Edward Boyden, PhD, Leader, Synthetic Neurobiology Group; Associate Professor and AT&T Chair, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences; and Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-Brian Chow, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania

-Dayu Lin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the NYU Langone Medical Center

-Remarks: The Honorable Chaka Fattah

-Moderator: Erin Heath, AAAS


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AAAS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Since it was founded in 1848, AAAS has been dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge for the good of society as a whole.

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants and educates the public about the successes and potential of brain research.