Functional Connectomics: Toward New Nanotechnology-Based Tools for Massively-Parallel Mapping of Brain Activity

  • Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
  • Time: 3:45 pm (Coffee and cookies at 3:30 pm)
  • Location: University of Alberta CCIS 1 – 430

In 2011, six U.S. scientists from different disciplines banded together, outlined a vision, and managed to convince the Obama administration of the unprecedented opportunity that now exists to launch a coordinated, large-scale effort to map brain activity. This culminated in the U.S. BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), which was launched in 2013. Our perspective was predicated, in part, on the current level of maturity of diverse fields of nanotechnology that can now be coalesced to realize powerful new tools for neuroscience. I will outline some of the hopes we had and the assertions we made, survey the existing technological landscape for massively parallel mapping of brain activity, and then focus upon our own collaborative efforts toward these goals. I will highlight opportunities in the new field of integrated neurophotonics for realizing this vision – one that leverages advances in integrated nanophotonics, optical reporters and effectors for neural recording and stimulation, and recent developments in multisite neural nanoprobes based on silicon large-scale integration.

Everyone is welcome but seating is limited!


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