Giant Synapse Symposium 2019

Synapses to circuits

Image and 3D reconstruction of a synapse in C elegans (Janet Richmond)


The Giant Synapse Symposium 2019
Date: Friday, October 18th 2019

Time: 8:50 am - 5:15 pm
Place: University of Illinois at Chicago

Symposium registration starts at 8:30 am, pick up name tags and continental breakfast.

8:45-:8:50 Sam Young Opening remarks
8.50-9.00 Simon Alford Welcome to UIC. Overview of the location

  Session I   Lessons from giant synapses (Chair: Ian Forsythe,University of Leicester, UK)
9.00-920 George Augustine NTU-Singapore Role of complexin in neurotransmitter release: lessons from the squid giant synapse
9.20-9.40 Donatella Contini UIC The modes of synaptic transmission between Type I hair cells and calyx afferents in the vestibular system
9.40-10.00 Anis Contractor Northwestern Kainate Receptors at Mossy Fiber Synapses
10.00-10.15 Cristina Roman-Vendrell MBL Short talk: Effects of human-derived α-synuclein on synaptic vesicle trafficking

10.15-10.40 coffee break
  Session II   Synaptic transmission & plasticity (Chair: Ruth Anne Eatock, University of Chicago)
10:40-11:00 Kate O-Conner Giles Brown Regulation of presynaptic organization for distinct neurotransmitter release properties
11:00-11:20 Yuki Goda Riken Regulating synaptic strength distribution across dendrites: asymmetric roles for pre and postsynaptic neurons
11:20-11:40 Tim Ryan Cornell Metabolic control and metabolic vulnerability of nerve terminals
11:40-12:00 Liang-Wei Gong UIC Roles of TRP channels in endocytosis

12.00-1.00 Lunch
  Session III   Synaptic organization and remodeling (Chair: Jennifer Morgan Marine Biological Laboratory)
1.00-1.20 Tom Blanpied Maryland Determinants of synaptic nanostructure-function relationship
1.20-1.40 Mei Zhen Toronto Developmental synaptic remodeling: a descriptive study
1.40-2.00 Alison Barth CMU Quantitative synapse analysis and early circuit changes in animal models of Alzheimer's disease
2.00-2.20 Osvaldo Uchitel IFIBYNE Buenos Aires Protons and Acid Sensing Ion Channels (ASICs) role in synaptic transmission

2.20-2.35 coffee break
  Session IV   Sensory Synapses & Circuits (Chair: Amy Yi-Mei Yang, University of Minnesota-Duluth)
2.35-2.55 Noa Lipstein MPI-EM Calcium- and phospholipid-dependent regulation of synaptic vesicle replenishment kinetics
2.55-3.15 Chinfei Chen Harvard Integration of Visual Information at a Thalamic Synapse
3.15-3.35 Jeff Diamond NIH A novel pathway for night vision signaling in the mammalian retina
Chad Grabner MPI-BPC Short talk: The kinetics of vesicle turnover at individual mouse rod ribbon synapses

3.50-4.10 break
  Session V   Synaptic and trans-synaptic signaling (Chair: Janet Richmond, University of Illinois at Chicago)
4.10-4.30 Heidi Hamm Vanderbilt Regulation of Synaptic Transmission by inhibitory GPCRs and Gbg subunits:   Mechanisms and Complexity
4.30-4.50 Dion Dickman USC Synapse-specific induction mechanisms controlling retrograde homeostatic signaling
4.50-5.10 Christian Rosenmund Charité Berlin The RIM/RBP complex is an active zone and transsynaptic superorganizer

5.10-5.20 Lu-Yang Wang Closing remarks

The Session Chairs

Ian Forsythe
Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of Leicester    

Ruth Anne Eatock
Professor, Department Neurobiology, University of Chicago

Janet Richmond
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago

Yi-Mei Yang
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences University of Minnesota-Duluth

Jennifer Morgan
Associate Scientist, Director - Bell Center, Marine Biological Laboratory
Registration is FREE, but all attendees must register

Dinner: A contribution is requested of $35 per attendee. Payment can be made by PayPal to: PayPal.Me/GiantSynapse

Because of the number of participants this year dinner will be an informal gathering. It will be held in a meeting space in the JeffJack building at the corner of Jefferson and Jackson in West loop Chicago.

The address is: 601 W. Jackson St Chicago IL.

This symposium is generously sponsored by: