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The 2nd FRIS-TFC JOINT Symposium: Unlocking the Brain- From Engineering Approaches


Brain defines who we are. It is the most complicated system in the universe, the function of which is so delicately performed via each individual neuron and glial cell. Endeavors from generations of enthusiastic neuroscientists have been dedicated to peek into brains, in order to figure out detailed mechanisms underlying their function. Unraveling such mysteries will not be possible if mere biological approach is adopted. We encourage interdisciplinary effort, across chemistry, physics, material sciences, electronics or engineering at large, work together to untangle such long-standing mysteries. Taking together, this symposium aims to bring people from different fields who endeavor to unlock the brain.

Date: Monday, January 21, 2019, 14:00 – 20:00
Venue: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [Access]

Organized by
・Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University (FRIS)
・Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Organization for Research Promotion (TFC)
Co-organized by
・Career Development Project for Researchers of Allied Universities (FoXFoRD)
・Division for Interdisciplinary Advanced Research and Education (DIARE)
Polina Anikeeva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT)
Haruhiko Bito (University of Tokyo)
Ritchie Chen (Stanford University)
Ko Matsui (Tohoku University)
Norio Takada (Keio University)

Time Schedule  [Jan. 16, 2019 Updated]

13:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 14:10
Welcome remark
Hajime Mushiake (Tohoku University)
Session 1
14:10 – 14:50
Ritchie Chen (Stanford University)
Profiling molecular, structural, and functional features within intact biological systems
14:50 – 15:30
Norio Takada (Keio University)
Optogenetic fMRI for the investigation of physiological basis of BOLD signal generation
15:30 – 16:10
Ko Matsui (Tohoku University)
Multimodal expressions and the control of brain information
16:10 – 16:30
Coffee Break
Session 2 (keynote lectures)
16:30 – 17:20
Haruhiko Bito (University of Tokyo)
Rational engineering of novel optical sensors to spy on neuronal synapse-to-nucleus signaling
17:20 – 18:10
Polina Anikeeva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT)
Electronic, optical, and magnetic tools to study the nervous system
18:10 – 18:20
Closing remark
Toshiyuki Hayase (Tohoku University)
18:30 – 20:00
Social gathering



Seminar: Free of Charge
Social Gathering: 1,000 JPY (free of charge for students)

Poster  [Dec. 28, 2018 Updated]

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