From: NIH Neuroscience Seminar Series Announcements
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Subject: NIH Neuroscience Seminar Series: September 13, 2004 - May 23,
You are invited to attend the next NIH Neuroscience Series lecture on
January 24, 2005 at noon in the Lipsett Amphitheater of the NIH Clinical
Center, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD.
MATTEO CARANDINI, PH.D., Scientist, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research
Institute will present his seminar on "Unsuspected Roles of Firing
Threshold in Visual Cortex."
Dr. Carandini's main interest is the early visual system and how it does
what it does. In particular, his work focuses on the lateral geniculate
neurons (LGN) and the primary visual cortex (V1). These are the two
brain structures that connect the eyes to the portion of cerebral cortex
that deals with vision. He explores how LGN and V1 are wired up and
seeks simple mathematical expressions to describe their output. His work
combines both intracellular and extracellular recording, in addition to
computational modeling, aiming towards a complete and quantitative
description of exactly how the cerebral cortex achieves it signaling
M Carandini (2004) Amplification of trial-to-trial response variability
by neurons in visual cortex PLoS Biology, 2(9): e264.
N Priebe, F Mechler, M Carandini, D Ferster (2004) The contribution of
the firing threshold to the dichotomy between V1 simple and complex
cells Nature Neuroscience, 7:1113-1122.
M Carandini, F Sengpiel (2004) Contrast invariance of functional maps in
cat primary visual cortex J of Vision, 4: 130-143.
M Carandini, DJ Heeger, W Senn, (2002) A synaptic explanation of
suppression in visual cortex. J Neurosci, 22:10053-10065.
V Bonin, V Mante, M Carandini (2004 ) "Nonlinear processing in LGN
neurons In Advances" in Neural Information Processing Systems 16 (Thrun
S, Saul L, Schölkopf B, eds). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
M Carandini (2004) "Receptive fields and suppressive fields in the
early visual system" in The Cognitive Neurosciences, 3rd Edition (MS
Gazzaniga, ed). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Educational Objective of this seminar series to identify recent and
ongoing advances in basic and clinical neuroscience research.
Target Audience: Neurologists, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists,
basic and clinical researchers and health care providers.
Reasonable Accommodations: If you require reasonable accommodations to
participate in this activity, please contact Peggy Rollins at
301-435-2232 during business hours at least 5 business days prior to the
Accreditation: The National Institutes of Health/Foundation for
Advanced Education in the Sciences (NIH/FAES) is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide
continuing medical education for physicians.
The NIH/FAES designates this educational activity for a maximum of 25
category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each
physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in
For more information see our website - http://neuroseries.info.nih.gov
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