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Coordinating Global Brain Projects
Monday, September 19, 2016 | 8:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Caspary Auditorium at The Rockefeller University
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The goal of this meeting is to promote collaboration and cooperation in the emerging large-scale international brain projects, as part of NSF support for the U.S. BRAIN Initiative. The speakers are scientists and administrators who represent public and private projects around the world.


Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior
Director, Kavli Neural Systems Institute
The Rockefeller University

Rafael Yuste, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience
Director, NeuroTechnology Center
Co-director, Kavli Institute of Brain Science
Columbia University

Monday, September 19, 2016

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Cori Bargmann and Rafael Yuste
8:35 - 8:50 a.m. Introduction and Goals
France A. Córdova, Ph.D.
Director, National Science Foundation
Robert W. Conn, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Kavli Foundation
Thomas A. Kalil
Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
8:50 - 9:10 a.m. Keynote Address
LIGO as a Success of Large-scale Science
David H. Shoemaker, Ph.D.
Director, MIT LIGO Laboratory
9:10 - 11:30 a.m. International Brain Projects
James L. Olds, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation
Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
Jason Matheny, Ph.D.
Director, The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency
Karim Berkouk, Ph.D.
Deputy Head, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Christoph Ebell
Executive Director, Human Brain Project
Katrin Amunts, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Human Brain Project
Professor, C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
Minh-hà Pham, Ph.D.
Counselor for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in the United States
Benedikt Grothe, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Division of Neurobiology, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München
Kathryn Adcock, Ph.D.
Head of Neurosciences and Mental Health, Medical Research Council UK
Ofir Akunis
Israeli Minister of Science, Technology, and Space
Yutaka Hishiyama
Senior Director, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development
Shigeo Okabe, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Cellular Neurobiology, The University of Tokyo
Kyungjin Kim, Ph.D.
President, Korea Brain Research Institute
Mu-ming Poo, Ph.D.
Director, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Anthony G. Phillips, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
B. Mario Pinto, Ph.D.
President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Anthony Murfett
Minister Counselor for Industry, Science and Education, Australian Embassy in the United States
Linda J. Richards, Ph.D.
Professor and Deputy Director, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Private Partners
Hongkui Zeng, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Structured Science, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D.
Chief Scientist and Fellow, Simons Foundation
Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Miyoung Chun, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Science Programs, The Kavli Foundation
Tobias Bonhoeffer, Ph.D.
Director, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried
Governor, The Wellcome Trust, London
Anne-Marie Engel, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Lundbeck Foundation
Inez Jabalpurwala, M.B.A.
President and CEO, Brain Canada Foundation
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Brain Behavior Research Foundation
Viren Jain, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Google
Kunal Ghosh, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inscopix
Daryl R. Kipke, Ph.D.
President, NeuroNexus
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Frontiers in Neuroscience and Neurotechnology
Cell Types:
Evan Macosko, M.D., Ph.D.
Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
Tomomi Shimogori, Ph.D.
Team Leader, Laboratory of Molecular Mechanisms of Thalamus Development, RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Animal Imaging:
Raju Tomer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
Kristin Branson, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Janelia Research Campus
Human Imaging:
Karla Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford
Surya Ganguli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Laboratory of Neural Dynamics and Computation, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University
Beth Stevens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard University
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Joint Initiatives and Common Goals
Johns Hopkins University/Kavli White Paper
Joshua T. Vogelstein, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Joint Initiatives
Peter B. Littlewood, Ph.D.
Director, Argonne National Laboratory
Michael Roukes, Ph.D.
Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Martha J. Farah, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for Neuroscience and Society, University of Pennsylvania
Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience, Duke University Medical Center
Andrea Chiba, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego
Wrap-up and Synthesis
Terrence Sejnowski, Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Laboratory of Computational Neurobiology; Francis Crick Chair,
Salk Institute for Biomedical Studies
Sten Grillner, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Establishment of a Global Brain Initiative
Moderated by Cori Bargmann and Rafael Yuste
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Live Broadcast from the United Nations Headquarters:
Dialogue on Brain Science and Launch of an International Brain Station

Hosted by the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with The Global Partnerships Forum, The Kavli Foundation, and the U.S. National Science Foundation
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by The Kavli Foundation
Open to all attendees
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All events listed above will take place at
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York City

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For guests traveling from out of town
Please note the University is unable to provide on-campus housing for event attendees.
The hotels listed below are located in the neighborhood:

The Bentley Hotel
500 East 62nd Street (at York Avenue)
New York, NY 10065
Affinia Gardens
215 East 64th Street (bet. 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

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Lindsey Cole
Associate Director, Academic Programs
The Rockefeller University
Reka Letso
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Columbia University
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