THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCES
Thursday, March 18th, 10:45 a.m.
PHYSICS AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM (Session V10 and Talk P10.9)
Session V10 will focus on the nervous system and the dynamics of neurons, the cells in the body behind everything from mental processes to motor activity. The session features both basic studies on the activity, control, and dynamics of firing neurons as well as research aimed at mimicking, altering, or controlling neuronal activity.
SPEAKERS: In Session V10, Eshel Ben-Jacob (Tel Aviv University) will describe a new technology for interfacing with neurons -- a "brain chip" that he and his colleagues hope will help to control epileptic seizures, much as a pacemaker regulates the beating of a heart. J. Leo van Hemmen (TU Muenchen in Germany) will describe an underwater robot with a navigation system based on the "lateral line" nerve detectors that blind cave fish use to find their way through murky waters. Rhonda Dzakpasu (Georgetown University) will discuss the balance between excitation and inhibition in cultured neurons, which is essential for normal brain function and may lead to neurological disorders when disrupted. In Session P10, Andrew Leifer (Harvard University) will show the latest results to come from working with genetically altered worms whose movements can be remotely controlled with light.
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