Workshop on Methods in Systems Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003

This workshop is part of the UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Conference, which focuses on Neuroengineering this year. The main goal of this workshop is to bring together neuroscience and engineering researchers to discuss modern techniques in neurotechnology.  The intended audience is students (graduate and undergraduate), postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff who have interests in learning about or implementing new technology in their neuroscience research.  In particular, we will discuss viral vector techniques, open-source strategies in electrical and optical neural monitoring and manipulation, and design of experimental tools and techniques.  In addition to hearing about the latest work in systems neuroscience and neurotechnology, time will be provided for discussion with experts about how to incorporate these techniques into your own research, so attendees should come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussion.

Free on-site Registration.

Specific goals include

  • Learn about cutting edge techniques in systems neuroscience and neurotechnology.
  • Discuss with leading figures how these techniques might be implemented in your own research.
  • Learn about opportunities for implementing these and related techniques in your work at UMass and elsewhere.

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:30 Workshop and conference registration
  • 9:00-9:45 – Ian Wickersham
  • 15 min Q&A
  • 10:00-10:45 – Jon Newman
  • 15 min Q&A
  • 11:00-11:30  Dave Follette – Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication Director, Device Characterization Director. UMass Amherst.
  • 11:30-12:00 Discussion/Research Planning


Ian Wickersham
Principal Research Scientist and Principal Investigator, Genetic Neuroengineering Group, McGovern Institute, MIT

Jon Newman
Postdoctoral Fellow with Matthew Wilson at MIT

Dave Follette
Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication Director, Device Characterization Director
Institute of Applied Life Sciences, UMass Amherst

Supported by a Mutual Mentoring Team Grant from the UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development.

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