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SD BRAIN Consortium Symposium: Neurotechnology Research in San Diego

By Center for Brain Activity Mapping, UC San Diego

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Date and time

Saturday, September 19, 2015 · 9am - 4:30pm PDT


Roth Auditorium, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive La Jolla, CA 92037


The San Diego BRAIN Consortium invites you to
 its first regional symposium on: Neurotechnology Research in San Diego

Highlighting cutting edge research in our region related to the BRAIN Initiative.

Topics will include new developments in wireless devices, nanotechnology, optogenetics, imaging, and genetic tools.



Welcoming Remarks – Ralph Greenspan, UCSD

9:10 – 9:30

Martin Cooper, Dyna LLC – “Innovation and Passion”

9:30 – 10:05

Kee Moon/Yusuf Ozturk, SDSU – “A Wireless Implantable Bidirectional Brain Computer Interface for Cortical and Spinal Plasticity”

10:05 – 10:40

Sadik Esener, UCSD - "Novel Optical Nanoptrobes for Brain Mapping"

10:40 – 10:55


10:55 – 11:30

Anne Bang, SBPDI – “Utilizing hiPSC-Derived Differentiated Cells for High-Throughput Drug Screening"

11:30 – 12:05

Candice Contet and Olivier George, TSRI –

“Genetic Tools to Study Proteins, Neuronal Ensembles and Circuits in Addiction”

12:05 – 12:40

Eric Ahrens, SCRM – "Emerging Technologies for Cellular-Molecular MRI"

12:40 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:05

Gert Cauwenberghs, UCSD – “Silicon Integrated High-Density Neural Interfaces"

2:05 – 2:40

Jiang Zhu, TSRI – “Structural engineering and Rational Design of Optogenetic Channels”

2:40 – 2:55


2:55 – 3:30

Michael Heller, UCSD – “Rapid Isolation and Detection of Brain Related DNA/RNA/Exosome Biomarkers for Brain Tumors, TBI and Other Pathologies”

3:30 – 4:05

Shadi Dayeh, UCSD – “Probing Greater Details in Brain Activity with Smaller Nanowire Probes”

Join us in welcoming the esteemed Martin Cooper as a special guest speaker for the Symposium! Martin Cooper is a pioneer in the wireless communications industry; an inventor, entrepreneur and futurist. He has been a contributor to the technology of personal wireless communications for over 50 years. He conceived the first portable cellular phone in 1973. Cooper knew then that people needed the freedom that comes from anywhere, anytime telephony in contrast to being tethered to a desk or a car. He has been referred to as the ‘father’ of portable cellular telephony and is recognized as an innovator in spectrum management.


Register above to attend the Symposium. Lunch will be provided and is included with the free ticket. Please contact the organizers if you need to update or cancel your registration.


Parking is free in the West Parking Lot on weekends. In order to avoid parking charges, please park only in the West Parking Lot. Any guests who park in the East Lot will be responsible for any parking charges. The address of the venue is 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
, La Jolla, CA 92037.


Sponsored by the San Diego BRAIN Consortium, the Center for Brain Activity Mapping of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UCSD, and Cal-BRAIN

About the organizer

"Our ultimate goal is no less than a full understanding of the global network activity of the brain."

- Dr. Ralph Greenspan, Director, CBAM

Achieving this goal requires that we develop the capability of monitoring real-time activity in the brain in a comprehensive way, a project that cannot succeed without integrating neuroscience with engineering. Our Center will provide the framework for this program of integration by catalyzing and supporting joint projects for research and training.

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