"Calcium Signals in Sensory Processing"
Göttingen, May 7th to 8th, 2010.

Scope of the meeting:
Cellular calcium changes are key signals for sensory signal processing - from the transduction and encoding of stimuli to central nervous representations and information storage. Accordingly, a unique set of supramolecular machineries has evolved to regulate the entry, buffering and clearance of calcium as well as to execute the appropriate effector mechanisms of sensory cells and higher-order neurons. While some of these mechanisms are more widely used in the organism, others represent cellular adaptations for specific sensory tasks.

In this symposium a interdisciplinary group of scientists will discuss recent progress in our understanding of
. Calcium permeable ion channels in sensory function
. Spatiotemporal properties of cellular calcium signals and their determinants
. Calcium regulation of sensory processing: from transduction to coding
to representation and information storage in the CNS.
The program will cover cross-modal and cross-species perspectives of generalized and specialized principles, with topics ranging from molecular structure-function analysis to network function and behaviour. Taking this integrative view, the symposium is anticipated to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.

Thomas Frank, Martin Göpfert,Jeong Seop Rhee,Tobias Moser

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