July 1 - 4, 2014. Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete.

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Spotlight on molecules, structure, and function

Dendrites are thin processes extending from the cell bodies of multiple neuron types. Since the majority of synaptic connections take place on dendrites, they provide the primary substrate for inter-neuronal communication. In addition to their role as conducting cables, the dendrites of many neuron types contain a rich repertoire of ionic mechanisms that allow them to perform all sorts of nonlinear computations. As a result, dendrites have been suggested to play a key role in information processing in brain and may even serve as independent processing units. This Workshop brings together scientific leaders from around the world to present their work on molecular, biophysical, anatomical and/or functional studies in dendrites, aiming to further our understanding of how these beautiful structures contribute to different brain functions.

With the backdrop of an informal yet spectacular setting on the Greek island of Crete, the meeting has been carefully planned to not only satisfy our scientific curiosity but also foster discussion and encourage interaction between attendees well beyond the traditional presentations. In this spirit, the workshop will also provide soft skills sessions for NAMASEN fellows and student participants.

Please note that Dendrites 2014 starts just after AREADNE 2014 - Research in Encoding And Decoding of Neural Ensembles, which takes place on the neighboring island of Santorini.


Dendrites 2014 will be hosted by FORTH, and is being organized as part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network NAMASEN and the ERC Starting Grant 225-751-7701.

  • NAMASEN is a multi-disciplinary Initial Training Network (ITN) funded under the EU FP7 Marie Curie Actions. Its ultimate mission is to lay the foundation of a virtual scientific institute for the multi-disciplinary study of Neuroengineering and Neuroscience that will train a new generation of scientists and professionals. NAMASEN holds workshops, the last one being in Sheffield on computational modeling in Neuroscience. Dendrites 2014 is organized as its 4th workshop, and will focus on dendritic processing in neurons.
  • While memory is a function that has attracted the interest of the scientific community for several years, little is known about the rules underlying memory formation in the brain. The goal of (204) 514-2943 is to characterize the role of dendrites in learning and memory processes so as to formulate a unifying theory regarding their contribution in memory formation across brain regions and abstraction levels.

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