Speakers & Schedule

This two-day event will start at 8 am on November 10th and conclude at 6pm on November 11th.  Light breakfast, morning break, afternoon break, and lunch meals will be provided on both days and dinner/reception on the first day for all registered participants.  There are two locations: (1) NRB, in which all talks, breaks, lunches, vendor exhibits, and registration/check-in takes place. Registration, Breaks, and talks are on the 1st floor and Lunch is on the second floor (outside). And (2) The Luskin Conference center, in which the poster session and dinner on the first day take place. Vendor exhibits will be located in NRB outside of the main auditorium till 4pm on the first day and throughout on the second day.

The program brochure summarizes the program and will be provided as a hand-out upon check in.

Day 1: Thursday, Nov 10

7:45-8:20 Check-In (light breakfast provided)

8:20-8:30 Welcome & Orientation (Ueli Rutishauser on behalf of program committee)

8:30-10:30 Session 1: Social cognition and neuromodulation  (Regular Talks). Chair: Ralph Adolphs

08:30 Ziv Williams (MGH/Harvard), "Studying social cognition in humans at cellular scale"

09:00 Eyiyemisi Damisah (Yale University), "Single neuron correlates of threat processing in humans"

09:30 Katalin Gothard (University of Arizona), "A context-dependent switch from sensing to feeling in the primate amygdala"

10:00 Sameer Sheth (Baylor College of Medicine), "Network-Minded Neuromodulation: EMU Utlilization Beyond Epilepsy"

10:30-11:00 Break  (NRB 1st floor)

11:00-12:30 Session 2: Decision making, speech, and new technology (Short Talks). Chair: Gabriel Kreiman

11:00 Arianna Neal (Mount Sinai), "Single neurons in the human substantia nigra encode social prediction errors"

11:15 Zhongzheng Fu (Cedars-Sinai), "The geometry of domain-general performance monitoring in the human medial frontal cortex "

11:30 Keundong Lee (UCSD), "Flexible, Scalable High Channel Count Stereo-Electrode for Recording in the Human Brain"

11:45 Sarah Kim Wandelt (Caltech), "Speech and internal speech decoding from populations of single neurons in a tetraplegic human"

12:00 Matteo Vissani (MGH/Harvard), "Speech-related spike-phase coupling of subthalamic neurons to the human cortex "

12:15 Jay Gill (UCLA), "Multi-Regional Single Neuron Dynamics Underlying Intertemporal Decision Making in Humans"

12:30-14:00 Lunch (NRB 2nd floor, outside tables)

14:00-16:00 Session 3: Memory (Regular Talks). Chair: Richard Andersen

14:00 Florian Mormann (University of Bonn, Germany), "Concept neurons in the medial temporal lobe as semantic building blocks of memory"

14:30 Josh Jacobs (Columbia University), "Neuronal correlates of spatial memory encoding"

15:00 Bradly Lega (UTSW), "Organization of neuronal assemblies in the human MTL"

15:30 Jan Kaminski (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Poland), "The Nature of Working Memory Buffer in Medial Temporal Lobe"

16:00-16:10 Group photo outside of NRB 2nd floor

16:10-16:20 Walk over to Luskin (program in NRB ends at 1600 on first day)

16:20-19:00 Session 4: Posters and refreshments [Location: Luskin]. See here for list of posters.

19:00-21:00 Reception/Dinner at Luskin (3rd floor outside patio)

Day 2: Friday, Nov 11

7:30-8:00 Check In (light breakfast provided)

8:00-10.00 Session 5: Executive/Decision and Visual perception (Regular Talks). Chair: Richard Andersen

8:00 Matthew Leonard (UCSF), "Single neuron encoding of speech across cortical layers of the human superior temporal gyrus"

8:30 Brett Foster (University of Pennsylvania), "Single neuron selectivity for executive and episodic processing in human dorsal posterior cingulate"

9:00 Jeffrey Schall (York U/Vanderbilt), "The neural basis of EEG indices of performance monitoring "

9:30 Biyu He (New York University), "Neural mechanisms of conscious visual perception in humans "

10:00-10:30 Break (NRB 1st floor)

10:30-12:00 Session 6: Temporal lobe function (Short talks). Chair: Ralph Adolphs

10:30 Doris E. Dijksterhuis (NIN, Netherlands), "Cells in the human medial temporal lobe are reactivated by pronouns that refer to concepts to which they are tuned"

10:45 Varun Wadia (Caltech & Cedars-Sinai), "Characterizing visual imagery at single cell resolution in human Inferotemporal cortex"

11:00 Sabrina Maoz (UCLA/Caltech), "Spatially-periodic stripe single-units identified in the human MTL and beyond during immersive virtual reality"

11:15 Jie Zheng (BCH/Harvard), "Combined rate-phase coding of human medial temporal lobe neurons at cognitive boundaries shapes episodic memory representations"

11:30 Thomas Donoghue (Columbia University), "Single neurons in the human medial temporal lobe engage in distinct aspects of different tasks"

11:45 Shuo Wang (Washington University), "Face and object coding in the human amygdala and hippocampus"

12:00-13:30 Lunch (NRB 2nd floor, outside tables)

13:30-15:30 Session 7: Brain machine interfaces / movement (Regular Talks). Chair: Gabriel Kreiman

13:30 Richard Andersen (Caltech) "Cognitive Neural Prosthetics"

14:00 Robert Gaunt (U Pitt) "Perceptual and functional effects of microstimulation in the human somatosensory cortex"

14:30 Roozebeh Kiani (NYU) "The neural code for movement kinematic and changes of ongoing movements in human subthalamic nucleus"

15.00-15.30 Special Session:  "The NIH BRAIN Initiative and Human Intracranial Neuroscience Research" (Tatiana Pasternak,  NIH/NIHNDS) 

15:30-16:00 Break (NRB 1st floor)

16:00-18:00 Session 8: New recording technology / ex-vivo (Regular Talks). Chair: Ueli Rutishauser

16:00 Angelique Paulk (MGH/Harvard) "Spike waveforms and waves in the human brain with high resolution recording technologies"

16:30 Dejan Markovic (UCLA) "Neuro-stack: a wearable clinical research system for advanced closed-loop neuromodulation"

17:00 Jennifer Gelinas (Columbia) "Translational Organic Neural Interface Devices at Single Neuron Resolution"

17:30 Taufik Valiante (U Toronto, Canada) "Loss of Neuronal Heterogeneity in Epileptogenic Human Tissue Impairs Network Resilience to Sudden Changes in Synchrony"

Regular Talks are 30min total (20min talk, 10min Q&A). Short talks are 15min in total (10min talk, 5 min Q&A). Short talk presenters also have the opportunity to provide a poster on the same topic if they wish to further expand on their data.

Please strictly adhere to your allocated talk time. Session chairs will provide warnings when time is about to be up and will have to interrupt talks if they go over. Speakers, please check that your system connects to the projector in the break prior to your session and if not transfer to the provided system. Please do so in the break preceding your session. AV staff will be available to assist.