Influence of Early Experience on Adult Brain Organization and Function

Event Dates: 
Dec 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Carla Shatz, Stanford University

Early experience impacts adult brain structure and function but the extent of this influence and the mechanisms by which developmental neuronal plasticity affects adult brain function are unclear. Discussions of healthy and dysregulated development will help to define the questions that will be further addressed in animal models, and mechanisms responsible for developmental consequences will be analyzed at cellular and molecular levels. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: How do events of early development show up in our behavior as we age? What are the opportunities and risks during early development and their consequences for adult behavior? Can the identification of windows of “critical periods” in early development be used to reopen these windows at later points in the lifetime to enhance or regenerate adult function? The developmental origins of neurological and psychiatric disorders will frame many of the issues being addressed in this symposium.

Event Sessions

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Date Media Session Title Speakers
Fri 12/2 File Welcome & Opening Remarks Nick Spitzer, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Fri 12/2 File Early Brain Trajectories & Evolving Oscillations: Template for Mature Function? April Benasich, Rutgers University-Newark
Fri 12/2 File The Effects of Early Life Stress on Brain and Behavior BJ Casey, Yale University
Fri 12/2 File Neurobiology of the Parental Brain Catherine Dulac, Harvard University
Fri 12/2 File The Amazing Teen Brain Jay Giedd, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Fri 12/2 File Making an Old Brain Young? From Developmental Critical Periods to Alzheimer’s Disease Carla Shatz, Stanford University
Fri 12/2 File How Immune Cells Sculpt Developing Synaptic Circuits Beth Stevens, Harvard Medical School - Boston Children's Hospital
Fri 12/2 File Using Neurobiology to Overcome Genetic and Environmental Adversity Mark Bear, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fri 12/2 File Tracing the Path from Spontaneous Mutation to Neurobiology in Autism Spectrum Disorders Matthew State, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Fri 12/2 File The Challenge of Integration Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Fri 12/2 File Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks Carla Shatz, Stanford University
Fred Gage, Salk Institute for Biological Studies