Past Barrels Meetings
The 29th Annual Barrels Meeting was held on Thursday, 10 November 2016 and Friday, 11 November 2016 at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
The 28th annual Barrels meeting was held prior to the Society for Neuroscience meeting in October 2015 at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting brought together researchers focused on the rodent sensorimotor system. The meeting focused on modern techniques to decipher cortical circuits, social interactions among rodents, and decision-making. The meeting allowed investigators to share their work via short talks, poster presentations, and a data blitz.Download a copy of the meeting report here.
The 27th annual Barrels meeting highlighted the latest advances in this rapidly growing field. The Barrels meeting annually focuses on the role of the posterior medial thalamus in somatosensation, dendritic processing, and the cortical dynamics involved during touch perception. Speakers utilized diverse molecular, physiological, computational techniques to understand the development, sensory processing, and motor commands that are involved with the rodent mystacial vibrissae. The meeting was held Thursday, 13 November through Friday, 14 November 2014 on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.Download a copy of the meeting report here.
The 26th annual Barrels meeting was convened on the campus of the University of California San Diego, not far from the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The meeting focused on three main themes: the structure and function of the thalamic reticular nucleus, the neurovasculature system and its role in brain metabolism, and the origins and functions of cortical GABAergic interneurons. In addition to the major themes, there were short talks, a data blitz, and a poster session which highlighted the diversity and quality of the research ongoing in the rodent whisker-to-barrel system.Download a copy of the meeting report here.
The 23rd annual Barrels meeting was held on the University of California, San Diego campus and highlighted the latest advances in the whisker-to-barrel pathway and beyond. The annual meeting brought together investigators from a dozen countries to present their data in posters and short talks. The meeting focused on several themes, first the barrel system was used as a model to study the consequences that result from alterations in the normal pattern(s) of development. A second session focused on what happens to whisker information once it leaves the layer IV barrel. A third session addressed issues of coding within the barrel system and a final session highlighted the latest advances in the engineering of transgenic mouse lines. The meeting highlighted the utility of the barrel system to study cortical circuitry in the normal and pathological state.Download a copy of the meeting report here.
The 22nd Annual Barrels Meeting blew into Evanston, near the Windy City, in November 2009 as the meeting was hosted on the Evanston, IL campus on Northwestern University. The longest running satellite meeting to the Society for Neuroscience Meeting annualy brings together researchers from around the world focused on the development, function, behaviour and physiology of the rodent whisker-to-barrel system and other associated cortical and subcortical areas. The 2009 edition of the meeting was focused on three central themes: the molecular development and developmental plasticity in barrel cortex, optical analysis of barrel cortex function, and the coding of touch. The main symposia were complimented by short talks, data blitz sessions and a poster session.Download a copy of the meeting report here.
The twenty-first annual Barrels meeting, sponsored by NINDS, was held on 12–14 November 2008 on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, near the site of the original discovery of barrels almost 40 years ago. The longest running satellite meeting to the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting focuses on the development, physiology, and behavior of the rodent whisker-to-barrel sensorimotor system. This year’s event focused on what aspects of the sensory world are encoded by neurons within the system and how specifically the posterior medial nucleus can play a role in information processing. Other highlighted topics included the possible role(s) the cerebellum may have and the cues governing the patterning and development of thalamocortical inputs into the barrel cortex.Download a copy of the meeting report here.
The 20th annual Barrels meeting brought together researchers who utilize behavioral, physiological, anatomical, and molecular techniques to understand the structure and function of the barrel system. Barrels XX featured talks on the role inhibition has in shaping cortical responses within the barrel system, the molecular cues that influence the development of the whisker-to-barrel system, and the synaptic plasticity that can shape responses within the system. The meeting highlighted why the whisker-to-barrel system is an ideal model to investigate the development of cortical circuitry and how its functioning can influence behavioral responses.Download a copy of the meeting report here.
The 19th annual Barrels Meeting (Barrels XIX) was hosted by the Neuroscience Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia on 12th and 13th of October 2006. The meeting brought together over 125 researchers from ten different countries to discuss the anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the rodent whisker-to- barrel pathway as well as its associated neuronal structures.Download a copy of the meeting report here.