Dendritic Anatomy, Molecules and Function
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 all participants.