GTReal Workshop :: May 11-12 :: Atlanta, GA USA :: Georgia Tech
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GT Real : Georgia Tech Discussion on Real-Time Methods for Cellular Electrophysiology Experiments

May 11-12, 2005

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA USA

UPDATE (17 May 2005) - Thanks to everyone who attended! The consensus was that this meeting should continue in its informal form, on an annual basis, and we are already working on making that happen. Stay tuned. PDF versions of presentations have been supplied by those who have sent them to me.

Purpose : The dynamic/conductance clamp is now a well-established technique, but where is it going?  What new modalities can extend the utility of such real-time techniques, and what can promote its wider adoption? This low-key informal 2-day discussion will try to address these questions. Some questions to discuss include:

  • Beyond intracellular voltage and current: new modalities for real-time interfacing to neurons (ex. dynamic clamp that controls a laser and releases caged compounds in controllable quantities). What obstacles exist to integrating these new measurement and stimulation modalities to real-time techniques?
  • Technology is standing between me and my science: unmet needs and things we cannot get to work in the lab, and if we could, great science would happen.
  • When two electrodes is not enough: large scale simulations and/or "large scale" experiment (cultured cells, in vivo) - scaling up the wet and dry sides of the system - are there "grand challenges" worth tackling, as in the computational sciences?
  • Opportunities: What obstacles have blocked commercialization of turnkey approaches? What opportunities exist for academic- vs. commercial- approaches to development, and what are the pros and cons of each? 

Confirmed Speakers : Hugh Robinson (University of Cambridge), Gwen LeMasson (University of Bordeaux), John White (Boston University)


Format: The program will have a mix of invited speakers (1 hours talks), contributed 20 minute talks, posters, and breakout sessions.The workshop will conclude with an hour long meeting identifying future topics for collaboration and development.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. There will be a social and poster session at the end of the day on May 11.

Visit the General Information page for registration information. Attendees are invited to contribute posters as well as submit an abstract for consideration for a 20 minute talk. We may amend the schedule to accomodate the number of talks/posters that are submitted.