Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, LONDON, WC1N 3AR, UK, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 1176, Fax +44 (0) 20 7679 1173,

9-11 February 2004
By invitation only

B10 Seminar Room, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square
London, WC1N 3AR

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Supported by The Gatsby Foundation

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[35 minutes talks plus 10 minutes for discussion]

Sunday 8 February
18:00-20:00 Welcome Drink [for those who are around]
4th Floor, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square
Monday 9 February
12:00-13:00 Lunch and welcome
13:00-13:45 Richard Marrocco
Acetylcholine and Norepinephrine in Covert Attention and Attention Deficits

Mike Hasselmo
Cholinergic Regulation of Cortical Function: Physiological and Behavioral Experiments and Computational Modeling


Gary Aston-Jones
Attention, Behavioral Flexibility and Decision: Functions of the Noradrenergic Locus Coeruleus System in Monkey


15:15-16:00 Tea break
16:00-16:45 Martin Sarter
Bottom-Up and Top-Down: Attentional Functions of Cortical Cholinergic Inputs

Carolyn Harley
Locus Coeruleus Norepinephrine and the Attention-Memory Continuum

17:30-18:15 Christiane Thiel
Cholinergic Modulation of Learning and Attention in the Human Brain: Insights from Pharmacological fMRI Studies
Tuesday 10 February
9:30-10:15 Maura Furey
Cholinergic Neurotransmission and Systems Level Neural Modulation: Insights from Functional Imaging Studies
10:15-11:00 Paul Bentley
How does Cholinergic Enhancement Modulate Neural Correlates of Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processing in Human Visual Cortex?
11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Susan Sara

12:15-13:00 Sebastien Bouret
Towards an Understanding of the Contribution of Locus Coeruleus to Functional Networks and their Learning-Related Plasticity
13:00-14:00 Sandwich Lunch

Christiane Linster
Modulation of Sensory Processing

14:45-15:30 Raju Metherate
Nicotinic Regulation of Synaptic and Sensory Function in Sensory Cortex
15:30-16:15 Alex Thiele
Acetylcholine, Spatio-Temporal Integration, and Attention
16:15-16:45 Tea break
16:45-17:30 Angela Yu
Acetylcholine and Norepinephrine as Uncertainty Signals in Attentional Tasks
17:30-18:15 Chris Córdova and Andrea Chiba
Cholinergic Modulation of Cortex: Attention and Plasticity
19:30- Dinner at Trattoria Verdi, 110 Southampton Row
Wednesday 11 February
9:30-10:15 Verity Brown
Attentional Functions of the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus in the Rat: The Role of Acetylcholine
10:15-11:00 Jill McGaughy
The Effects of Cholinergic and Noradrenergic Deafferentation of the Cortex on Memory and Attention
11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Mark Baxter
Acetylcholine and Memory: Beware of Dogma


Jeffrey Dalley
Functional Neurochemistry and Cognition in Rodents

13:00-13:45 Trevor Robbins
Neuromodulation of Prefrontal Cortical Function across Species by Dopamine and Serotonin: Converging Empirical Approaches to Theoretical Issues
13:45-14:45 Sandwich Lunch
14:45-16:15 Discussion
16:15 Tea