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Neural information and coding workshop 2001

March 17-March 20, 2001

Big Sky, Montana


To bring together experimental and theoretical neuroscientists for a small (~70 people) intensive three day workshop. The emphasis will be on how new experimental and theoretical approaches can be combined to better understand neural coding. Topics include population coding, information theoretic analyses of coding, the possible importance of spike timing in neural transmission, and plasticity.


The format is the same as last year: morning sessions from 8-11:30, break to 5 pm, sessions from 7-9. Talks will be 35 minutes each, with 15 minutes for questions (by keeping the group small, we hope to encourage lively debates). There will also be two evening poster sessions.


Sheila Nirenberg (UCLA)
Peter Latham (Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit)
Bill Bialek (NEC)
Christof Koch (Caltech)
Chuck Stevens (Salk)
Tony Zador (Cold Spring Harbor)


Big Sky, Montana.


Saturday March 17 (6 pm dinner, followed by an evening session) to Tuesday (all day, including evening until 9 pm), March 20, 2001. There will be no sessions on Wednesday.


Everyone is encouraged to present a poster. If you plan to present a poster and would like the abstract included in the program, please email it to us by February 15, 2000. If you are interested in presenting orally, please let us know by November 22, 2000; include a title and a short abstract. Oral presentations with a strong experimental component will be given preference. To minimize overlap, those who haven't presented in previous years will be given preference this year.

Last meeting's abstracts.
Last meeting's program.


Approximately $160/night hotel (can accommodate 1-4 people)
$425 registration, which includes meals (dinner on Saturday; breakfast/lunch/dinner Sunday-Tuesday).

Some travel grants may be available; please let us know if you really need one.


The REGISTRATION FEE is collected in a separate account. Please send checks to
Checks should be made payable to "Sorensen Travel". They can accept credit cards for a 4% surcharge. They also offer DISCOUNT AIRFARES for this conference, and would be happy to make all your travel arrangements (ask for "Nancy").

----------------------> Registration due Dec. 1, 2000 <---------------------

ROOM RESERVATIONS: Call Big Sky, Montana, 800-548-4486. Be sure to mention that you are with the Neural Information and Coding Workshop.

----------> Room registration MUST be made no later than Feb. 10, 2001 <----------


The meeting is at about 7500 ft above sea level, and some people (including those in good physical condition) experience mild to moderate altitude sickness for the first few days. The prescription diuretic acetazolamide (Diamox) taken several days prior to arrival can prevent some of the symptoms. Bring the following paper to your physician: "High altitude sickness", Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, 1992 Sep 4, 34(878):84-6.

For any other information contact Sheila Nirenberg ( or Peter Latham (

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