Starts 1 Dec 2014
Ends 12 Dec 2014
Central European Time
ICTP
AGH Kastler L.H. (1-9 December) then LB Budinich Lecture Hall (10-12 December)
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, is organizing a Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology from 1 to 12 December 2014. It will be directed by V. Balasubramanian (Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA and CUNY Graduate Center, USA) and A. Treves (SISSA, Italy).

The School is part of the Programme in Biology between ICTP and the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) in Bangalore, India. New experimental techniques are opening windows on biological mechanisms inside the cell and in the brain, making these systems accessible to quantitative investigation. These advances have shown the importance of the concerted interaction of many agents in producing overall behaviors, and call for an understanding of biological functions at the systemic level. The series of Winter Schools in Quantitative Systems Biology, initiated in 2012, responds to the need to provide physicists with a broad exposure to quantitative problems in the study of living systems. The school is particularly targeted to young researchers, especially at the Ph.D and postdoc level who either work in this area or hope to do so.

The 2014 School will focus on Systems Neuroscience and cover different aspects of this rapidly developing field, such as:
• Neural coding and dynamics
• Connectomics
• Statistical inference in large neural datasets
• Optogenetics and gene expression in the brain
• Sensory systems: vision, olfaction, audition
• Computational neuroscience
• Synaptic plasticity, learning and memory
• Neuroscience of reward and decision making
• Spatial cognition
• Higher order cognitive processes

Series of lectures in these topics will be given by an array of distinguished speakers. Research seminars associated with the school will also provide a venue for scientific exchange at the cutting edge. 

Directors 
 
V. BALASUBRAMANIAN 
Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA and 
CUNY Graduate Center, USA 
A. TREVES SISSA, Italy 
 
 
Scientific Committee 
 
A. Celani (ICTP, Italy) 
N. Chandra (IISc, India) 
S. Jain (Univ. of Delhi, India) 
M. Marsili* (ICTP, Italy) 
A. Sengupta (Rutgers State Univ., USA) 
M. Thattai (NCBS, India) 
M. Vendruscolo (Univ. Cambridge, UK) 
 
* local organizer 
 
 
Invited Lecturers: 
 
Stefano Fusi (Columbia, USA) 
Kate Jeffery (UCL, UK) 
Etienne Koechlin (ENS Paris, France) 
Venkatesh Murthy (Harvard, USA) 
Maria Neimark Geffen (Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA) 
Botond Roska (FMI, Switzerland) 
Wolfram Schultz (Univ. Cambridge, UK) 
Tatyana Sharpee (Salk Institute, USA) 
Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann Institute, Israel) 
Fred Wolf (Univ. Göttingen, Germany) 
 
 
Invited Speakers include: 
 
Mohammad Herzallah (Al Quds, Palestine) 
Emilio Kropf (Leloir Institute, Argentina) 
Gabriel Mindlin (Univ.Buenos Aires, Argentina) 
Remi Monasson (ENS Paris, France) 
Yasser Roudi (NTNU, Norway) 
Gasper Tkacik (IST, Austria) 
**DEADLINE: 01/06/2014**

Organizers

V. Balasubramanian, A. Treves.
ICTP Local Organizer: M. Marsili

Co-sponsors