“Sense to Synapse” is a networking event for scientists working on molecular and biophysical mechanisms of perception. Primary target audience are scientists from New York-tristate area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), but the event is open for anyone interested in sensory systems.

The first “Sense to Synapse” meeting was held on 19th April 2012 at Columbia University Morningside Campus in New York City. It was organized by Christopher Bergevin (Columbia University) and Dáibhid Ó Maoiléidigh (Rockefeller University), with generous support from the Biophysical Society, as well as from F.M. Kirby Center for Sensory Neuroscience and Vision Sciences Training grant from the National Eye Institute (T32 EY103933-11).

The meeting was a success, featuring keynote talks from a number of prominent scientists, such as:

  • Stuart Firestein (Columbia University, see photo),
  • A. James Hudspeth (Rockefeller University),
  • Ellen Lumpkin (Columbia University),
  • Elizabeth Olson (Columbia University),
  • M. Hakan Ozdener (Monell Center, Temple University) and
  • Eero Simoncelli (New York University).

Stuart Firestein (Columbia University) talks about the sense of smell at S2S 2012. Image source: http://biophysicalsociety.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/sense-to-synapse-2012-bridging-the-gap-between-sensory-scientists/

Claude and Mala

Claude Desplan (NYU) and Mala Murthy (Princeton) during a coffee break.

Success of “Sense to Synapse 2012” has attracted the attention of the Journal of General Physiology (JGP, Rockefeller Press) and thanks to their generous support, “Sense to Synapse” was held again in 2013 and turned into an annual event. Speakers for 2013 were:

  • Michael C. Crair (Yale University),
  • Claude Desplan (New York University),
  • Mala Murthy (Princeton University),
  • Robert H. LaMotte (Yale University),
  • Dmitry Rinberg (New York University),
  • Anthony Zador (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory).

The event was attended by 100 people-almost double the number from 2012!


“Sense to Synapse 2014” is organized by

Filipe Pinto Teixeira Sousa (New York University) and Adema Ribic (Tufts University)

and will be held on 26th April 2014 at

Center for Genomics and Systems Biology on Washington Square Campus of New York

 University in New York City.


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