Amrita School of Biotechnology presents at leading Neuroscience workshops and conferences
February 4, 2014
Amrita School of Biotechnology, Amritapuri
Biotechnology and Computing are taking new dimensions in solving major problems. Dr. Shyam Diwakar, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator of the Computational Neuroscience Laboratory and his colleagues at Amrita School of Biotechnology know it will not be easy reconstructing a model brain with mathematics and biophysics in order to understand it. However, demonstrating studies based on detailed computational models of cerebellum through computational neuroscience and designing tools for neuroinformatics to solve brain problems such as epilepsy, autism and neurological disorders is the target of School of Biotechnology’s Computational Neuroscience Lab at Amrita University. The Computational Neuroscience team was invited to showcase some of their findings in recent national and international events held in and around the country.
Kolkata Neuroscience Conference 2014, an international conference on Neurochemistry of the Ageing Brain, funded by International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN), was recently held at CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata from January 27- February 1, 2014. Dr. Shyam Diwakar gave a presentation on Computational Modeling of Cerebellar Disorders – Studies of plasticity, timing and dysfunction from a cerebellar granular layer perspective. “Aiding inter-disciplinary discussions and fostering strong links are constantly enhancing research, thanks to such conferences and meetings,” Dr. Shyam commented.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Cognition Workshop, a prestigious international workshop on Brain and Cognition was organized by Indian Institute of Science (funded by IUSSTF) from December 8 - 21, 2013 at Bengaluru, India. Among 30 students, Harilal Parasuram was selected to participate in this two-week intensive workshop. This workshop was divided into four modules of vision, motor systems, attention and learning & memory. “It was a great opportunity to me to learn and discuss about my study on Modeling Ensemble Properties of Cerebellar Granular Microcircuitry with eminent scientists in the field during the workshop,” Harilal shared. At the workshop, four modules related to cognition namely vision, motor systems, attention and learning & memory were addressed by distinguished scientists including Thomas Albright (Salk Institute), Patrick Cavanagh (Université Paris Descartes), Gyorgy Buzsáki (New York University), Peter Strick (University of Pittsburgh), Michael Stryker (University of California), Upinder Bhalla (National Centre for Biological Sciences).
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune organized a workshop titled, Hippocampus: From Synapses to Behaviour, supported by International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), from December 1-3, 2013. Kartik Iyer and Dr. Athira O., Assistant Professors at Amrita School of Biotechnology, and Computational Neuroscience Lab researchers Manjusha Nair, Asha Vijayan and Krishna Chaitanya were selected to represent Amrita University at this workshop. Representing Amrita’s work on behalf of Dr. Shyam Diwakar, Cerebellar Modeling, Neuroinformatics and recent additions to Virtual Labs were showcased at the INNNI (Indian National Node for Neuro Informatics) node meeting post the Hippocampus workshop.
31st Annual Meeting of Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN), a meeting platform for all Neuroscientists in India, was held at National Academy of Sciences and Vigyan Parishad at Allahabad, India from October 25-27, 2013. The conference focused on the theme Emerging Trends and Challenges in Neurosciences. Computational Neuroscience Lab researchers Manjusha Nair, Krishna Chaitanya, Asha Vijayan and Harilal Parasuram presented four posters on their ongoing Ph.D. work.