Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light

June 09, 2015

Capitol Hill Briefing, in Washington, DC: 
Highlighted as one of the “big ideas” of the past decade by the journal Science, optogenetics involves the use of light to control neurons, and it has opened up a realm of possibilities for better understanding the brain. 


Rep. Chaka Fattah (opening remarks)

Edward Boyden, Ph.D., leads the MIT Media Lab's Synthetic Neurobiology research group

Brian Y. Chow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania

Dayu Lin, Ph.D., leads her lab within the Smilow Neuroscience Program and the Dept. of Psychiatry at New York University

Neuroscience briefings are hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in conjunction with Rep. Chaka Fattah, and through the support of the Dana Foundation.