Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light

Published: June 9, 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. Speakers:  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 the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, and through the support of the Dana Foundation.