2017 Symposium on the BRAIN Initiative

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The Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory is hosting a symposium from March 31 to April 2, 2017, with a focus on Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative public-private partnerships and cross-discipline collaborations.

2017 Attendees

Join leaders, researchers and scientists from 30 (and counting) agencies, companies and research institutions, including the following:

  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Backyard Brains
  • Boston University
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Inscopix
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • McDermott+Consulting
  • Medtronic
  • Montana State University
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Northwestern University
  • The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • Verily (Google)


Mike Hawrylycz, Ph.D., of the Allen Institute for Brain Science will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Hawrylycz has been responsible for data annotation, mapping, and analysis at the Allen Institute for Brain Science since the Institute’s inception in 2003. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in applied mathematics and has worked in a variety of areas applying data analysis and image processing to the life sciences, including the Human Genome Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Human Genome Research Institute ENCODE project. Most recently Dr. Hawrylycz will be forming a team to enhance translational applications of Allen Institute resources.


Greg Gage, Ph.D.; Norbert Myslinski, Ph.D.; Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.; Paul W. Radensky, M.D., J.D.; and Alaine M. Westra of the Mayo Clinic Department of Development will discuss communication strategies for sharing the value of neuroscience research to nonscientific stakeholders in the BRAIN Initiative, including the public, government legislators and staffers, and private individual and foundation donors.

Panels in progress

  • Genetics and Cell Typing Tools and Projects
  • Multiphoton Microscopy
  • BRAIN Beyond the Brain: Peripheral Nervous System Input and Output
  • Brain Imaging
  • Sensors and Optogenetics
  • Commercializing Your Neurotechnology
  • Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic
  • New BRAIN Initiative Awards for 2016


Registration is now open! Cost is $195, which includes meals for the entire conference and poster submission fees. Please register by creating an account through the Mayo Clinic Symposium on the BRAIN Initiative 2017 website.

Contact Samuel K. Rudolph for more information.