Event Title

How Light Controls the Body and Mind: A Look at Optogenetics

Location

Diamond 145

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Optogentics is a new field of research that utilizes differing forms of light in order to control the activation and inhibition of different neurons that have been genetically altered to be photosensitive. By using light sensitive channels like channelrhodopsin-2 extracted from a green algae, scientists have been able to develop methods in which light information fed to the brain via fiber optic wire, can elicit specific behaviors in various animal models such as rats. This talk will give a brief insight into the history of optogenetics, its methods, and the deferring fields of research that are integrating its use into their fields of study. From neuroscience to medicine there are boundless applications for optogentics.

Faculty Sponsor

Melissa Glenn

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

692

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May 1st, 10:30 AM May 1st, 12:00 PM

How Light Controls the Body and Mind: A Look at Optogenetics

Diamond 145

Optogentics is a new field of research that utilizes differing forms of light in order to control the activation and inhibition of different neurons that have been genetically altered to be photosensitive. By using light sensitive channels like channelrhodopsin-2 extracted from a green algae, scientists have been able to develop methods in which light information fed to the brain via fiber optic wire, can elicit specific behaviors in various animal models such as rats. This talk will give a brief insight into the history of optogenetics, its methods, and the deferring fields of research that are integrating its use into their fields of study. From neuroscience to medicine there are boundless applications for optogentics.

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