Deconstructing the Sense of Smell Conference

Coordinators: Sandeep R. Datta, Anne-Marie M. Oswald

The olfactory system has a formidable task – representing, recognizing and recalling odor stimuli despite interference and degradation by a dynamic olfactory environment. This process is so crucial to survival that remarkably similar olfactory systems are found in insects and mammals despite different evolutionary lineages. Scientists are challenged with the task of identifying the neural mechanisms that underlie odor detection, coding, perception and behavior.  To date, experimental and theoretical studies of model systems ranging from nematodes to humans have yielded significant advances in our understanding of facets of olfactory processing. This conference brings together scientists from a variety of disciplines to discuss the chemical, molecular, cellular, circuit and systems mechanisms that underlie neural and behavioral responses to odors. The main aims of this meeting are to 1) present emerging olfactory research, 2) identify processes by which olfactory information is integrated within and across neural networks and systems and 3) identify common principles of odor processing across model organisms.  These are important steps toward the ultimate goal: to develop cohesive and comprehensive theories for olfaction.

PLEASE NOTE: During the conference there will be an opportunity to present a poster. If you are interested in presenting a poster please visit the conference website and submit your title and abstract.  Each poster board is 4 feet high x 6 feet wide. We ask that the posters be no larger than 44 inches high x 34 inches wide at the most. Deadline will be June 6, 2015.