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EMBO Workshop | Subcortical sensory circuits: visual, auditory, somatosensory, and beyond

November 28, 2023 to December 1, 2023



This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.


Conference Overview

Subcortical sensory circuits play a fundamental role in the perception of the outside world. However, they are often thought of as relay stations that passively transmit sensory information to the cortex or simple effectors of behavioral reflexes. Recent studies, however, suggest that subcortical pathways also perform sophisticated computations, such as integrating peripheral information among many sensory pathways and the animal’s internal states. This meeting will gather leading researchers in the field to discuss different subcortical circuits involving various sensory modalities and revisit their increasingly complex and interconnected contributions to perception, behavior, and cognition. Furthermore, we will delve into various topics which often play an interconnected role with sensory perception and are crucial to a detailed yet holistic understanding of perceptual circuits.


Session Topics

  • Visual processing by the thalamus
  • Circuits of the colliculus: vision and multisensory integration
  • Multisensory Integration and higher-order thalamic nuclei
  • Thalamocortical circuits of somatosensation
  • Thalamic circuits for auditory perception
  • The subcortical influence on decision making
  • Development of subcortical circuits in mice and non-human primates
  • Thalamic modulation by glia
  • The neuronal circuits underlying sleep




SEP 05:   Abstract Submission
OCT 17:   Registration (On-site)
NOV 21:   Registration (Virtual)

On-site Registration   |   Virtual Registration



November 28, 2023
December 1, 2023
Event Category:


EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual


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