Optogenetics and Optical Sensors in Pain Research

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020
08:30 – 12:00


Europe Foyer 1 (RAI Amsterdam)


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Event/Session Summary

Optogenetics and Optical Sensors in Pain Research

Hands-On Workshop

Optogenetics is a technique that utilizes genetically-encoded proteins that change conformation in the presence of light to modulate and measure cellular function in vivo and in vitro. In recent years, a growing repertoire of light-activated actuators and light-emitting sensors has enabled the development of sophisticated systems permitting detailed interrogation of somatosensory circuits.

This workshop will explore the basics of the optogenetic toolbox from light-activated ion channels and receptors to genetically encoded chemo-sensors and activity reporters; and how these proteins can be used to provide insight, in a spatially and temporally controlled manner, into the function of specific elements of somatosensory circuits. Technical challenges and pitfalls relating to experimental design, data interpretation and gene delivery will be discussed to provide workshop participants with insight into potential applications of optogenetic techniques to basic and applied pain research.

Stations & Faculty

Principles and Design of Optogenetic Sensors and Actuators 
Yves de Koninck, PhD (Canada)

Delivery and Activation of Optogenetic Actuators In Vitro and In Vivo 
Wendy Imlach, PhD (Australia)

Use of Optogenetic Sensors to Monitor Cellular Function 
Harald Janovjak, PhD (Australia)

Optogenetics in Pain Research: From Pain Circuits to Behaviour
Robert Gereau, PhD (USA)


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*The Developing Country rate is available to residents of countries with a gross national income of less than $15,000,
as defined by the World Bank.