Multicellular organisms in microfluidic systems
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Monday, November 14th, 2016


8:00 - 8:45 Registration & Welcome Coffee Salle Poly
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Remarks by Martin Gijs & Johan Auwerx Salle Poly
  Chair: Martin Gijs - EPF Lausanne, Switzerland  
  Session 1.1: Phenotyping  
9:00 - 9:35 Deep Phenotyping Enabled by Microfluidics and High-Throughput Quantitative Microscopy
Nano-Tera Lecture.
Hang Lu (School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia, USA)
Salle Poly
9:35 - 10:10 The many scales and dimensions of an animal's adaptation to a changing environment.
Erel Levine (Harvard, University, USA)
Salle Poly
10:10 - 10:30 Coffee break & Poster Inspection Salle Poly
  Chair: Hang Lu - School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, USA  
10:30 - 11:05 Microfluidic Platforms for the Exploration of Living Organisms: Cells, Plants and Animals.
Andrew deMello (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
Salle Poly
11:05 - 11:40 Perturbations to worm sleep, weak and strong.
David Biron (The University of Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Salle Poly
11:40 - 12:10  Discussion topics session 1.1 (H. Lu, E. Levine, A. deMello & D. Biron) Salle Poly
12:10 - 14:00 Lunch Rest. Parmentier
  Chair: Andrew deMello - ETH Zürich, Switzerland  
  Session 1.2: Imaging Techniques  
14:00 - 14:35 Advanced image analysis tools for microscopy.
Michaël Unser (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
Salle Poly
14:35 - 15:10 Agarose hydrogel microchambers to study sleep in C. elegans.
Henrik Bringmann (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany) 
Salle Poly
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee break & Poster Inspection Salle Poly
  Chair: Michaël Unser - EPF Lausanne, Switzerland  
15:30 - 15:55 Microfluidic long term immobilization, enabling C. elegans developmental studies at the subcellular level.
Simon Berger (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) 
15:55 - 16:20 Behavioural study and in vivo brain imaging of associative learning in the larvae of the marine annelid worm Platynereis.
Thomas Chartier (EMBL Heidelberg, Germany) 
Salle Poly
16:20 - 16:50 Discussion topics session 1.2 (M. Unser, H. Bringmann, S. Berger & T. Chartier) Salle Poly



Tuesday, November 15th, 2016


  Chair: Shawn Lockery - Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, USA  
  Session 2.1: High-throughput techniques  
9:00 - 9:35 Integrated optical and microfluidic platforms for high-throughput whole-animal screening
Nano-Tera Lecture.

Adela Ben-Yakar (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
Salle Poly
9:35 - 10:10 High-throughput imaging of C. elegans aging in the WorMotel.
Christopher Fang-Yen (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Salle Poly
10:10 - 10:30 Coffee break & Poster Inspection Salle Poly
  Chair: Adela Ben-Yakar - University of Texas, USA  
10:35 - 11:10 High throughput Calcium imaging: A novel approach for genetic and drug screening in C. elegans.
Nikos Chronis (College of Engineering, University of Michigan, USA)
Salle Poly
11:10 - 11:35 All-around size-dependent sorting of C. elegans nematodes through an flexible microfluidic filter structure.
Li Dong (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
Salle Poly
11:35 - 12:00  Discussion topics session 2.1 (A. Ben-Yakar, Ch. Fang-Yen & N. Chronis) Salle Poly
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Rest. Parmentier
  Chair: Nikos Chronis - College of Engineering, University of Michigan, USA  
  Session 2.2: Neurobiology  
14:00 - 14:35 A microfluidics platform to study nervous system function and movement in C. elegans.
Bhagwati Gupta (Dept. Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)
Salle Poly
14:35 - 15:10 Microenvironments to Probe Neuronal Functions in C. elegans and Zebrafish.
Sreekanth Chalasani (Salk Institute, California, USA)
Salle Poly
  Chair: Bhagwati Gupta - Dept. Biology, McMaster University, Canada  
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee break & Poster Inspection Salle Poly
15:30 - 16:05 Olfactory signal processing in small circuits.
Aravinthan Samuel (Dept of Physics & Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA)
Salle Poly
16:05 - 16:30 Neural oscillations code chemical gradients and are sensitive to the 2nd derivative of the gradient.
Alon Zaslaver (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Salle Poly
16:30 - 17:00 Discussion topics session 2.2 (B. Gupta, S. Chalasani, A. Samuel & A. Zaslaver)  
18:00 - 23:00 Visit & Symposium Banquet at Olympic Museum in Lausanne Olympic Museum



Wednesday, November 16th, 2016


  Chair: Johan Auwerx - EPF Lausanne, Switzerland  
  Session 3.1: Physiology and Development Studies   
9:00 - 9:35 Neuroendocrine regulation of aging and metabolism
Nano-Tera Lecture.

Andrew Dillin (University of California, USA)
Salle Poly
9:35 - 10:10 Microfluidic C. elegans Development Studies from the Embryonic Stage.
Matteo Cornaglia (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
Salle Poly
  Chair: Andrew Dillin - University of California, USA  
10:10 - 10:30 Coffee break & Poster Inspection Salle Poly
10:35 - 11:10 Microfluidic devices for electrophysiological measures of disease, aging, and their amelioration in C. elegans.
Shawn Lockery (Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, USA)
Salle Poly
11:10 - 11:45 Using Microfluidic approaches to study C. elegans' Cognitive, Reproductive, and Physical Age-Related Declines.
Coleen Murphy (Princeton University, New Jersey, USA)
Salle Poly
11:45 - 12:15  Discussion topics session 3.1 (A. Dillin, M. Cornaglia, S. Lockery & C. Murphy) Salle Poly
12:15 - 12:30 Concluding Remarks & Best Poster Award Salle Poly
12:30 Lunch Rest. Parmentier


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