Behavioral Neurogenetics of Drosophila Larva

Behavioral Neurogenetics of Drosophila Larva

 

The Maggot Meeting
October 7, 2018 to October 10, 2018
Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

Drosophila larvae are genetically tractable insect model system, with around 10,000 uniquely identifiable neurons. They thus enable unprecendented ability to probe the functional principles of neural circuits for the control of locomotion, sensory processing, exploration, behavioural choice and learning.

The maggot meeting was established in 2004 and this will be the 8th. It will explore important recent advances which include: rapid progress towards a complete connectome based on electron microscopy; genetic toolkits to support manipulation of and recording from single identified neurons; and sophisticated analysis methods to characterise the behaviour and link it to neural circuits. Computational and robot models that draw this information together will also be a focus of the meeting. Invited talks will include speakers from outside the maggot community to encourage a comparative approach to common topics.