On September 24-25, 2016 in the beautiful paradise city -- Hangzhou, the 146th West Lake Symposium -- Frontiers in interdisciplinary Neuroscience and Technology: System Neural AuditoryScience and Technology --was held in Zhejiang University.Theconference was hosted by Zhejiang University and organized by Zhejiang University Qiushi Academyof Advanced Study (QAAS), Zhejiang University Interdisciplinary Institute ofNeuroscience and Technology (ZIINT)and the Sci-Tech Academy of Zhejiang University with the sponsor by Global Biotech Inc. This symposium invited 25 worldwide well-knownneuroscientists from the United States, France, Japan, and Hong Kong to present their work introducing new findings and techniques in auditory neuroscience,which attractedabout 150researchers in neuroscience from the universities and institutes all over the world.
Professor Anna Wang Roe, the director of Zhejiang University Interdisciplinary Institute ofNeuroscience and Technology, and professor Xiongjie Yu, an excellent auditory neuroscientist in ZIINT, co-chaired the symposium. Professor Shigang He, vice president of the Chinese Neuroscience Society, and professor Anna Wang gave the opening speeches. Professor He pointed out thatsystematicneuroscienceis a fast-growing field at early-developing stage with huge potential in many aspects such as artificial intelligence and brain circuit mapping.
Brain science is currently one of the major hot spotsin scientific research all around the world. During the past years, Zhejiang University has been closely followingthe frontier brain science and has made great progress in this field. The goal of thissymposium is to highlight exciting topics in auditory neuroscience and to share in-depth discussions about the future of the fields. Two keynote speakers, professor Jufang He from City University of Hong Kong and professor Xiaoqin Wang from John Hopkins University shared their recent work in studying neural basis for memory encoding and social communication. New findings and cutting-edge techniques were also introduced by other speakers, includingneurophysiology, psychophysics, neuroimaging, modeling, neuroanatomy, optogenetics, and neuroengineering. These theoretical and experimental proceedings in auditory neuroscience will significantly improve our understanding of the neural mechanisms of many auditory-related diseases such as language processing disorders and social disorders, which therefore may contribute finding new targets in clinical treatment. This symposiumhas been an important academic feast for worldwide scientists to explore the latest development of auditory neuroscience through establishing a platform for experts in related fields to share their achievements. Moreover, this symposium will provide more opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations even across countries in the future.