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Celebrating 10 years of optogenetics with Karl Deisseroth in Quebec city

Karl Deisseroth, Yves De Koninck and Valentin Nagerl

The 2015 Frontiers in Neurophotonics Symposium (FINS2015) was an opportunity to celebrate the tenth anniversary of optogenetics research in neuroscience.  Ten years ago, channelrhodopsin-2 was expressed in neurons and shown to control their activity in a landmark paper Karl Deisseroth and his team published in Nature Neuroscience - Millisecond-timescale, genetically targeted optical control of neural activity. We celebrated this anniversary with Karl Deisseroth, who delivered the keynote lecture at FINS2015, and with all the delegates at the meeting.

On the picture, Yves De Koninck and Valentin Nägerl present Karl Deisseroth with a 10th anniversary cake.

Nature Neuroscience recently published a special issue - Nature Neuroscience ChR2: Anniversary Issue, in which multiple key players in the field provide an overview of how the field has developed since those early optogenetic experiments.