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Top Row: Wayne Kuenzel, Kei Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Wada, Toru Shimizu, Scott Husband, Loreta Medina, Haru Horita, Connie Siang, Sarah Durand, Alice Powers
Middle Row: Diane Lee, Lubica Kubikova, David Perkel, Stephanie White, Tom Smulders, Andras Csillag, Laura Bruce, Claudio Mello, Greg Ball, Gerald Hough, Jennifer Dugas-Ford
Bottom Row: Ann Butler, Onur Gunturkun, Georg Striedter, Erich Jarvis, Tony Reiner, George Paxinos, Martin Wild

This page describes the format and agenda of the avian brain nomenclature forum held in 2002.

Contents

Dates and Location
Objectives
Specific Program

Dates and Location: The Forum will be held over a full 3-day period, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, of July 18th, 19th, 20th, in 2002, in the Searle Conference Center, at the Duke University Medical Center. This is the third weekend of July, 2002. The Searle Conference Center has an audio-visual auditorium, 3 rooms for separate conference break out sessions, and a catered restaurant for conference participants. The Forum will begin promptly on Thursday morning, and thus, participants will arrive at the earliest, the Wednesday evening.

Objectives: The forum will have 2 main objectives:

  1. to remove the current nomenclature of the avian telencephalon, and
  2. to replace it with a mutually agreeable nomenclature.
Focus will be on the avian telencephalon, as this is the brain region with the most problems. Discussions will include other brain divisions, such as the thalamus, midbrain, and pons, to the point that they help contribute to the establishment of a new telencephalic nomenclature. For some hypotheses, it is not possible to discuss the telencephalon without discussing its connections with the thalamus and midbrain. However, renaming non-telencephalic structures is beyond the scope of the forum. If necessary, such renaming will be deferred to a future forum, or agreed upon before the forum so that these issues do not appropriate valuable time. The forum will include discussion and decision on both pallial and sub-pallial divisions of the telencephalon. The ThinkTankers have reached a preliminary consensus on the sub-pallial basal ganglia-like structures. Before the forum, this new nomenclature will be evaluated by other neurobiologists. At the forum, it will be discussed; if there is agreement on it, then it will be canonized; if there is disagreement on it, and a valid modification or alternative is proposed in advance, then the latter will be decided on.

Specific Program: On the morning of each day, presentations of a person's or a group of person's hypothesis for removing and renaming telencephalic structures will be given (Table 1). A maximum of eight presentations will be allowed, as more is assumed a less efficient use of time towards accomplishing the objectives. The selection process will be done by the organizing committee, with input from the avi-eaters group.

The primary criteria will be that the proposal must describe which names are to be removed, the new nomenclature, and the basis for the new names. Selection for proposals to be presented will also depend upon the evidence that is published and/or posted on the web site for other persons to view. Evidence can include whatever is necessary to make a convincing argument. This includes connectivity, development, gene expression, brain region function, evolution, ethology, homologies, analogies, and cytoarchitectonics .

Participants have been asked not to present a hypothesis for the first time at the forum, as it is unlikely to be effective towards making a change, since it does not allow enough time for reflection and discussion within the 3-day period. Thus, a forum participant who wishes to present a hypothesis for nomenclature change is required to do so, by email, web site, and/or publication at least 6 months in advance of the forum.

Schedule

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Morning

Presentation 1

Presentation 1

Presentation 1

8:00 AM-

Presentation 2

Presentation 2

Presentation 2

12 Noon

Presentation 3

Presentation 3

Decision Making

Lunch

Afternoon

Discussion

Discussion

Decision Making

3PM-

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&

Decision Making

5PM

Debate Sessions

Debate Sessions

Decision Making

Evening

Free Format

Free Format

Decision Making

Table 1: Preliminary format of the Avian Brain Nomenclature Forum.

On the afternoon of each day, discussion-debate sessions will be held to make decisions on the various hypotheses presented (Table 1). To prevent discussions from becoming unwieldy or off the topic, persons neutral to particular hypotheses will be designated as moderators. On the third day, final decisions will be made as to what to rename the telencephalic structures. This can include renaming major subdivisions and individual brain structures therein, or renaming major subdivisions only. Decisions will be made by democratic vote (2/3rds), sub-committee, or unanimous consensus. As of now, the method of making these decisions is left flexible, and will involve further discussion by the avi-eaters and organizing committee.

NEW: Detailed schedule for Nomenclature Forum.

Updated by Erich Jarvis 10/24/2000, 7/20/2002

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