What is the earliest Phylum of metazoans to possess what we would recognize as a nervous system?
Did earlier organisms have all the components of a nervous system in the absence of what we would recognize as neurons?
What is a neuron?
Did nervous systems evolve independently more than once?
Where were all the molecular tool boxes that define a nervous system harnessed from?
These and related questions will be discussed in a three-day international meeting to be held in Florida, May 13-15, 2014.
Participants include recognized experts in the phylogeny of lower metazoans, comparative biologists interested in the cell and neurobiology of the same groups, and molecular biologists interested in the evolution of processes and molecules that underlie nerve function.
Contributed papers are invited for both oral and poster sessions.
Travel awards are available for students.
For full details see our website at: http://efns2.whitney.ufl.edu/