(last update: October 18th 2018)

Organizing Committee

Tobias Bonhoeffer (Germany)
Nils Brose (Germany)
Thomas Mrsic-Flogel (UK)
Alois Saria (chair, Austria)
Stephan Schwarzacher (Germany)

Keynote Lectures:

Megan Carey (Portugal)
Ray Dolan (UK)
Graeme Davis (USA) 
David Poeppel (USA) 
Naoshige Uchida (USA)

Symposia (a detailed daily program schedule will be published in November 2018)

1 - Individuality of perception and behavior through state and experience

Benjamin de Bivort (USA)

Benjamin de Bivort (USA)
Idiosyncratic odor representations and their relation to individual odor behaviors
Kenta Asahina (USA) Neural and genetic substrates that support action choice during aggressive interactions
Ilona Grunwald Kadow (Germany) Individual and state-dependent odor responses in dopaminergic neuron networks
Carlos Ribero (Portugal) How nutrients, neuronal circuits, and the microbiome shape nutritional decisions
Nilay Yapici (USA) Flexibility of neural circuits regulating foraging and food intake



2 - Sleep 2.0 – What novel animal models are teaching us about sleep


Giorgio Gilestro (UK)


Alex Keene (USA) Evolution of sleep in Tinaja cavefish
Dragana Rogulja (USA) Genetics and molecular effects of sleep deprivation in Drosophila
Manuel Zimmer (Austria) Brain dynamics during sleep and wakefulness
Giorgio Gilestro (UK) A Drosophila model of subconscious processing during sleep


3 - Encoding behaviour in subcortical circuits

Jan Gründemann (Switzerland)

Scott Sternson (USA) Neurobiology of need
Ian Duguid (UK) Thalamocortical control of skilled forelimb movement
Jan Gründemann (Switzerland) State and sensory coding in subcortical circuits
Tiago Branco (UK) Computation of instinctive escape decisions
Andreas Lüthi (Switzerland) Amygdala in action

4 - Genetic and functional cell-type diversity in cerebral cortex

Simon Hippenmeyer (Austria)


Laurent Nguyen (Belgium) Control of Mammalian Neurogenesis
Victor Tarabykin (Germany) Cell Fate Specification in Cerebral Cortex
Nathalie Spassky (France) Lineage of the Adult Stem Cell Niche
Simon Hippenmeyer (Austria) Principles Generating Cell-Type Diversity in Cerebral Cortex
Csaba Földy (Switzerland) Single-Cell Transcriptomic Survey of Neural Identity and Circuit Connectivity

5 - Neuroinflammation and disease progression: from animal models to human clinical translation

Sven G. Meuth (Germany)

Sven G. Meuth (Germany) Ion channel mediated mechanisms of inflammatory neurodegeneration
Frauke Zipp (Germany) Overexcitation in the brain - Ca2+ related pathways of neurodegeneration and maladaptation
Mathias Bähr (Germany) Inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases 
Heinz Wiendl (Germany) Deciphering progression in neuroinflammation: novel approaches to assess the human neuroimmunome

6 - Diversifying pre- and postsynaptic functions

Markus Missler (Germany)

Thomas Biederer (USA) Molecular diversity and synapse-type specific functions of trans-synaptic adhesion molecules
Stephan Sigrist (Germany) Rim-Binding Protein N-terminal region organizes active zone scaffold architecture and synaptic vesicle recruitment
Markus Missler (Germany) Diversification of presynaptic function by the α2δ auxiliary subunits of calcium channels
Olivier Thoumine (France) Role of neuroligin-1 phosphotyrosine signaling in excitatory synapse differentiation
Scott Soderling (USA) Charting the molecular and functional diversity of synapses in vivo


7 - Metabolics and Psychiatry

Robert Nitsch (Germany)

Johannes Vogt / Robert Nitsch (Germany) From fat to the brain: Role of bioactive lipid signaling at central synapses in psychiatric disorders
Tamas Horvath (USA) AgRP neurons control development of the prefrontal cortex
Bernhard T Baune (Australia) Genomic identification of metabolic targets and risk of failure to SSRI treatment response in depression
Udo Dannlowski (Germany) Neuroimaging the association of obesity and major depression

8 - The interface between cortical and brainstem rhythms

Nino Ramirez (USA) &  Stephan Schwarzacher (Germany)

Adriano Tort (Brazil) Respiratory rhythm as global organiser of cortical activity
Marlene Bartos (Germany) Role of synchronous rhythms in memory consolidation
Albrecht Stroh (Germany) Spatial temporal characteristics of rhythmic activity indifferent brainstates
Nino Ramirez (USA) Common principles of rhythm generation in cortex and brainstem

9 - The nano-world of synapses: Crossing the cleft

Dmitri Rusakov (UK)

Daniel Choquet (France) AMPAR trafficking and synapse function
Kirill Volynski (UK) Regulation of synaptic neurotransmitter release by synaptotagmin oligomerisation
Dmitri Rusakov (UK) Multiplexed imaging of quantal neurotransmitter release and calcium entry
Valentin Nägerl (France) Super-resolution shadow imaging of synaptic microenvironment


 10 - Neurobiology of autism spectrum disorder

Michael Schmeisser (Germany)

Gaia Novarino (Austria) Epigenetic mechanisms in autism spectrum disorder
Michael J. Schmeisser (Germany) Translational neuroanatomy in mouse models of autism spectrum disorder
Markus Woehr (Germany) Ultrasonic communication in rodent models for autism spectrum disorder
Christine Ecker (Germany) Translational neuroimaging in autism spectrum disorder


11 - Neural components for goal-directed behaviour

Thomas Mrsic-Flogel (UK)

Nuo Li (USA) Cerebello-cortical interactions during goal directed behaviour
Marcus Stephenson-Jones (UK) Circuits for reward expectation and prediction error in basal ganglia
Sonja Hofer (UK) Principles of thalamocortical processing
Florian Engert (USA) Sensorimotor transformations in zebrafish brain


12 - From Population to Neuron

Gunter Schumann (UK)

Gunter Schumann (UK) (tba)
Xu Jiayuan (China) (tba)
Sylvane Desrivieres (UK) (tba)
Akira Sawa (USA) (tba)



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