Day 1 - 25 Aug, Wed

CEST (UTC+2)

Event

Day 1 - 25 Aug, Wed 

(updated April 30th, 2021)
09:00 - 09:45 IBRO PERC lecture

Jürgen Knoblich

(chair: Ewelina Knapska)

Jürgen Knoblich 

IMBA - Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Science Vienna, Austria

 

The human brain is unique in size and complexity, but also the source of some of the most devastating human diseases. While many of these disorders have been successfully studied in model organisms, recent experiments have emphasized unique features that can not easily be modeled in animals. We use cerebral organoids to recapitulate those features in vitro and to test their role in human disease. Cerebral organoids derived from patients suffering from neuro-developmental disease can recapitulate the developmental defects leading to those diseases and allow us to disentangle the mechanistic complexity of disorders like Epilepsy and Autism. Our new data demonstrate that by studying those defects, we can gain unique insights into the development of the human cortex that cannot be made in rodent model organisms.

09:45 - 10:30 Plenary lecture

Naomi Anne Fineberg

(chair: Julius Burkauskas)

Naomi Anne Fineberg

University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Rosanne House, Welwyn Garden City, UK

 

The Internet is now all-pervasive. While its many positive uses have been demonstrated to the full during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, a proportion of the public develop Problematic Use of the Internet (PUI), an umbrella term incorporating a range of repetitive impairing behaviours including excessive and compulsive video gaming, gambling, compulsive sexual behaviour, buying,streaming, cyberchondria or social networks use. There is growing public and national health authority concern about the health and societal costs of PUI across the lifespan. Gaming Disorder isnow included as a mental disorder in the newly released ICD-11. However, more research is needed into disorder definitions, validation of clinical tools, prevalence, clinical parameters, brain-basedbiology, socio-health-economic impact, and empirically validated intervention and policy approaches. Potential cultural differences in the magnitudes and natures of types and patterns of PUI need to bebetter understood, to inform optimal health policy and service development. In this lecture, I will review the landscape from the perspective of key research priorities.

10:30 - 11:30 Live discussion

 

Naomi A. Fineberg and Zsolt Demetrovics

Internet addiction: Learning to deal with problematic usage of the Internet

12:00 - 13:00 Symposia Gut, microbiota and the brain (chair: Aurelijus Burokas) The synaptic bases of mental diseases (chair: Camilla Bellone) Perspectives of brain stimulation for memory (chair: Jovana Bjekić)
Harriet Schellekens
Novel insights into
microbiota-gut-brain
signalling in reward and obesity
 
Stephan Eliez
Neurodevelopmental markers of early transition to psychosis in 22q11 Deletion Syndrome
Daria Antonenko
Individual differences in electric fields induced by transcranial electrical stimulation
Filipe De Vadder
Shaping a second brain in
the bowel: a microbial perspective in the context of malnutrition
Alan Carleton
Analysis of microcircuit dysfunctions in animal models of psychiatric disorders
Justin Riddle
Causal role of cross-frequency coupling in cognitive control
Matteo M. Pusceddu 
Microbiota-gut-brain axis, stress and behavior
Marie Scher
Measuring neurodevelopmental trajectories of preschoolers with autism
Jovana Bjekić
Personalized frequency-modulated oscillatory tDCS for memory enhancement
Aurelijus Burokas
Targeting the microbiota-gut-brain axis in Alzheimer’s disease
Camilla Bellone
Neuronal mechanisms underlying social deficits in animal models of Autims Spectrum Disorders
Marco Sandrini
Modulation of episodic memory in aging
13:00 - 15:00 Poster session

 

 

 

15:00 - 16:00 Special Events EJN Best Publication Award 2021 Lecture (chairs: Antoine Adamantidis, Paola Bovolenta) How to maximize benefit from good research practice? (chairs: Anton Bespalov, Malgorzata Pietraszek) FENS - outreach Brain Awareness (Brain Awareness Week)
Debra J. Skene
Metabolomics of sleep deprivation: sex differences
Thomas Steckler
Negatives are positives: how to publish negative data
 
Ulrich Schüller
TCF4 in development and tumorigenesis of the central nervous system
Chantelle Ferland-Beckham
Raising the bar: the role of funder in rewarding high-quality research
 
 
Valentina Vengeliene
Research quality from the perspective of academia
 
 
Małgorzata Pietraszek
High quality standards as a vehicle to attract collaboration
 
16:00 - 16:45 Mentoring session

 

To be announced soon

 

16:45 - 17:30 Plenary lecture

Amita Sehgal

(chair: Elżbieta Pyza)
Amita Sehgal
HHMI, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

 

The function of sleep remains a mystery.  There is universal agreement that lack of sleep impairs performance, especially cognitive ability, during waking hours and considerable evidence supports adverse effects of sleep loss on other physiological parameters as well.  Thus, sleep may be regarded as important for waking function.  However, what happens during sleep to facilitate wake performance and promote health?  Some studies posit that replay of wake experiences is specific brain regions during sleep helps in memory consolidation, but it is likely that sleep affects fundamental physiology on a brain-wide and perhaps even body-wide level. Ongoing research seeks to address this question by investigating cellular and molecular processes impacted by sleep.

17:30 - 18:30 Symposia Circadian clocks: more beyond neurons (chairs: Gabriella Mazzotta, Milena Damulewicz) Impact of early life experience on prefrontocor-tical circuits (chairs: Marzena Maćkowiak, Juan Nacher) Female brain as a target of sex hormones (chair: Ramunė Grikšienė)
Erik Herzog
Circadian astrocytes: Networked in cortex and cancer
Marzena Maćkowiak
Epigenetic regulation in the prefrontal cortex: relevance to schizophrenia
Rachel G. Zsido
No more stigma, it’s science: Joint dynamics of menstrual cycle and brain structure
Davide Tonelli
Exploring mechanisms of microRNA rhythms in the mouse cerebral cortex
Juan Nacher
Impact of early aversive experiences on the structure, connectivity and plasticity of prefrontocortical neurons
Esmeralda Hidalgo-Lopez

Dynamic causal modelling of the menstrual cycle: predicting ovulation from brain connectivity

Cristiano Bertolucci
How fish “sense” the light? Fish as model to study the deep brain photoreception
Laurence Coutellier
Adolescent stress and disruption of prefrontal inhibitory maturation.
Erika Comasco
Progesterone antagonism beneficial for premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Gabriella Mazzotta
Cryptochrome: the dark side of a circadian photoreceptor comes to light
Naguib Mechawar
Child abuse associates with increased recruitment of perineuronal nets in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex
Ann-Christin Kimmig
Investigating effects of oral contraceptives on women’s intra and intersexual social behaviours
18:45 - 19:30 Social Event

 

To be announced

 

Day 1 - Full programme in PDF