Day 2 - 26 Aug, Thu



Day 2 - 26 Aug, Thu 

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

Riitta Hari

(chair: Inga Griskova-Bulanova)
Riitta Hari
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland


Our brains are tuned to social interaction that shapes us throughout the lifetime. Social interaction is complex but feels simple. During natural interaction, such as conversation, people spontaneously align and adapt their actions. Social touch and laughter modulate the release of endogenous opioids, likely supporting bonding between individuals. Since social interaction is the property of autonomous dyads rather than of single individuals, one cannot study social interaction without the presence of both partners. We thus need experimental settings for two-person neuroscience where the brains of two participants are scanned simultaneous. The most intriguing question concerns the primacy of social interaction: Is it the default that enables social cognition and mutual understanding rather than a property emerging from lower-level brain functions?

09:45 - 10:30 FENS Presidential lecture

Wolfram Schultz

(chair: Jean-Antoine Girault)
Wolfram Schultz
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK

Rewards are involved in learning, approach behaviour, economic choice and positive emotions. We use neurophysiological and behavioural methods in experimental designs based on animal learning theory and economic decision theory. We explore reward processing by dopamine neurones. Dopamine neurones carry a two-component reward prediction error signal that reflects the physical impact and the value of rewards,respectively. The reward signal codes formal economic utility and is influenced by risk. Slower components of the same neurones signal motor activation. The understanding is that the different reward centers in the brain need to cooperate for individuals to make optimal choices and maximise reward intake.

10:30 - 11:30 Live discussion


ALBA panel discussion: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Central and Eastern Europe in the 21st century: challenges and solutions


12:00 - 13:00 Symposia Learning by reinforcement  (chairs: Balázs Hangya, Sara Matias) The neural architecture of visual awareness  (chairs: Michał Wierzchoń, Marek Binder)
(chairs: VIlmantė Borutaitė, Guy C. Brown)
Abhishek Banerjee
Cognitive switches and sensory learning using value backpropagation
Kristian Sandberg
The neural architecture of visual awareness
Tomas Deierborg
Microglia phenotype in neurogenerative diseases and the role of galectin-3 in neuroinflammation in AD
Balázs Hangya
Reinforcement signals broadcast by neuromodulatory systems during associative learning
Nathan Faivre
Electrophysiological correlates of first and second-order consciousness
Grzegorz Czapski / Joanna Strosznajder
Microglia, neuroinflammation and gene transcription in Alzheimer’s disease
Angela Langdon
The ubiquity of model-based reward prediction in the dopamine system
Chen Song
What constitutes an optimal brain architecture? The role of sensory processing versus sleep
Guy C. Brown
Microglial phagocytosis of live neurons and synapses in neurodegeneration
Yang Yang
Heterogeneity of cholinergic activities during visual discrimination learning
Marek Binder
Modulation of auditory steady-state responses by the fluctuations in the state of consciousness
Vilmante Borutaite
Extracellular tau-induced microglia-mediated neuronal death
13:00 - 15:00 Poster session




15:00 - 16:00 Symposia

How a society journal handles your paper. The peer review process and beyond (chair: Juan Lerma)

Juan Lerma
John Foxe
How a society journal handles your paper. The peer review process and beyond

Special interest event by the CHET committee: Career pathways in neuroscience and training opportunities.

This Special Interest Event is dedicated for students and early career scientists participating at FENS Regional Meeting 2021 (FRM2021) interested to interact with inspiring representatives from business, publishing, industry and public sectors, all sharing a neuroscience background. Our speakers will reveal how their neuroscience background successfully contributed to their career-paths.                                                                                                        

Promoting continuity of international collaboration in animal neuroscience research

Moderated by Anna Mitchell (FENS Committee on Animals in Research, Oxford Neuroscience), this debate will aim to examine the benefits of international scientific collaboration and identify current challenges and opportunities including 3Rs strategies that are relevant for researchers working with animal models. The event will feature talks from Kirk Leech (European Animal Research Association) and Frances Wiseman (UK Dementia Research Institute) and will be followed by a live Q&A session.
16:00 - 16:45 Konorski Award Ceremony


Konorski Award Ceremony


16:45 - 17:30 Plenary lecture

Arturas Petronis

(chair: Osvaldas Rukšėnas)
Arturas Petronis  
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario, Canada and Institute of Biotechnology, Life Sciences Center, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania


In addition to genetics and environment, disease phenotypes are shaped by epigenetic modifications. Progress in uncovering the epigenetic basis of disease, however, depends on how well we understand the fundamental principles of epigenomic regulation. Our group has recently discovered that epigenetically modified cytosines oscillate in a circadian (or diurnal) fashion. I will provide a series of reasons indicating that malfunction of circadian regulation, one of the oldest and nearly universal adaptive mechanism, can help understanding a number of clinical and molecular findings in psychiatric diseases. Since circadian and epigenetic parameters can be modified by diet, lifestyle, and medications, therapeutic interventions rectifying circadian aberrations may be used to reduce disease risk, or at least delay its age of onset.

17:30 - 18:30 Symposia Animal models of drug abuse - towards new neuronal mechanisms and high translational value  (chairs: Katarzyna Radwańska, Anna Beroun) Brain imaging in neuropsychiatric disorders: innovation and translation  (chair: João Valente Duarte) Cortical Interneurons: from birth to networks  (chairs: Domna Karagogeos, Myrto Denaxa)
Yavin Shaham
Reverse-translational models of drug relapse: behavior, pharmacology, circuits, and treatment implications
Kym Young
fMRI amygdala neurofeedback for Major Depressive Disorder
Lynette Lim
Developmental trajectories of cortical inhibitory neurons
David Belin
Biobehavioural basis of the flexible inflexibility that characterises maladaptive drug-seeking at relapse
João Valente Duarte
Structural and functional imaging biomarkers of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia
Myrto Denaxa

Mechanisms controlling the postnatal development of cortical interneurons

Anna Beroun
Amygdalar silent synapses in appetitive learning and addiction
Sandra Vieira
Neurofind: using deep learning to identify abnormal brain structural patterns in neuropsychiatric disorders
Theo Karayannis
The integration of upper layer cortical interneurons into the cortical circuits
Roberto Pagano
ARC in the amygdala prevents compulsive alcohol seeking
Pedro Morgado
Automated analysis of free speech as a marker of neuroimaging findings in individuals with OCD
Juan Burrone
The emergence and plasticity of axo-axonic synapses at the axon initial segment
18:45 - 19:30 Social Event


ALBA social: Navigating academia as an LGBTQIA+ neuroscientist


Day 2 - Full programme in PDF