Programming and Reprogramming the Brain

03 April 2017 - 04 April 2017 Munich, Germany Open related link

Meeting topics​​​​​:
- Modeling human brain development from pluripotent stem cells
- Programming and maintenance of cell identity in the CNS
- Development-inspired reprogramming of the brain
- Decoding CNS complexity with single-cell resolution

Keynote speaker:
- Magdalena Götz (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany)

Confirmed speakers:
​​​​​​- Paola Arlotta (Harvard University, US)
- Benedikt Berninger (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)
- Silvia Cappello (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)
- Gordon Fishell (NYU Langone Medical Center, US)​
​- Francois Guillemot (The Francis Crick Institute, UK)
- Oliver Hobert (Columbia University, US)
- Sophie Jarriault (IGBMC, France)
- Guillermina López-Bendito (Instituto de Neurociencias, Spain)​
- Ana Martin-Villalba (German Cancer Research Center, Germany)
- Steven McCarroll (Harvard Medical School, US)
- Malin Parmar (Lund University, Sweden)​
- Kathrin Plath (University of California - Los Angeles, US)
- Barbara Treutlein (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
- Pierre Vanderhaeghen (Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, Belgium)

​​​​​​- Paola Arlotta (Harvard University, US)
- Benedikt Berninger (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)


19 April 2017 - 22 April 2017 Florence - Palazzo dei Congressi Open related link

Il 18° Congresso Mondiale di Psichiatria Dinamica di WADP “I processi creativi in psichiatria e psicoterapia”, avrà luogo a Firenze, a Palazzo dei Congressi, dal 19 al 22 aprile 2017.
Il Congresso si pone l’obiettivo di esplorare le dinamiche e le coordinate di sviluppo dei processi creativi, intesi in ogni loro declinazione, all’interno delle prassi di intervento, prevenzione e ricerca nella salute mentale, coinvolgendo tutte le figure professionali implicate e dedicando ampio spazio alle aree scientifico-culturali protagoniste di questa tematica affascinante, attuale e di ampio respiro.

L’organizzazione è stata affidata al nostro Ente, che terrà le fila dello sviluppo del progetto curando le relazioni con gli enti co-sponsor nazionali ed internazionali e gli Enti capofila che sono WADP (World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry ) e DAP (Deutsche Akademie für Psychoanalyse).


22 April 2017 - 29 April 2017 Certosa di Pontignano, Siena, Italy Open related link

This Advanced Course will focus on multi-scale aspects of the connectome and will cover the cellular basis of connectivity; large-scale data gathering and data analysis of whole brain connectivity across scales; data integration of multimodal connectome data; data-driven computational modeling and simulation at different scales of brain circuitry; the development of the connectome and its link to behavior and neurological disorders; predicting whole brain dynamics from the connectome; the relationship between the connectome and the diversity of brain states and experiences.

Advanced Course. Chronic Pain: Plasticity and Therapeutic Perspectives

13 May 2017 - 20 May 2017 Certosa di Pontignano, Siena. Open related link

Coordinator: A. Vania Apkarian
Northwestern University, Chicago. USA


Stephen McMahon, King’s College, London (UK)

Volker Neugebauer, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, USA

Giandomenico Iannetti, University College, London. UK

Marwan Baliki, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

Ulrike Bingel, University of Essen, Germany

Didier Bouhassira, INSERM, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

A. Vania Apkarian, Northwestern University, Chicago. USA

Accumulating evidence points to brain reorganization with chronic pain. Both human brain imaging studies as well as animal model studies specifically interrogating the role of supraspinal plasticity consistently emphasize the role of brain plasticity in chronic pain. It seems that the grey matter of the neocortex dynamically changes with chronic pain, and this reorganization is pain type specific. In parallel to the anatomical changes, brain functional properties change as well, and the best evidence for condition type functional reorganization is now documented in resting-state brain activity, where one can identify a core set of brain networks commonly disturbed with chronic pain, as well as condition-specific functional properties. Moreover, brain functional network properties provide a signature for existence and for emergence of chronic pain both in humans as well as in rodent models for pain chronification. This Advanced Course will gather world leaders in the field who will analyze and discuss upcoming scientific challenges with a small number of participants.


Advanced Course. Learning and Memory: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms

28 May 2017 - 04 June 2017 Certosa di Pontignano, Siena, Italy Open related link

Susumu Tonegawa, MIT, Cambridge. USA
Alcino J. Silva, University of California Los Angeles. USA


Richard Morris, Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, University of Edinburgh, UK

Susumu Tonegawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA & RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan

Alcino Silva, University of California Los Angeles, USA

Nicolas Bazan, LSU Center of Excellence in Neuroscience, New Orleans, USA

Matthew Wilson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Howard Eichenbaum, Center for Memory & Brain, Boston University, USA

Kate Jeffery, University College, London, UK

Recent ground-breaking developments in neuroscience, such as optogenetics, in vivo 2-photon confocal microscopy, head mounted microscopes, powerful new developments in modeling, behavioral neuroscience approaches, and sophisticated brain imaging tools, have changed dramatically studies of memory. Most importantly, these developments have fostered interdisciplinary studies that have led to integrated molecular, cellular, systems, cognitive and behavioral explanations of how memories are allocated, formed, consolidated, reconsolidated and retrieved. These studies have also led to mechanistic cross-disciplinary studies of memory disorders, which in some cases led to the development of targeted treatments that are changing how we imagine treating the considerable health burden associated with this large class of conditions. This Advanced Course will review these advances and introduce participants to the technologies and approaches critical to these studies.

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