SNN2014

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  • "From the neuron to the mind and beyond"

    Venue

    Medical School, "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
  • "From the neuron to the mind and beyond"

    Sponsor stands

    30-minute coffee breaks where participants can interact with the sponsors at theirs stands.
  • "From the neuron to the mind and beyond"

    Poster sessions

    Moderated poster session with prizes for young neuroscientists.
  • "From the neuron to the mind and beyond"

    Plenary lectures

    Interactive talks in a relaxed atmosphere, bringing together junior and senior neuroscientists.

About

The Conference of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania 2014 (SNN2014), was held in Bucharest, October 23rd -25th 2014.

***SNN2014 is over. Thank you for your participation! A report is available at ./report

VENUE

Bucharest is a capital city with easy international access and reliable public transport. The meeting venue is the historical building of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, located within a 20-minute walk from Bucharest old town center.

Previous experience with the venue showed it is perfectly adequate to host a meeting of SNN2014 magnitude (expected around 150-200 participants). Apart for auditoriums with all the necessary audio-video presentation equipment, it offers large halls for poster presentations and sponsor exhibitions.

The archive photos featured in the slider above were taken at our last year event, SNN2013, organized at the same venue. For further information about our very successful SNN2013, please see  http://snn2013.snn.ro

SCIENCE

SNN2014 will have the general theme of “From the neuron to the mind and beyond”. This theme was selected especially to address the wide range of interests of the Romanian neuroscientists. International participation is ensured by partnership with the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). English and Romanian are both official languages of SNN2014. All SNN2014 printed materials (abstract book etc) will be in English. Plenary speakers are recommended to have their slides in English even if they choose to have their talk in Romanian. The recommended language for posters is English to facilitate the prize evaluation by our international committee.

It should be noted that, although the meeting will be held at the Medical School, the neurobiology of disease/ clinical neuroscience will not be the sole focus of the meeting. Priority will be given also to fundamental neuroscience topics.

Learning from past experience, to enhance networking opportunities, at SNN2014 we plan to keep 30-minute coffee breaks, and organize an engaging social program.

REGISTRATION

With the help of our sponsors and partners we are proud to announce that THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE for SNN members, as well as for members of SNN partner organizations: Romanian Neurological Society (SNR), Romanian society for electrodiagnostic neurophysiology (ASNER), Scientific Society of the Medical Students (SOMS) and the Italian Society for Neuroscience (SINS).

If you are a member of SNN a partner organization member or an invited faculty you benefit of free registration. Otherwise, the registration fee is 45 Euro (200 RON) for junior scientists (students, PhD Students and early career Post-Docs-first 3 years after PhD) and 100 Euro (450 RON) for senior scientists.

The registration fee includes access to the scientific program, the conference bag (contains the printed program and abstract book), attendance diploma, the coffee breaks and the welcome cocktail on Thursday.

The social program including the faculty lunch on Friday, evening cocktail on Friday and the Friday-night student party require special registration. Details will be available in October pending on the number of interested participants.

Please note that:

1) If you are a SNN member and you wish to benefit of the free registration, please make sure that you have your membership dues for 2014 paid before October 1st. If you are not a SNN member and you wish to become a SNN member, please submit your membership application by October 1st, then you can benefit of free registration at SNN2014. As per the current statute, your membership will be confirmed after the General Assembly which will be held during SNN2014.

2) If you are an organization interested in neuroscience and you wish to partner with SNN to offer your members free registration at SNN2014 it is still time. Please contact us as soon as possible at contact@snn.ro.

3) If you are a private company /organization wishing to showcase your products and services to the broad Romanian and international neuroscience community attending SNN2014, we have still some advertising space available. Please contact us as soon as possible at contact@snn.ro to reserve yours.

ABSTRACTS AND POSTER PRIZES

The abstracts will be published as a special issue of “Physiology” (ISSN 1223-2076 Printed version, e-ISSN 2247-2061, ISSN-L 1223-2076).

Registered participants are encouraged to submit a scientific abstract for SNN2014. The abstract should be written in English not exceeding 250 words.

The default presentation format is poster. We can guarantee display boards to accommodate posters printed in A0 format (90 cm x 120 cm). The recommended poster orientation is landscape. Posters should be displayed for the entire duration of the meeting. There will be a special moderated poster-walk session on Friday. Prizes will be awarded to the best 3 posters. The prizes will be announced during the closing ceremony on Saturday.

Please note that plenary speakers are also kindly requested to submit their abstract and short biosketch by October 1st, to ensure inclusion in the abstract book.

TRAVEL GRANTS

Submitting an abstract is a requirement to apply for a travel grant. Further requirements include a short biosketch and motivation statement. This year we offer 5 travel grants for junior scientists (students, PhD Students and Post-Docs up to 35 years of age) to cover the transport costs to Bucharest. The grants are up to 300 Euro each. The money will be reimbursed onsite, pending documentation of the travel costs (i.e. a printout of the air e-ticket, train ticket etc).

ACCOMMODATION

For our invited faculty and SNN2014 exhibitors, SNN negotiated attractive prices at Hotel Siqua (http://www.hotelsiqua.ro), a **** hotel in walking distance of of the meeting venue for the 3 nights: October 23-24-25. There are few other rooms available for other registered participants. If you are interested to hear more about this offer, please tick the appropriate field during the registration process and we will get back to you asap.

***SNN2014 is over. Thank you for your participation! A report is available at ./report

PROGRAM

The SNN2014 program will build and expand on the already proven SNN2013 3-day structure. SNN2014 will consist of 7 mini-symposia , about 90-minutes each. This structure was chosen to cover the broad interest of Romanian scientists, “From the neuron to the mind and beyond”. Each session will be organized and chaired by a Romanian opinion leader in the specific field together with at least one invited lecturer from abroad. For further information, please explore the “Featured speakers”/ “Feature presentations” below.

SNN2014 –  Program

Thursday, October 23, 2014

15:00-16:00 Satellite technical demonstrations with support from technical exhibitors – BIOPAC Workshop

16:00 Registration & Poster Mounting

16:45 Presidential address (Mihai Moldovan)

17:00-18:30 SESSION 1 – Opening session: “Neuroscience and society” (Chair, Leon ZAGREAN, SNN honorary president)

From Cartesian dualism to social neurosciences – Leon ZAGREAN (Bucharest, RO)

Witnesing awareness, changing the thinking patterns and self-directed neuroplasticity – Ovidiu BRAZDAU (Bucharest, RO)

The Neuroscience of emotions: from Charles Darwin to Gerald Edelman – Octavian BUDA (Bucharest, RO)

18:30–19:00 Round table on responsible use of animals in neuroscience research and implementation of CARE goals (Aurel Popa-Wagner)

19:00-20:00 General assembly of SNN members

20:00 Opening Cocktail at the conference venue.

Friday, October 24, 2014

8:30- 9:00 Poster viewing and welcome coffee

9:00-12:00 SESSION 2 Neurophysiology (Chair, Mihai Moldovan)

Neurotransmitter transporters unveil hidden features of synaptic physiology – Fiorenzo CONTI (Ancona, IT; SINS president)

Prefrontal cortical minicolumn: from executive control to disrupted cognitive processing- Ioan OPRIS (NC, USA)

Intracranial electroencephalographic studies in human epilepsies – Ioana MINDRUTA (Bucharest, RO; ASNER vice-president)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Practopoiesis – Danko NIKOLIC (Max Plank, Frankfurt, DE)

Membrane resonance enables stable and robust gamma oscillations – Raul MURESAN (Cluj-Napoca, RO)

Emerging trends in monitoring the comatose brain – Mihai MOLDOVAN (Bucharest, RO)

12:00-13:00 Satellite technical demonstrations with support from technical exhibitors – GTEC & ELECTROSTIM Workshop

13:00-14:00 Poster viewing / Lunch cocktail

14:00-15:40 SESSION 3 – Aging and the brain (Chair, Aurel POPA-WAGNER; SNN Vice-President)

Brain reserve and post-stroke depresion in the aged- Aurel POPA-WAGNER (Craiova, RO)

Stem cells and ischemic stroke in the aged – Zaal KOKAIA (Lund, SE)

Neuroimmune-induced plasticity of the circadian timekeeping system – Andrew COOGAN (Kildare, IR)

Does the juvenile brain can rescue the old brain? – Ana-Maria BUGA (Craiova, RO)

15:40-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Satellite technical demonstrations with support from technical exhibitors – ARTINIS & TEMCO Workshop

17:00-19:00 SESSION 4 – Circuits (Chair, Bogdan Ovidiu POPESCU; SNR future president)

Abnormal cortical wiring during development as substrate of disease-related cognitive impairment – Ileana HANGANU-OPATZ (Hamburg, DE)

Optogenetic manipulation of neural circuits – Adriana DABACAN (Cluj-Napoca, RO)

Cerebello-cortical network and motor disorders – Daniela POPA (Paris, FR)

Congo red analogues inhibit the aggregation of tau and amyloid ß in vitro – Gustavo BASURTO-ISLAS (Mexico city, MX)

Modulation of striatal microcircuit activity – Tommas ELLENDER (Oxford, UK)

Blood-brain alteration impact on neurodegeneration – Bogdan Ovidiu POPESCU (Bucharest, RO)

20:00 Social Program & Dinner

Saturday, October 25, 2014

8:00 Poster viewing and welcome coffee

9:00-11:00 SESSION 5 – Altered neuronal excitability (Chair, Tibor SZILÁGYI; Tirgu Mures, RO)

EEG activity in deep sleep and anesthetic coma. What is different? – Florin AMZICA (Montreal, CA)

Behavioural pattern and hippocampal reorganization in rats with temporal lobe epilepsy – Orban-Kis KAROLY (Tirgu Mures, RO)

Effects of sodium channel stabilization in inactivated state on hippocampal network excitability in vitro – Gáll ZSOLT (Tirgu Mures, RO)

The multiple facets of GABAergic signalling in neonatal epilepsy – Andrei ILIE (Oxford, UK)

Ictal offset patterns and post-ictal dynamics in focal epilepsies – a SEEG study – Mihai MALAIA (Bucharest, RO)

Optical Coherence Tomography – Special Applications – Adrian Tudor BALSEANU (Craiova, RO)

11:00-12:00 – Satellite technical demonstrations with support from technical exhibitors – MEDIST & LEICA

12:00-12:30 Lunch cocktail & Coffee

12:30-14:00 SESSION 6 –Cognition (Chair, Ana-Maria ZAGREAN Bucharest, RO; SNN Secretary)

Dynamics in cognitive ageing – Monicque LORIST (Groningen, NL)

Metabolic substrates of the age-associated cognitive impairment – Emil TOESCU (Birmingham, UK)

Sleep, learning and memory: off-line neural reactivations – Irina CONSTANTINESCU (Iasi, RO)

The influence of image rotation on ambiguous stimuli perception – reinventing the STROOP test – Liana Kobylinska (Bucharest, RO)

14:00-15:30 SESSION 7 – Plasticity (Chair, Alexandru BABES, Bucharest, RO)

Adjusting to neuronal hyperexcitability: from structure to function, Winnie WEFELMEYER (London, UK)

Cannabinoid-induced actomyosin contractility shapes neuronal morphology and growth – Damien CARREL (Paris, FR)

Activation of the polymodal receptor TRPA1 by UV light is mediated by reactive oxygen species – Alexandru BABES (Bucharest, RO)

Microglia motility in the normal, altered and treated brain – Bogdan CATALIN (Craiova, RO)

Neurolipidomic studies about carbohydrate-linked lipids from biological matrices using advanced mass spectrometry techniques – Alina SERB (Timisoara, RO)

Cortical connectivity during xenon versus isofluran anesthesia in rats – Bogdan PAVEL  (Bucharest, RO)

15:30-16:00 Poster Award Ceremony for Junior Scientists. Closing remarks

 

Featured Speakers

MonicqueLorist

Monicque LORIST

Monicque LORIST

Professor of Psychology at the University of Groningen,  Netherlands

Dynamics in cognitive ageing

FiorenzoConti

Fiorenzo CONTI

Fiorenzo CONTI

MD, Professor of Physiology at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine of the Università Politecnica delle Marche, and Director of the Center of Neurobiology of Aging of the National Institute of Aging (INRCA IRCCS) President Elect of the Italian Society of Neuroscience (SINS).

Neurotransmitter transporters unveil hidden features of synaptic physiology

FlorinAmzica

Florin AMZICA

Florin AMZICA

Professeur agrégé, Département de neurosciences
Faculté de médecine
Université de Montréal, Canada

EEG activity in deep sleep and anesthetic coma. What is different?

zaalkokaia

Zaal KOKAIA

Zaal KOKAIA

Professor and Director of Lund Stem Cell Center
University Hospital, Lund, Sweden

Stem cells and ischemic stroke in the aged

AlexandruBabes

Alexandru BABES

Alexandru BABES

Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biophysics,
Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Activation of the polymodal receptor TRPA1 by UV light is mediated by reactive oxygen species

AndreiIlie

Andrei ILIE

Andrei ILIE

Pstdoctoral fellow, University College, Akerman Lab, Department of Pharmacology,
Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

The multiple facets of GABAergic signalling in neonatal epilepsy

MihaiMoldovan

Mihai MOLDOVAN

Mihai MOLDOVAN

Assoc. Prof. Dr., Neuroscience and neurophysiology, SNN President
Copenhagen University, DK and “Carol Davila” University, RO

Emerging trends in monitoring the comatose brain

AnaMariaZagrean

Ana-Maria ZAGREAN

Ana-Maria ZAGREAN

Assoc. Prof., Dr., Physiology, SNN Secretary
Medical School, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Division of Physiology and Neuroscience, Bucharest, Romania

Oxytocin effect on immature vs. mature hippocampal cultures exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation

BogdanPopescu

Bogdan POPESCU

Bogdan POPESCU

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Neurology
future president of the Romanian Neurological Society (SNR), Bucharest, RO

Blood-brain alteration impact on neurodegeneration

Andrew-Coogan

Andrew COOGAN

Andrew COOGAN

Senior researcher, Department of Psychology
John Hume Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Neuroimmune-induced plasticity of the circadian timekeeping system

 

 

AnaMariaBuga

Ana-Maria BUGA

Ana-Maria BUGA

Senior Assitant Prof. Biochemistry,
University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova, Romania

Does the juvenile brain can rescue the old brain?

AurelPopaWagner

Aurel POPA-WAGNER

Aurel POPA-WAGNER

Professor, Aging and Psychiatric Disorders Group,
Rostock University Medical School, Rostock, Germany

Brain reserve and post-stroke depresion in the aged

DanielaPopa

Daniela POPA

Daniela POPA

INERM researcher,
Institut de Biologie de l’EcoleNormale Superieure, Paris, France

From cerebellar circuitry to cerebello-cortical loops

LeonZagrean

Leon ZAGREAN

Leon ZAGREAN

Professor Dr. of Physiology, Honorary SNN President,
Medical School, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Division of Physiology and Neuroscience, Bucharest, Romania

From knowledge to consciousness

HanganuOpatz

Ileana HANGANU-OPATZ

Ileana HANGANU-OPATZ

W2-Professor at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Developmental Neurophysiology, Center for Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH), Hamburg, Germany

Abnormal cortical wiring during development as substrate of disease-related cognitive impairment

EmilToescu

Emil TOESCU

Emil TOESCU

Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, Dr. Neurotrauma and Neurodegeneration
School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences ,University of Birmingham, UK

Metabolic substrates of the age-associated cognitive impairment

IoanOpris

Ioan OPRIS

Ioan OPRIS

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology,
Wake Forest University Health Sciences, USA

Prefrontal cortical minicolumn: from executive control to disrupted cognitive processing

DankoNikolic

Danko NIKOLIC

Danko NIKOLIC

Professor, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany

Practopoiesis

RaulMuresan

Raul MURESAN

Raul MURESAN

Coneural, Romanian Institute of Science and Technology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Membrane resonance enables stable and robust gamma oscillations

GustavoBASURTOISLAS

Gustavo BASURTO ISLAS

Gustavo BASURTO ISLAS

Research Professor
Departamento de Ciencias Naturales
UAM-Cuajimalpa México DF.

Congo red analogues inhibit the aggregation of tau and amyloid β in vitro

AdrianaDabacan

Adriana DABACAN

Adriana DABACAN

Romanian Institute for Science and Technology, Cluj Napoca, RO;
Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Cluj Napoca, RO;

Optogenetic manipulation of neural circuits

Featured presentations

IoanOpris

Ioan OPRIS

Prefrontal cortical minicolumn: from executive control to disrupted cognitive processing

The prefrontal cortex of the primate brain has a modular architecture based on the aggregation of neurons in minicolumnar arrangements having afferent and efferent connections distributed across many brain regions to represent, select and/or maintain behavioural goals and executive commands. Prefrontal cortical microcircuits are assumed to play a key role in the perception to action cycle that integrates relevant information about environment, and then selects and enacts behavioural responses. Thus, neurons within the interlaminar microcircuits participate in various functional states requiring the integration of signals across cortical layers and the selection of executive variables. Recent research suggests that executive abilities emerge from corticocortical interactions between interlaminar prefrontal cortical microcircuits, whereas their disruption is involved in a broad
spectrum of neurologic and psychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and drug addiction. The focus of this review is on the structural, functional and pathological approaches involving cortical minicolumns. Based on recent technological progress it has been demonstrated that microstimulation of infragranular cortical layers with patterns of microcurrents derived from supragranular layers led to an increase in cognitive performance. This suggests that interlaminar prefrontal cortical microcircuits are playing a causal role in improving cognitive performance. An important reason for the new interest in cortical modularity comes from both the impressive progress in understanding anatomical, physiological and pathological facets of cortical microcircuits and the promise of neural prosthetics for patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Contact us

President of the organizing committee:

Mihai Moldovan M.D. Ph.D.
President of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Division of Physiology & Fundamental Neuroscience
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
050474 Bucharest, Romania
Tel/Fax: +4021 3120880
contact@snn.ro

Members of the organizing committee:

Leon Zagrean, M.D. Ph.D.
Honorary president of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Division of Physiology & Fundamental Neuroscience
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
050474 Bucharest, Romania
Tel/Fax: +4021 3120880
E-mail: leon.zagrean@gmail.com

Aurel Popa-Wagner, Ph.D.
Vice-President of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Aging and Psychiatric Disorders Group
Rostock University Medical School
Gehlsheimer Straße 20
D-18147 Rostock, Germany
Phone: +49-381-494-9686
Fax: +49-381-494-9639
Email: aurel.popa-wagner@med.uni-rostock.de

Andrei C. Miu, Ph.D.
Board Member of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory,
Department of Psychology,
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, CJ 400015, Romania
Email: andreimiu@psychology.ro

Alexandru Babes, Ph.D.
Department of Animal Physiology and Biophysics,
Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest,
Phone: +40-21-3181570
Fax: +40-21-3181573
050095, Bucharest, Romania
alex@biologie.kappa.ro

Secretary of the organizing committee:

Ana-Maria Zagrean, MD, PhD
Secretary of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania
Division of Physiology & Fundamental Neuroscience
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
050474 Bucharest, Romania
Tel/Fax: +4021 3120880
E-mail: azagrean@umf.ro

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