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November 19-20, 2015 - London, UK
Building the brain: from genes to circuits and cognition

A 2-day meeting in London with a particular perspective comparing findings across different animals, model and non-model organisms

The aim of this conference is to discuss current progress on the genetics underlying the formation and function of the brain. In contrast to other contemporary conferences, a comparative and hence evolutionary perspective will be applied to review recent findings from major phyla of the animal kingdom to uncover conserved or divergent genetic mechanisms underlying the functional anatomy of the brain: from genes to circuits and cognition. To this aim, the program of invited speakers comprises a balance of specialists using non-model as well as classical invertebrate and vertebrate model organisms. Speakers have been chosen to cover the following areas:

– Functional anatomy of the brain: Genetics and evolution:
Evolutionary origin of the central nervous system and of brain modules; comparative anatomy of the brain; cellular organisation and cell number control; neural circuit topology; identification and visualization of circuits in action; experience-dependent structural plasticity and circuit remodelling.

– Genetics of behaviour and cognition:
Genes, cell lineages and the emergence of innate circuits and behaviors; adaptive motor behaviour; aggression and social behaviour; attention and decision making; genetics of language; learning and memory.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 18 September 2015
Abstract Submission is now open

Earlybird Registration Deadline: 16 October
Registration is now open

Alicia Hidalgo, University of Birmingham, UK
Frank Hirth, King’s College London, UK
Alan Ashworth, UCSF, USA
Pasko Rakic, Yale, USA
Detlev Arendt, EMBL, Germany
Benny Hochner, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
Corinne Houart, King’s College London, UK
Richard Benton, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Rui M Costa, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Portugal
Gaia Tavosanis, Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Germany
Gerhart Schratt, Marburg, Germany
Sten Grillner, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Patrick Callaerts, VIB Laboratory of Behavorial and Developmental Genetics, Belgium
Liliana Minichiello, University of Oxford, UK
Bruno Van Swinderen, University of Queensland, Australia
Birte Forstmann, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gene Robinson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Dianne Newbury, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, UK
Martin Heisenberg, University of Wuerzburg, Germany