Wiring the Brain:Making Connections (WTB2011)

Venue: Ritz Carlton

Location: Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, Ireland

Event Date/Time: Apr 12, 2011 End Date/Time: Apr 15, 2011
Registration Date: Apr 05, 2011
Early Registration Date: Jan 15, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 11, 2011
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The principal aim of this meeting is to bring together scientists from what have traditionally been separate disciplines, including developmental neurobiology, psychiatric and neurological genetics, molecular, cellular and systems neuroscience and cognitive science. The main theme is to explore how brain connectivity is established, what happens to circuit and network function when the underlying processes go wrong and how this can lead to psychiatric and neurological disease.

The programme for the 2011 meeting will run over 4 days, starting on the evening of April 12th with an opening reception and first keynote lecture. All sessions will end on the evening of Friday the 15th. Tuesday the 12th and Saturday the 16th are designated travel days.

Session themes will include:

•Making connections – the genetics and molecular mechanisms of synaptic connectivity and its implication in disease, such as autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia.
•Assembling circuits – network-level and experience-dependent mechanisms of circuit assembly
•From genotype to phenotype – exploring genetic architecture and pathogenic mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders, integrating cell biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, neuroimaging and behaviour from model organisms to humans.
•Developmental trajectories – secondary and cascading effects of mutations over development, homeostasis, epigenetics, interplay with maturational processes
•Connectivity - exploring the structural and functional attributes of large-scale brain networks, their development and new methods to visualise them.
•From brain to mind – understanding the structure and function of neuronal microcircuits and larger networks and how they mediate behaviour, perception and cognition.

Keynote Lectures:

Gyorgy Buzsaki, Rutgers University
Carla Shatz, Stanford University,
Chris Walsh, Harvard Medical School

Plenary Speakers:

Rosa Cossart, INSERM U901, Université de la Méditerranée, Marseilles
Ricardo Dolmetsch, Stanford University
Michael Gill, Trinity College Dublin
Melissa Hines, University of Cambridge
Josh Huang, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
Heidi Johansen-Berg, University of Oxford
Mark Johnson, Birkbeck College
Maria Karayiorgou, Columbia University
Isabelle Mansuy, University of Zurich
Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, University of Heidelberg
Bita Moghaddam, University of Pittsburgh
Tomas Paus, University of Nottingham
Linda Richards, Queensland Brain Institute
Guy Rouleau, Université de Montréal
Klaas Stephan, University of Zurich
Akira Sawa, Johns Hopkins University
Bradlay Schlaggar, Washington University, St Louis
Pierre Vanderhaeghen, University of Brussels


Ritz Carlton
Co Wicklow

Additional Information

Registration is open at http://www.wiringthebrain.com/registration.html