Previous seminars at the DNF

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Thursday, May 30, 2024 Sara C. Mednick, UC Irvine, USA: Considering sleep as a limited resource, competitive arena for offline cognitive processing Invited by Anita Lüthi
Monday, April 29, 2024
Informal seminar
Gil Vantomme, Dép. of Neurology, Standford University, USA: Beyond Seizure Control: Identifying Deficits in Cognitive Networks in Absence Seizure Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Gina Turrigiano, Dept of Biology, Brandeis University, USA: Keeping Your Brain in Balance: Homeostatic Regulation of Network Function

& Sacha NelsonDept of Biology, Brandeis University, USA: Clock genes constrain homeostatic plasticity, 

Invited by Manuel Mameli & Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Ivan De Araujo, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany: Brain-Body Communication and the Regulation of Emotional Behaviors
Invited by the Reprensentatives & Anita Lüthi
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Cancelled !
Volker Haucke, FMP BERLIN, Germany: How the presynapse forms and functions Invited by Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Angela Giangrande, IGBMC, University of Strasbourg, France: Of glia and macrophages, signaling hubs in development and homeostasis Invited by Claudia Bagni
Thursday, February 8, 2024 Tommaso Patriarchi, Inst Pharm&Toxicol, UZH, CH: “A next-generation optical toolkit to study GPCR signaling in vivo” Invited by Anita Lüthi & Manuel Mameli
Thursday, February 1, 2024 Claire Wyart, ICM, Paris, France: “A bottom up approach for analyzing circuits underlying navigation in vertebrates” Invited by Manuel Mameli
Friday, January 12, 2024 Unil Sleep Research Day

Guest speakers: Prof. Mehdi Tafti, DSB, UNIL and Dr. Caroline Lustenberger, ETH Zürich

Organized by L. Fernandez, A. Lüthi & Paul Franken


Thursday, December 7, 2023 Jean-Antoine Girault INSERM, Paris Dopamine, transcriptome, and new players in the reward game Invited by Manuel Mameli
Thursday, November 23, 2023 Flavio Donato Biozentrum Basel, Suisse Divergent Recruitment of Developmentally-Defined Neuronal Ensembles Supports Memory Dynamics Invited by Manuel Mameli & Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou
Thursday, November 9, 2023 Sami El Boustani University of Geneva Cortical circuits for goal-directed cross-modal transfer learning Invited by Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou & Manuel Mameli
Thursday,  November 2, 2023 Laure Seriot & Stephanie Claudinot University of Lausanne Possible new framework to come for animal experimentation (LS)
Implementing the 3Rs at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (SC)
Invited by the DNF Direction
Friday, October 6, 2023
Informal Seminar
Shankar B. Sachidhanandam Institute of Physiology, University of Bern Representation of sensory stimuli and mismatch in the mouse posterior parietal cortex Invited by Anita Lüthi & Manuel Mameli
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Annulé !
Gina Turrigiano & Sacha Nelson,
Neuroscience, Brandeis, USA   Invited by Manuel Mameli & Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou
Friday, September 15, 2023
DNF Symposium
Claudia Bagni, Richard Benton, Soyoung Park, Sonia Garel, Giovanni Marsicano, Laurent Nguyen, Beth Stevens, Sonja Vernes Multifaced Brain Communication Organized by Paola Bezzi & Manuel Mameli
Monday, July 10, 2023
Informal seminar
Julie Buron Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée
(Inmed) Marseille, France
A hypothalamus – brainstem neuronal network for oxytocinergic amplification of cardiorespiratory coupling Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, June 22, 2023 Hailan Hu Zhejiang University School of Medicine From Pecking Order to Ketamine – Neural mechanisms of social and emotional behaviors Invited by Manuel Mameli
Thursday, May 4, 2023 Romain Goutagny University of Strasbourg, France Decoding the hippocampal oscillatory complexity to predict behavior Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, March 9, 2023 Virginie Mansuy-Aubert Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Lausanne Neuronal sensing of gut microbe-derived metabolites and regulation of energy homeostasis Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, February 9, 2023 Markus Schmidt University of Bern REM sleep and the energy allocation hypothesis Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, January 26, 2023 Robert Froemke NYU Langone, USA Love, death, and oxytocin:
the challenges of mouse maternal care
Invited by Manuel Mameli
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 Boris Barbour Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS), Paris, France Searching for the algorithms of iterative motor learning involving the cerebellum Invited by DNF



Thursday, December 8th 2022 Valerio Zerbi
EPFL, School of Engineering (STI), Neuro-X Institute, Lausanne & CIBM Centre for Biomedical Imaging, Lausanne
Preclinical fMRI:
 “Why should we care and what it’s useful for”
Invited by Anita Lüthi & Manuel Mameli
Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 Andreas Keller Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel Restructuring cortical feedback circuits Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, September 15th, 2022 Nektarios Tavernarakis Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), Crete, Greece A proton inhibited DEG/ENaC ion channel maintains neuronal ionstasis and promotes neuronal survival under stress Invited by Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou & Claudia Bagni

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Antoine Adamantidis University of Bern Eyes wide shut, brain wide up!

Invited by Anita Lüthi & Manuel Mameli

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 Pavan Ramdya Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Reverse-engineering Drosophila behavior Invited by Manuel Mameli
Thursday, May 19th, 2022 Gabrielle Girardeau INSERM, Institut du Fer à Moulin, Paris, France Neural mechanisms for memory and emotional processing during sleep Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, May 12, 2022 Marc Freeman Vollum Institute, OHSU, Portland, USA How are nervous systems remodeled in complex metazoans? Invited by Lukas Neukomm & Claudia Bagni
Thursday, April 7th, 2022 Philippe Faure Sorbonne University Paris Seine Inter-individual variability in reward seeking and decision making: role of social life and consequence for vulnerability to nicotine  

Invited by Manuel Mameli

February 17th, 2022

Carolina Gutierrez Herrera Inselspital Bern Center for Experimental Neurology (ZEN) Dissecting sleep-wake circuitries in health and disease

Invited by Manuel Mameli & Anita Lüthi

Monday, February 14th,  2022
DNF Special Seminar

Cornelius Gross Epigenetics & Neurobiology Unit, EMBL Rome
European Molecular Biology Laboratory,

Via Ramarini 32
00015 Monterotondo, Italy

Acting on our instincts: understanding emotional decision-making

Invited by
Claudia Bagni

February 3rd,
Dual lecture


Oscar Marin
& Beatriz Rico

Department of Developmental Neurobiology,
King's College London

“Diversification of cortical inhibitory circuits” &
“Molecular program orchestrating the wiring of inhibitory circuitries”

Invited by
Claudia Bagni



Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Astrocytes and oxytocin interaction regulates amygdala neuronal network activity and related behaviors Alexandre Charlet, University of Strasbourg

Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Distinguished Lecture
Brain circuit dynamics in Action and Sleep
Gilles Laurent,  MPI of Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany

Invited by Manuel Mameli & Claudia Bagni

Thursday, November 11th, 2021 DELETED !

  Marta Moita,  Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling neural stem cell activity Sebastian Jessberger, Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Diversification of cortical inhibitory circuits & Molecular Programs orchestrating the wiring of inhibitory circuitries Oscar Marin & Beatriz Rico,  Department of Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Circuit investigation for anxiety and Parkinson’s disease pharmacotherapy Kelly Tan,  Biozentrum, University of Basel

Invited by Valentina Mercaldo  - PhD, postdoc & Tech Committee

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Distinguished Lecture Behavioral Phenotyping Strategies for Mouse Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Jacqueline N. Crawley, 

MIND Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis School of Medicine 


Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Neuronal autophagy promotes the hormonal
regulation of brain cognitive and metabolic
Franck Oury, Institut Necker-Enfants Malades (INEM), Paris, France

Invited by Julien Puyal

Thursday, September 16th, 2021 Exploring the neurogenetic basis of speech, language, and vocal communication Sonja Vernes, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen The Netherlands

Invited by Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 Sleep and Plasticity new insights
from in vivo calcium imaging
Niels Niethard,  University of Tübinger Invited by Anita Lüthi

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Mapping of brain network dynamics at rest with EEG microstates Christoph Michel,  Université de Genève

Invited by Anita Lüthi

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Handling multiple memories in the hippocampus network David Dupret,  MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, University of Oxford

Invited by Mauro Congiù - PhD, postdoc & Tech Committee

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 Postponed !

Exploring the neurogenetic basis of speech, language, and vocal communication Sonja Vernes,  Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen The Netherlands  

Invited by Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou

Thursday, May 27th, 2021 Postponed !

Development of hippocampal memory circuits Rosa Cossart, Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, May 20th,  2021

Retinal circuits for colour vision in a tetrachromate Tom Baden, University of Sussex, Sussex Neuroscience & School of Life Sciences, Brighton, UK

Invited by Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Blood is thicker than water Michael Brecht, Bernstein Center Berlin,Humboldt-Universität Berlin

Invited by Laura Fernandez - PhD, postdoc & Tech Committee

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

The potential of mRNA in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and rare genetic disorders Paolo Martini et Andrea Carfi,
Speakers from Moderna

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Circuit mechanisms for synaptic plasticity in the rodent somatosensory cortex Anthony Holtmaat,  University of Geneva

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Special Lecture. New Strategies and Approaches
to Tackle and Understand Neurological Disorders
Mauro Costa-Mattioli , Baylor College of Medecine, Houston, USA

Invited by Manuel Mameli & Claudia Bagni

Thursday, March 4th, 2021 Cellular and circuit-based mechanisms regulating daily sleep Steven Brown, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, The University of Zurich

Invited by Anita Lüthi

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Genome architecture and disease: the 16p11.2 paradigm
Alexandre Reymond, Center for Integrative Genomics, Unil, Lausanne

Invited by Manuel Mameli & Claudia Bagni

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Neural circuits for goal-directed sensorimotor transformation Carl Petersen,

EPFL, Lausanne

Invited by Manuel Mameli


Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Neuron-glia interactions in synapse degeneration in Alzheimer's disease Tara Spires-Jones, 

UK Dementia Research Institute at The University of Edinburgh, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, The University of Edinburgh 

Invited by Claudia Bagni and Manuel Mameli

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Neural basis of social motivation Camilla Bellone, Department of Fundamental Neuroscience
The University of Geneva

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 Distinguished Lecture

The cellular phase of Alzheimer’s Disease: from genes to cells Bart De Strooper, UK Dementia Research Institute, UCL, London
KU Leuven & VIB Center for Brain and Disease Research, Belgium

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Translating Neurotrophin Biology

to understand Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

Francis Lee, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, New York, USA

Invited by Vassiliki Nikiletopoulou

Wednesday May 27th, 2020

Creating Knowledge:
sleep, novelty and memories
Lisa Genzel, Donders Centre for Brain Cognition and Behavior, Nijmegen – The Netherlands

Invited by Anita Lüthi

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 Neural Dynamics of Memory Formation and Consolidation Michaël Zugaro, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology, College de France, Paris Invited by Anita Lüthi & Laura Fernandez

Séminaire informel
Monday, February 24th, 2020

The effect of sleep on auditory processing Yaniv Sela, PhD student, Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University

Invited by Anita Lüthi

Informal seminar
Friday, February 14th, 2020
The borderland between wakefulness and sleep David Schreier, Department of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital Invited by Anita Lüthi

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

GABAergic abnormalities in the fragile X syndrome to the rescue Frank Kooy, University of Antwerp, Belgique

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Thalamic Calcium Waves Regulate the Development & Plasticity of Sensory Cortical Maps Guillermina Lopez-Bendito, Developmental Neurobiology Unit
Institute of Neuroscience (IN), Alicante, Spain

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Dynamic encoding of behavioral states
in amygdala circuits
Andreas Lüthi, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Basel, Switzerland
Invited by Claudia Bagni & Manuel Mameli


Thursday,  December 12th, 2019
Distinguished Lecture

Neural circuits for anxious actions:
The emerging role of mitochondria
Carmen Sandi, EPFL, Lausanne, Suisse Invited by C. Bagni

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Cells and Circuits for Head Direction Coding: Neuronal
Properties and Synaptic Interactions in the mouse
Desdemona Fricker, Uni­ver­sité Paris Descartes, France

Invited by A. Lüthi

Event cancelled

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

CB1 receptor signaling in the brain: a tale of when and where Giovanni Marsicano, Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux, France

Invited by M. Mameli

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Noradrenergic modulation in the forebrain: implication for cognitive functions Oxana Eschenko, MPI of Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen

Invited by A. Lüthi

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Regulation of synaptic inhibition by multi-protein GABAB receptor complexes Bernhard Bettler, Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Suisse

Invited by J.-Y. Chatton

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Mapping brain circuits Konstantinos Meletis, Karolinska Institut, Stockholm, Sweden

Invited by M. Mameli

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The bi-directional communication
along the gut-brain-immune axis in stroke
Corinne Benakis, Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

Invited by L. Hirt

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Distinguished Lecture

Linking nanoscale synapse organization, function and plasticity to understand higher brain processing Daniel Choquet, Université de Bordeaux, France

Invited by C. Bagni & M. Mameli


Monday, October 7th, 2019

Sleep-dependent memory consolidation:oscillations and ensembles

Title TBA


Prof. Dr. Sara Aton,Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, USA
PD Dr. José Haba-Rubio, Centre d’investigation et de recherche sur le sommeil (CIRS), CHUV-UNIL, Switzerland

Organised byA. Lüthi & Paul Franken (CIG)

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Critical periods for plasticity in the developing auditory cortex Tania Rinaldi-Barkat, Basel University, Switzerland Invited by A. Lüthi

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The genetic of mouse models of autism Toru Takumi, Riken Center for Brain Science et University of Tokyo, Japan Invited by C. Bagni
September 2-4, 2019 7th EUROPEAN SYNAPSE MEETING   Organised by C. Bagni, C. Bellone, A. Holtmaat & M. Mameli

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Surprising insights in neurodevelopmental disorders: Axon hypofunction of prefrontal cortex John R. Huguenard, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Stanford University, California
Invited by A. Lüthi

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Principles of Neural Stem Cell Lineage Progression Simon Hippenmeyer, Institute of Science and Technology Austria Invited by Lukas Neukomm

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Dissecting the Neural Circuits that Mediate Motivated Behavior Garret Stuber, University of Washington, USA Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Glucose sensing neurons in the coordination of energy homeostasis Bernard Thorens, CIG, Université de Lausanne Invited by Romano Regazzi

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Sex, Sociality and Supergenes Laurent KellerDépartement Ecologie et évolution de l'Université de Lausanne

Invited by Claudia Bagni & Manuel Mameli

Thursday, April 25th 2019

Cell Type-Specific Translation in Emotional Memory Eric Klann, New York University

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Primal fear – the neural circuitry of instinctive defense Cornelius Gross, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Roma, Monterotondo - Italy

Invited by Claudia Bagni & Jean-Pierre Hornung

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Representation of sensory evidence and expectation during goal-directed behavior Thomas Mrsic Flogel, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Afferent synaptic pathways in associative fear learning Ralf Schneggenburger, EPFL

Invited by Anita Luthi

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Deciphering human-specific mechanisms of brain
Pierre Vanderhaegen, VIB, Belgique

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Neural circuits for emotions in the ventral CA1
Prof. Stéphane Ciocchi,
Dép. de Physiologie, Université de Bern

Invited by Manuel Mameli



Thursday, December 13th, 2018

To eat? To sleep? To run? Neural dynamics
of innate behaviors
Tatiana Korotkova,
Max Planck Institut for metabolism research, Bonn

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

How the molecular building blocks of
synapses gave rise to the behavioural
Prof. Seth Grant,
Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences,
University of Edinburgh

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Secretion of multiple chemical signals
in mouse and human neurons
Matthijs Verhage,
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) Amsterdam

Invited by Dirk Fasshauer

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 Neurons and circuits for stress induced analgesia Prof. Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer,
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology - Neuropharmacology,
University of Zurich

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Computation of instinctive escape behaviour

Tiago Branco,
UCL London
Invited by Manuel Mameli


Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Synaptic interactions in the thalamocortical system during sensory processing and behavior Alexander Groh,
Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Heidelberg University

Invited by Anita Lüthi

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 Rewrite or overwrite - Identifying the neuronal subpopulations of remote fear memory attenuation Prof. Johannes Gräff,

Invited by Manuel Mameli


Monday, September 10th, 2018


Prof. Kira Poskanzer,
Dep. of Biochemistry & Biophysics, UCSF

Invited by Paola Bezzi

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 Unravelling astrocyte function one cell at a time: What single-cell transcriptomics can tell us Matthew Holt,
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Invited by Claudia Bagni & Tilman Achsel

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Neuronal Speckles: A novel nuclear compartment
influencing dynamic synapse plasticity
Prof. Shiva Tyagarajan, Dep. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich

Invited by Anita Lüthi

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 Building Brain  4th DNF Symposium    

Organised by Paola Bezzi & Jean-Pierre Hornung

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms that open and close the window for memory linking across time

Prof. Alcino Silva,
Director, Integrative Center for Learning and Memory, UCLA, USA.
Director, Behavioral Testing Core, UCLA.
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Neurobiology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, UCLA

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, May 31th, 2018

A sensorimotor circuit in mouse cortex for visual flow predictions

Georg Keller,
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

Invited by Manuel Mameli

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Seminar of The Lausanne Neuroscience Seminar Series

Multitransmitter neurons – more than an oddity

Bernardo Sabatini,
Dep. of Neurobiology,
Harvard Medical School

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Sleep and wake coordinated by glia

Prof. Phil Haydon,
Department of Neuroscience, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02111, USA

Invited by Andrea Volterra

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 Circuit plasticity in a small brain Prof. Gaia Tavosanis, DZNE, Bonn, Germany:

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

"The Dopamine Synapse" &



"Microtubule Pathways in Synaptic Injury and Bortezomib-induced Peripheral Neuropathy"

David Sulzer,
Dep. of Neurology,
Columbia University, New York, USA
& Francesca Bartolini,
Dep. of Pathology and cell biology,
Columbia University, New York, USA

Invited by Paola Bezzi
& Claudia Bagni

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Tracing developmental trajectories in the developing neocortex

Prof. Denis Jabaudon,
Département des neurosciences fondamentales,
Université de Genève

Invited by Paola Bezzi

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, an urgent translation issue

Prof. Philippe Ryvlin,
University of Lausanne & Dep. of Clinical Neurosciences, CHUV

Invited by Claudia Bagni

Friday, January 26th, 2018 Single-cell RNAseq sheds light on early evolution of animal neurons Jacob Musser,
EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

Invited by Frederique Varoqueaux

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 Neural circuits of addiction Prof. Christian Lüscher,
Université de Genève, Département des neuro-sciences fondamentales & service de neurologie,
CMU, Genève, Switzerland

Invited by Manuel Mameli & Claudia Bagni


Thursday, March 2, 2017 Sleep and memory, manipulation of reactivation during sleep as a tool to understand memory Karim Benchenane,
Brain Plasticity Unit
Paris, France

Invited by Anita Luthi


Friday, April 21, 2017 The enigmatic Placozoa: A new model system for biological and biomedical research?

Bernd Schierwater,
TiHo Hannover Germany

Invited by Dirk Fasshauer

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Metabolic regulation of neural stem cells Dr Marlen Knobloch,
University of Lausanne
Department of Physiology
Invited by Claudia Bagni

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Epigenetic mechanisms con-trolling axon regeneration" & “Mechanisms of synaptic transmission at nanoscale resolution”

Prof. Valeria Cavalli, Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience, Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
& Vitaly Klyachko,
Dept. of Cell Biology and Physiology and Dept.
of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St Louis, MO

Invited by Claudia Bagni

! CANCELLED ! Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Dynamic and sudden failure in inhibition leads to thalamocortical seizures Prof. John Huguenard,
Standford University
Department of Neurology
Invited by Anita Luthi
Thursday, September 7, 2017 Neuron-glia metabolic coupling : role in neuronal plasticity and
Prof. Pierre Magistretti,
Laboratory of Neuroenergetics and Cellular Dynamics EPFL, Switzerland
Invited by Claudia Bagni
Paola Bezzi
Thursday, September 14, 2017 Communicating your research: Demystifying the editorial and peer review processes at Nature research journals Dr Brett Benedetti, PhD,
Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts
Nature Medicine
New York, USA
Invited by Manuel Mameli
Friday, October 13th, 2017 Biochemical computation in single dendritic spines: implications in
synaptic plasticity
Ryohei Yasuda, PhD,
Scientific Director, Max Planck Florida
Institute for Neuroscience, USA
Invited by Claudia Bagni
CANCELLED ! Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 CANCELLED ! A sensorimotor circuit in mouse cortex for visual flow predictions Prof. Georg Keller,
Friedrich Miescher Institute
for Biomedical Research
Basel, Switzerland
Invited by Manuel Mameli
Thursday, November 16th Prefrontal neuronal circuits and
mechanisms of fear behavior
Dr Cyril Herry,
Université de Bordeaux
Neurocentre Magendie
Physiopathologie de la
plasticité neuronale
Bordeaux, France
Invited by Anita Lüthi
Thursday, November 30th Gene therapy for refractory focal epilepsy with potassium channels and chemogenetics: how far from the clinic? Prof. Dimitri Kullmann,
University College London,London,UK
Invited by Manuel Mameli
Thursday, December 14th A localized autophagic filter depletes axons from damaged
Prof. Luca Scorrano,
Venetian Institute for
Molecular Medicine Room
Padova, Italy
Invited by Paola Bezzi



Tuesday, January 26, 2016 The gourmet fly - the neuronal basis of nutrient homeostasis Carlos Ribeiro,
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
Invited by Camilla Bellone
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Neuroglia Interactions in cerebral Psysiopathology Nathalie Rouach,
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology, CNRS INSERM, Paris, France
Invited by Camilla Bellone
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Structural studies of synapses and membrane proteins by cryo-electron microscopy Benoît Zuber,
Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern, Switzerland
Invited by Frédérique Varoqueaux
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Stem cells and their niche: A dynamic duo in the adult brain Benoît Zuber,
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology, CNRS INSERM, Paris, France
Invité par Nicolas Toni
Monday, March 14, 2016 UNIL - DNF
Candidates for FNS Professorship

Romain CARTONI: "Enhancing axonal transport: New approach to promote axonal regeneration and neuronal repair"

Jan GRUENDEMANN: "Mapping the neuronal code of fear"

Sandrine LEFORT: "Mapping connectivity and function in the reward system"

Dietmar SCHREINER: "Towards the Characterization of Molecular Connectome in the Mammalian Central Nervous System"

Vincent PASCOLI: "Dopamine-dependent synaptic plasticity driving motivated behaviors"

Friday, March 18, 2016 From molecules to behavior: Disentangling fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum

Claudia Bagni,
Department of Fundamental Neurosciences, University of Lausanne

Invited by Jean-Pierre Hornung
Thurday, March 24, 2016 NMDA receptors: From molecular engineering to synaptic regulation Pierre Paoletti,
Institute of Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Invited by Camilla Bellone
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Whole exome sequencing and functional analysis identify novel pathways and treatments for cognitive disorders Gaia Novarino,
Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosternburg, Austria
Invited by Paola Bezzi
Monday, April 18, 2016 Role of thalamus and T-type calcium channels in schizophrenia

Prof. Lisman,
Brandeis University,
Massachusetts, USA

Invited by Anita Luthi
Monday, April 18, 2016 Interactions of commensal bacteria with the intestinal immune system : roles in cerebral ischemia Corinne Benakis,
Brain and Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA
Invited by Lorenz Hirt
Thursday, April 21, 2016 Pathophysiology of addicted behaviors Piervi Piazza,
Neurocentre Magendie, INSERM, University of Bordeaux 2, France
Invited by Camilla Bellone
Friday, May 13, Grand Auditoire Evolution of the brain DNF Symposium Organized by
E. Welker &
D. Fasshauer
Tuesday, 24 May, 2016 Behavioural and Neural Plasticity Research: The Curious Case of Learning & Memory Leonardo Restivo,
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, CANADA
Invited by Nicolas Toni
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Early wiring of cortical circuits : neuronal and immune orchestration Sonia Garel,
Institute of Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Invited by Jean-Pierre Hornung
Thursday, June 9, 2016 Neuroenergetics in the light of in vivo two-photon imaging Bruno Weber,
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich
Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton
Thursday, June 16, 2016 Transcriptomic basis of brain damage associated with fetal growth restriction Olivier Baud,
Université Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité
Invited by Julien Puyal
Thursday, September 1, 2016 Impact of neuroinflammation on brain development Pierre Gressens,
INSERM and Université Paris Diderot, France and Center for the Developing Brain, KCL, London, UK
Invited by A. Truttmann & J. Puyal
Thursday, September 8, 2016 The role of auxiliary subunits in the regulation of AMPA-type glutamate receptors

Guus Smit,
Department of Neurosciences at the Faculty for Earth and Life Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Invited by C. Bagni
Thursday, October 6, 2016 Conscious vision: from sensory representations to the neural subjective frame Catherine Tallon-Baudry,
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Invited by A. Luthi
Thursday, October 13, 2016 How electron microscopy illuminates brain disease Karin Pernet-Gallay,
INSERM, Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences,
Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Invited by N.Toni &     A.Volterra
Thursday, October 20, 2016 On the DA autoreceptor-mediated responses in mesencephalic dopaminergic cells Nicolas Mercuri,
University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Invited by C. Bagni
Friday, October 21, 2016 Regulation of terminal axon branching and presynaptic release through mitochondria localization, size and function Franck Polleux, Columbia University, Department of Neuroscienc Invited by P. Bezzi
Thursday, November 3, 2016 Extracellular vesicles: Carriers for intercellular communication between brain and blood Stefan Momma,
University Hospital Frankfurt am Main, Neurological Institute (Edinger Institute), Germany
PhD Committee
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Non-coding RNA in brain development and disease Jorgen Kjems,
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University, Denmark
Invited by R. Regazzi
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Effect of age-associated hippocampal cholesterol reduction on learning and memory gene expression Carlos Dotti,
Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Invited by C. Bagni
Thursday,  December 1, 2016 In vivo imaging of axon dismantling Thomas Misgeld,
Technical University, Munich, Germany
PhD Committee



Thursday, January 8, 2015 Unprecedent connections of interneurons in the human and rodent neocortex

Gábor Tamás,
Dep. of Physiology, Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Szeged, Hungary

Invited by Anita Lüthi &Zita Rovo
Thursday, February 5, 2015 Dopamin neurons, synapses and susceptibility in Parkinson's disease

Paul Bolam,
Medical Research Council Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, Oxford, UK

Invited by Jonathan Moss and Nicolas Toni
Thursday, February 19, 2015 Central cholinergic neurons are rapidly recruited by reinforcement feedback

Balázs Hangya,
Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, Hungary

Invited by Zita Rovo and Anita Lüthi
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Effects of (early life) stress and nutrition on hippocampal plasticity

Dr. Paul Lucassen,
SILS Center for Neuroscience
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Invited by Nicolas Toni
Thursday, March 5, 2015 eEF2K/eEF2 pathway in regulating neuronal network palsticity Carlo Sala,
CNR Institute of Neuroscience, Milan, Italy
Invited by Camilla Bellone & Paola Bezzi
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Circuit mechanisms of memory consolidation Pico Caroni,
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
Invited by Jean-Pierre Hornung
Thursday, April 9, 2015 Cellular mechanisms in the lateral habenula underlying depressive-like states Manuel Mameli,
The Insitut du Fer a Moulin, Inserm UMR-S839 and the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France
Invited by Camilla Bellone& Paola Bezzi
Thursday, April 23, 2015 Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and its diseases Nael Nadif Kasri,
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Department Cognitive Neurosciences, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Invited by Camilla Bellone
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Disorders of neural precursor cells in cerebral malformations Alexandre Croquelois,
Neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation, Nestlé Hospital, Lausanne
Invited by Nicolas Toni

Friday, May 22, 2015

2nd DNF Symposium,
Molecular Basis of Mental Disorders

Monica DiLuca, Dominique Muller, Tobia Boekers, Andreas Luthi, Carmen Sandi, Ron Stoop, Benjamin Hall Organized by Camilla Bellone et Paola Bezzi
Friday, June  5,2015 Thalamic Circuit Mechanisms Link Sensory Processing in Sleep and Attention Dr. Ralf Wimmer,
NYU Langone Medical Center
New-York, USA
Invited by Anita Lüthi
Friday, June 12, 2015 Cnidaria and the emergence of neurogenesis Brigitte Galliot,
Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
Invited by Frédérique  Varoqueaux
Thurday, June 25, 2015 Circuit and synaptic mechanisms of social cognition in health and disease Gul Dolen,
Department of Neuroscience, Brain Science Institute, Wendy Klag Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Invited by Camilla Bellone
Thursday, September 3, 2015 Mitochondrial cananbinoid receptors in the brain: a link between bioenergetics and behavior

Giovanni Marsicano,
Neurocentre Magendie, INSERM,
Bordeaux, France

Invited by Paola Bezzi

Thursday, September 11, 2015

Le sommeil, source de rêves scientifiques

Anita Lüthi,
DNF, Université de Lausanne

Thursday, September 17, 2015 Interactions between adult neurogenesis and hippocampal memory system Nora Abrous,
Neurosciences Magendie, INSERM,
Bordeaux, France
Invited by Nicolas Toni


September 25, 2015

Engineering neurogenesis in the adult cortex by in vivo reprogramming Daniel A. Peterson,
Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
The Chicago Medical School,
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, USA
Invited by Nicolas Toni
Thursday, October 1, 2015 A fundamental question in Neuroscience is to reveal the mechanisms regulating the plasticity of adult brain circuits Matteo Bergami,
University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
Invited by Paola Bezzi & Nicolas Toni
Thursday, October 29, 2015 Influence of AMPA receptor auxiliary subunits on the integration of excitatory inputs in hippocampus and thalamus Jakob von Engelhardt,
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases,  Heidelberg, Germany
Invited by Camilla Bellone
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Neural Correlates of Consciousness in sleep Francesca Siclari,
Centre d'Investigation et de Recherche sur le Sommeil, CHUV, Lausanne
Invited by Isabelle Decosterd & Anita Lüthi
Thursday, November 26, 2015 3D analysis of axon guidance in transparent vertebrate embryos Alain Chedotal,
INSERM, Institut de la Vision, Paris, France
Invited by Jean-Pierre Hornung
Monday, December 7, 2015 Engineering Neurogenesis in the Adult Cortex by in vivo Reprogramming Dan Peterson,
Director of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine,
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University
Chicago, USA.
Invited by Nicolas Toni
Thursday, December 10, 2015 Spike timing precision as a basis for discriminating between communication sounds Jean Marc Edeline,
INSERM, Université Paris Sud, France
Invited by Anita Lüthi




Monday, December 8 2014

Acoustic Experience Alters How You See the World Professor Steve Lomber,
Cerebral Systems Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Western University, London, Ontario Canada
Invited by Micah Murray

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sleep, synaptic plasticity and forgetting Dr Paul Salin,
Lyon Neuroscience Research Center
Invited by Laura Fernandez

Monday, October 6th 2014

Organized by the Departements of Fundamental Neuroscience, Clinical Neurosciences and the Centre for Psychiatric Neuroscience

Regulation of patterning, cell fate specification, and neurocircuitry in the developing brain Prof. Shubha Tole,
Dept. Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Invited by  Jean-Pierre Hornung & Ron Stoop
Thursday, September 18, 2014 TRPV1 receptor: new modalities of sensitization and/or activation in peripheral nervous system Prof. Violeta Ristoiu,
University of Bucharest
Faculty of Biology
Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biophysics
Invited by Marc Suter
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Short-term and long-term plasticity from a functional perspective Dr Jean-Pascal Pfister
Theoretical Neuroscience Group
Physiology Department, University of Bern
Invited by Andreas Mayer
Thursday May 22, 2014 Cholinergic control of cortical state change Dr Emmanuel Eggermann
Laboratory of Sensory Processing,
Brain Mind Institute, EPFL
Invited by Anita Lüthi
Friday, March 21, 2014 Novel insights into the molecular regulation of the Mg2+-permeant transient potential melastatin type 6 (TRPM6) ion channels Maxime Blanchard, PhD
Dep. of Physiology,
Radboud University
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Invited by Isabelle Decosterd
Friday, March 7, 2014 Imaging of cleared biological samples with the Ultramicroscope Prof. Hans-Ulrich Dodt
Vienna University of Technology, Chair of Bioelectronics,
Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna
Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton
Thurday, February 20,  2014 Worms don’t like it hot: dissecting thermal nociception at the molecular, cellular, neural circuit, and behavioral levels using Caenorhabditis elegans Dr Dominique Glauser
Department of Biology/Zoology
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Invited by Andreas Mayer
Monday, February 10,  2014 Is lactate a novel gliotransmitter? Prof. Sergey Kasparov
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Bristol, UK
Invited by Paola Bezzi
Thurday, February 6, 2014 Network dynamics and exploratory behavior of the rat: towards mechanism of learning Dr Anton Sirota,
Center for integrative Neuroscience,
University of Tubingen
Invited by Laura Fernandez
Friday, January 24, 2014 Information and energy use
in the CNS gray matter
Dr Renaud Jolivet,
Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
University College London
Invited by Andreas Mayer




Monday, February 25, 2013 Neural stem cells in the mouse brain can be selectively identified by hGFAP promoter activity and prominin1 expression Dr Ruth Beckervordersandforth,
Emil-Fischer Centre, Institute of Biochemistry
Erlangen, Germany
Invited by Nicolas Toni
Monday, March 18, 2013 HDACs in control of differentiation, maintenance and regeneration in Schwann cells Prof. Claire Jacob,
Department of Biology
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Invited by Roman Chrast
Monday, April 22, 2013 Dynamics of perisynaptic astrocytic processes enhance the stability of excitatory synapses Yann Bernardinelli, PhD,
Department of Fundamental Neurosciences
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton
Friday, April 26, 2013 Effects of tau pathology on the structure and function of cortical pyramidal cells in the rTg4510 tau mutant mouse Pr. Jennifer Luebke,
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Boston University School of Medicine
Invited by Anne Rocher
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Repair mechanisms in the cerebral cortex following cell type-specific neuronal ablation Pr. Jozsef Kiss,
Department of Neurosciences,
University of Geneva
Invited by Anita Truttmann
Friday, June 14,  2013 Excitatory synapse development by synapse organizing proteins Dr. Tabrez Siddiqui,
Laboratory of A.M Craig,
Brain Research Center
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Invited by Dirk Fasshauer
Monday, June 17, 2013 Src Regulation of Lamellipodia, Filopodia, and Substrate-Cytoskeletal Coupling in Neuronal Growth Cones Prof. Daniel Suter,
Purdue University Lafayette, USA
Invited by Anita Luthi
Thurday, July 11, 2013 The alpha and the omega in the life of a clathrin coated vesicle Emanuele Cocucci, PhD
Instructor in Pediatrics
Laboratory of Tomas Kirchhausen
Harvard Medical School - Cell Biology Department
Boston, USA
Invited by  Paola Bezzi
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Role of serotonin receptors in cortical circuit formation Alexandre Dayer
Dep. of Mental Health and Psychiatry and Dep. of Basic Neuroscience, Geneva University Medical School, Switzerland
Invited by Anita Lüthi
Monday, September 30, 2013 Development and function of auditory cortical circuits Dr Tania Barkat-Rinaldi
Department of Neurosciences and Pharmacology
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Invited by Jean-Pierre Hornung

Thursday, October 24, 2013 Behaviour-dependent information routing in ventral hippocampal CA1 projection neurons Dr Stephane Ciocchi
Prospective SNF Professeur Boursier, Laboratory of Thomas Klausberger
University of Vienna
Center for Brain Research

Invited by Anita Lüthi




Orange: Lausanne Neuroscience Seminars
Black: DNF seminars

Thurday, December 20th

In-vivo neuron wide microscopy reveals differential regulation of synaptic vesicle precursor trafficking

Dr. Celine Maeder
Laboratory of Kang Shen,
Stanford University 

Invited by Andreas Mayer

Thurday, November 29th

Contribution of astrocytes to synaptic transmission and long-term plasticity

Dr. Stéphane Oliet
Deputy Director, Neurocentre Magendie
INSERM and University of Bordeaux, France 

Invited by Andrea Volterra

Monday, Octobre 29th

Cocaine-evoked plasticity in developing and mature mesocortical circuits

Camilla Bellone, PhD. Dept. Basic Neuroscience, Geneva 

Invited by Andreas Mayer
Friday, October 12th Neuron-Specific Membrane Trafficking in Development, Function and Degeneration: A Look Through the Fly's Eye

P. Robin Hiesinger, PhD, 
Associate Professor of Physiology and Systems Biology,
UT Southwestern

Invited by Andreas Mayer
Monday, October 8th Functions of the atypical vesicular glutamate transporter in cholinergic and serotoninergic transmission: co-transmission and vesicular synergy Prof. Salah El Mestikawy ,
Département de Psychiatrie, McGill University
Douglas Institut universitaire en santé mentale,
Montréal, Canada

Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton
Tuesday, October 2nd Memory aids on the chromatin: Epigenetic mechanisms in cognition Dr. Johannes Gräff,
The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Invited by Andrea Volterra
Thursday, September 27th  Molecular and cellular regulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis Prof. Chichung,
Institut für Biochemie,
Universität Erlangen
Invited by Nicolas Toni
Thursday, September 6th Quantitative molecular differences in presynaptic active zones Dr. Zoltan Nusser,
Laboratory of Cellular Neurophysiology, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
Invited by Zita Rovo
Monday, September 3rd HDAC5 is a novel injury-regulated tubulin deacetylase controlling axon regeneration Prof. Valeria Cavalli,
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, Washington University School of Medicine
Invited by Nicolas Toni
Monday, August 13th Inhibition and disinhibition of neuromodulatory systems Dr. Kelly R. Tan, PhD,
University of Geneva
Invited by Andreas Mayer
Thursday, Februar 16th The role of ionotropic glutamate receptors in neuroglia Prof. Frank Kirchhoff,
Univ. Saarland, Germany
Invited by Andrea Volterra




Tuesday 29th of November 2011

"Tripartite synapses: Astrocytes control synaptic information and plasticity"

Prof. Alfonso Araque, Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain

Invited by Corrado Cali

Tuesday 8th of November 2011

"Embryonic stem cells: A powerful discovery tool to study the nervous system"

Dr. Yves-Alain Barde, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland

Invited by Nicolas Toni

Friday 30th of September 2011

"Biogenesis of the regulated secretory pathway"

Dr. Cédric Asensio,
Department of Neurology, UCSF, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Invited by Corrado Calì

Thursday 29th of September 2011

"Super-resolution investigation of synaptic vesicle function"

Dr. Silvio Rizzoli,
European Neuroscience Institute
STED Microscopy of Synaptic Function, Göttingen  

Invited by Andreas Mayer

Thursday 22nd of September 2011

"A critical period for auditory thalamocortical connectivity"

Dr. Tania Rinaldi Barkat,
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA 


Thursday 8th of September 2011

"Hypothalamic neurons in the regulation of paradoxical (REM) sleep : The Melanin Concentrating hormone and GABAergic neurons of the tuberal hypothalamus"

Dr. Christelle PEYRON,
Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon, France 

Invited by Martina Perin

Thursday 1st of September 2011

"TREK channels: from structure to function"

Dr. Guillaume Sandoz,
Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Sophia Antipolis, France 

Invited by Andrea Volterra

Wednesday 31th of August 2011

"Investigating the neuron-glia-vascular unit in vivo."

Prof. Dr. Bruno Weber,
University of Zurich
Institute of Pharmacology & Toxicology 

Invited by Andrea Volterra

Tuesday 28th of june 2011

Horseradish peroxidase as a reporter gene for Electron Microscopy

Prof. Thomas Shikorski,
Neuroscience Department, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Invited by Nicolas Toni

Monday 20th of june 2011

"The Ca2+ -binding proteins parvalbumin and calbindin are implicated in synaptic transmission and associated network properties. Studies from knockout mice."

Prof. Dr. Beat Schwaller,
Dep. of Medicine, University of Fribourg, Swizerland

Invited by Anita Luthi

Friday 27th of may 2011

"Fingolimod-induced brain protection: role of anti-inflammatory mechanism"

Prof. Christian Waeber, Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown

Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton

Thursday 26th of may 2011

"Shc3 and human brain tumors"

Lorenzo Magrassi, MD PhD,
Neurosurgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, Università di Pavia, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico S.Matteo, Pavia, Italy

Invited by Corrado Calì

Thursday 12th of may 2011

Orexin/hypocretin ntworks: orchestrating brain activity

Dr. Denis Burdakov,
Department of Pharmacology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 1PD

Invited by Benjamin Boutrel

Thursday 5th of may 2011 On the mechanism and stoichiometry of SNARE-mediated exocytosis in neurotransmitter release Prof. Jakob B. Sørensen,
Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N.
Invited by Andreas Mayer
Monday 21th of march 2011 Targeting inflammation and apoptosis to protect the ischemic brain Dr. Annemieke Kavelaars
Laboratory of Neuroimmunology and Developmental Origins of Disease (NIDOD)
University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands and
Integrative Immunobiology and Behavior Program, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Invited by Lorenz Hirt
Thurday 10th of march 2011 Molecular Pathways and Models in Dominant Parkinson's Disease Prof. Darren Moore,
Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegenerative Research,
Faculté des sciences de la vie,
Invited by Peter Clarke
Thurday 24th of februar 2011 Autophagy: self-eating is good for you Dr. Patrice Codogno,
INSERM UMR984 ,University Paris-Sud 11 at Châtenay-Malabry, France
Invited by Julien Puyal
Thurday 3rd of februar 2011 Distance-dependent perisomatic inhibition: A new mechanism underlying network synchronization Prof. Dr. Marlene Bartos
Cellular and Systemic Neurophysiology
Institute for Physiology,
University of Freiburg, Germany
Invited by Simone Astori
Thurday 6th of january 2011 New roles of autophagy in the nervous system: from development to degeneration Dr. Patricia Boya,
3D Lab, Programa de Medicina Celular y Molecular,
Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, CIB-CSIC
Invited by Peter Clarke




Thursday 14th January  Hôpital de Cery,
Salle Hirondelle
Early life stress and its long-term effects on brain and behaviour: studies in mammals Dr. Christopher R. Pryce,
Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich 

Invited by
Ron Stoop

Thursday 28th January Vesicle pool identity in developing and mature synapses Naila B. Fredj,
Laboratoire de Juan Burrone
King's College, UK

Invited by
Jean-Yves Chatton

Friday 19th February

What Is Neuropathic Pain? A Non-traditional Perspective Based on New Discoveries in the Cutaneous Innervation

Pr. Frank L. Rice,
Albany Medical College, Albany, USA
Invited by Isabelle Decosterd

Monday 8th March

Molecular responses accompanying cerebral blood flow changes in the P7 rat brain

Christiane Charriaut-Marlangue,
INSERM U676, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris
Invited by Peter Clarke

Thursday 18th March

Hippocampal long-term potentiation depends on release of D-serine from astrocytes in vitro

Dr Christian Henneberger,
University College London, Institute of Neurology
Invited by Christophe Lamy
Thursday 25th March The docking, priming and fusion reactions that orchestrate secretory vesicle trafficking Pr. Matthijs Verhage,
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, Vrije Universiteit, 1081HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Invited by
Romano Regazzi

Thursday 15th April 2010

Transcriptome analysis of neural stem cells and their progeny identifies novel pathways regulating adult neurogenesis

Prof. Sebastian Jessberger
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Institute of Cell Biology

Invited by
Nicolas Toni

Thursday 15th April 2010

Transcriptome analysis of neural stem cells and their progeny identifies novel pathways regulating adult neurogenesis

Prof. Sebastian Jessberger
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Institute of Cell Biology

Invited by
Nicolas Toni

Thursday 29th April 2010

Spatio-temporal signaling programs during cell migration and neurite outgrowth

Prof. Olivier Pertz
Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics, Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel

Invited by
Nicolas Toni

Thursday 20th May 2010

Astrocytes in the epileptic brain: role in focal seizure generation and neurovascular coupling

Prof. Giorgio Carmignoto
CNR Institute of Neuroscience and Department of Experimental Biomedical Science, University of Padova, Italy

Invited by
Andrea Volterra

Thursday 27th May 2010

Diversity in rhythm-generating local circuits in neocortex

Miles Whittington
Institute of Neuroscience,
The Medical School, University of Newcastle

Invited by
Kim Do

Thursday 17th June 2010 

Ion channel regulation of firing patterns in monoaminergic neurons

Vincent SEUTIN
Laboratory of Pharmacology and GIGA-Neurosciences
University of Liège, Belgium

Invited by
Anita Luthi

Thursday 24th June 2010

Characterization of glutamine and vesicular transporters involved in the recycling of neurotransmitters

Farrukh A. Chaudhry, MD, PhD
The Biotechnology Centre of Oslo & Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, University of Oslo

Invited by
Guillaume Azarias

Thursday 1st July 2010

Young and excitable: Synaptic excitation of newly generated granule cells in the adult hippocampus

Pr. Josef Bischofberger
University of Basel
Department of biomedicine

Invited by Nicolas Toni

Thurday 9th of September 2010

Proinflammatory cytokines and lysophospholipids

Prof. Michaela KRESS, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria, Department of Physiology and Medical Physics

Invited by
Isabelle Decosterd

Monday 27th of September 2010

Mechanisms controlling the migration of cortical interneurons

Pr. Oscar Marín
Instituto de Neurociencias
CSIC & Universidad Miguel Hernández
Alicante, Spain

Invited by
Cécile Lebrand

Thursday 30th of September 2010 

microRNA function in synapse development and plasticity

Gerhard Schratt
University of Heidelberg, Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences

Invited by
Romano Regazzi

Thursday 14th of October 2010

Modulation of synapses and hippocampal network rhythmicity by metabotropic glutamate receptors

Prof. Urs Gerber
Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich

Invited by
Anita Luthi

Thursday 4th of November 2010

Dehomogenize thalamus - Spatio-temporal
heterogeneity of thalamic circuits

Laszlo Acsády
Institute of
Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Invited by
Anita Luthi

Monday 29th of November

Rapid desynchronization of an electrically coupled interneuron network with sparse excitatory synaptic input

Koen Vervaeke
University College London

Invited by Mirko Santello

Monday 6th of December

Controls of cortical size and neuronal number

Dr Setsuko Sahara,
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, USA

Invited by Nicolas Toni & Roman Chrast





Monday, 19 Januar 2009 Alix/ALG-2: a missing link between death receptor containing endosomes and caspases ? Pr. Rémy Sadoul,
Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences,
Inserm U836, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
Invited by
Peter Clarke
Thursday, 12 February 2009 Emerging slow and fast rhythms in the cortical network  Dr. Maria V. Sanchez-Vives,
ICREA- IDIBAPS (Institute for Biomedical Research), Barcelona
Invited by
Anita Lüthi
Monday, 16 March 2009 Nanoscale dynamic organization of glutamatergic synapses Prof. Daniel Choquet, University of Bordeaux Invited by Andrea Volterra
Thurday, 2 April  2009 Neuronal diversity and network dynamics in the hippocampus M. Pablo Fuentealba,
Department of Basic Neurosciences, Geneva
Invited by Christophe Lamy
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 The developmental and
genetic origins of cortical interneuron diversity
Pr. Gordon Fishell,
Smilow Neuroscience Program
Invited by Cécile Lebrand
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 Protein interactions - possible therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. Michael Courtney, Department of Neurobiology, A.I. Virtanen Institute, University of Kuopio, Finland Invited by Vanessa Ginet & Peter Clarke
Thursday, 25 June 2009 Fate Specification and Molecular Development of Corticospinal Neurons Paola Arlotta, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University Invited by
Cécile Lebrand
Thursday, 9 July 2009

Axon degeneration and regeneration in acquired neuronal injury and
neurodegenerative disease

Pr. James Vickers,
Pathology and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania

Invited by
Beat Riederer
Monday, 31 July 2009

Involvement of autophagy in pathogenesis of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis

Prof. Yasuo Uchiyama, Department of Cell Biology and Neurosciences
Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo

Invited by
Julien Puyal
Monday, 14 September

Glial-mediated neurovascular coupling in the normal and diabetic retina

Anusha Mishra,
Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Invited by
Andrea Volterra
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 NMDA receptors: learning from singles Gabriela K. Popescu,
Department of Biochemistry, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Invited by
Anita Luthi
Thursdas October 1st, 2009 Synaptic circuits and odor processing in the mouse olfactory bulb

Pr Venkatesh N MURTHY,
Harvard University, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton

Thursday 15 October 2009

The importance of astrocytes in fine-tuning synaptic development

Prof. Keith K. Murai,
Neuroscience Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University Health Centre Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Canada

Invited by Jean-Yves Chatton

20 October 2009

Specificity of the PC12 phenotype: role of the
transcription repressor REST in the expression of intracellular signalling cascades, neurosecretion and neurite outgrowth

Jacopo Meldolesi,
Department of Neuroscience, Vita-Salute San Raffaele
University and San Raffaele Institute, Milan, Italy

Invited by Paola Bezzi

Thursday 29 October 2009

In-vivo rodent models for the experimental investigation of prenatal immune activation effects in schizophrenia

Dr. Urs Meyer,
Laboratory of Behavioral Neurobiology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Invited by Kim Do

5th of November 2009

Endocrine function of neurotensin

Dr Thierry COPPOLA,
IPMC, UMR6097 Sophia Antipolis. Université de NICE Sophia Antipolis

Invited by Amar Abderrahmani

Thurday, 19th of November 2009 Functions of glia-derived D-serine at glutamatergic synapses in the central nervous system Jean-Pierre Mothet,  Institut François Magendie

Invited by 
Julie Marchaland

Thurday, 26th of November 2009 High resolution voltage sensitive dye imaging Prof. Kaspar Vogt,
Biozentrum, Basel

Invited by 
Ron Stoop

Thurday, 3rd of December 2009 Multi-level analysis of associative memory in Drosophila Thomas Préat,  Ecole Supérieure de Physique Chimie Industrielles

Invited by 
Guillaume Azarias

Thurday 10th décembre 2009 Active Dendrites - Signal Integration
and Synaptic Plasticity
Dr. Thomas Nevian,  
Dep. of Physiology, University of Bern

Invited by 
Simone Astori




Wednesday, 23rd januar 2008 Development and Plasticity of Multisensory Representations: Insights from Normal and Abnormal Experiences Prof. Mark Wallace
Hearing & Speech Sciences and Psychology Departments, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Invited by Micah Murray
Thursday, 24th januar 2008 The impact of input fluctuations on the dynamical response properties of neocortical neurons in vitro Michele Giugliano
Brain Mind Institute, EPFL
Invited by Corrado Cali
Thursday, 7th februar Schizophrenia as the price that Homo sapiens pays for language Professor Timothy Crow
SANE Prince of Wales Centre University Department of Psychiatry
Invited by Thi Kim Do Cuenod
Thursday, 6th march 2008 Role of lipid modifications in neuroendocrine exocytosis: regulation by GTPases and kinases Nicolas Vitale
Directeur de Recherche à l'INSERM, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
Invited by Romano Regazzi
Monday, 10th March 2008 Genetics of behavioural domains across the neuropsychiatric spectrum; of mice and men Martien Kas
Rudolf Magnus Institute in Utrecht, The Netherlands
Invited by
Ron Stoop
Thursday, 3rd april 2008 at 12h15 New tricks for old dogs: a role for morphogens in axon guidance


Prof. Dr. Esther Stoeckli
Developmental Neuroscience
University of Zurich
Institute of Zoology
Invited by
Anne Zurn
Thursday, 24th april 2008 The roles of Kidins220/ARMS in neuronal differentiation and CNS development Dr Giampietro Schiavo
Molecular NeuroPathoBiology Laboratory, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute
Invited by Romano Regazzi


Thursday, 15th  may 2008 Nogo proteins in axon regeneration and plasticity Christine Bandtlow
Department of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Innsbruck Medical University
Invited by Anne Zurn
Wednesday, 18th june 2008 Postnatal maturation of prefrontal cortical circuits - implications for schizophrenia Prof. Patricio O'Donnell,
Dep. of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201 USA
Invited by
Kim Do
Thursday, 19th june 2008 A tonic GABA-A receptor mediated conductance modulates axonal excitability and synaptic transmission Dr. Arnaud Ruiz
School of Pharmacy, University of London
Invited by Christophe Lamy
Friday, 15th august 2008 Are astrocytes the new rising stars in the neuropathology of stress related visceral pain? Romain-Daniel Gosselin, PhD,
University College Cork
Invited by Isabelle Decosterd
Thursday, 28th august 2008

Mitotic spindle orientation and cell fate determination during vertebrate neurogenesis

Dr Xavier MORIN,
Developmental Biology Institute of Marseilles Luminy
Invited by Andrea  Volterra
Monday, 1st september 2008 Motoneurons, astrocytes and muscle cells: three partners involved in the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Florence Perrin, PhD,
Institute for Neurosciences of Montpellier, INSERM
Invited by Isabelle Decosterd
Monday, 15th september 2008 The subthalamic nucleus: from a motor structure target for Parkinsonism to a limbic structure possible target for the treatment of cocaine addiction Dr. Christelle Baunez,
Laboratoire de Neurobiologie de la Cognition, UMR6155 CNRS-Aix-Marseille Université
Invited by Benjamin Boutrel
Thursday, 30th october 2008 Melody of the neonatal brain: neuronal oscillations in developing cortico-subcortical networks Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, PhD,
Center for Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH) at Universitätskrankenhaus Eppendof (UKE) Hamburg
Invited by
Anita Lüthi
Thursday, 6th november 2008

Developmental Programming of Anxiety in Mice


Cornelius Gross,
EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy
Invited by
Jean-Pierre Hornung
28th november 2008
Do beta-cells get fat, and does it matter ? Prof Vincent POITOUT,
Canada Research Chair in   Diabetes and Pancreatic Beta-cell function, University of Montreal
Invited by
Amar Abderrahmani
4th december
Transcriptional Control of Neocortical Motor Output During Development Dr Denis Jabaudon
Department of Fundamental Neuroscience, Geneva University
Invited by Cécile Lebrand & Ron Stoop
8th december
The role of aquaporins in cell migration Marios C. Papadopoulos, St. George's University of London, U.K. Invited by Jérôme Badaut
Friday, 12 december 2008


Prof. Nicolas DEMAUREX, Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, Geneva Invited by
Jean-Yves Chatton
Thursday, 18th december 2008 Neuro-immune interactions: The role of microglia in neuropathic pain Prof. Simon Beggs,
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto & Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Canada
Invited by
Isabelle Decosterd




Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sabine Bahn

A combined Multi-Omics and Exploratory Bioinformatics Approach to investigate disease mechanisms in complex neuropsychiatric disorders


Centre for Neuropsychiatric
Research Institute of Biotechnology
University of Cambridge

Hosted by:
Kim Do

March 29, 2007

Barbara Jones

Modulation of cortical activation and behavioral arousal by cholinergic and orexinergic systems

Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University , Montreal Neurological Institute, Quebec, Canada


Hosted by:
Benjamin Boutrel

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Meninges control the tangential migration of hem-derived Cajal-Retziuscells via chemokine CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling

Developmental Neurobiology Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, CSIC-Universidad Miguel Hernandez,
Campus de San Juan
Alicante , Spain


Hosted by:
Cécile Lebrand

Thursday, April 26, 2007


Hans-Uwe Simon

Atg5 - a molecular switch between autophagy and apoptosis

Department of Pharmacology
University of Bern

Hosted by:
Peter Clarke

May 16, 2007

Virginia Penhune Moving to the beat: neural systems for auditory-motor integration Montreal Neurological Institute and BRAMS Laboratory
McGill University,
Montreal, Canada
Hosted by:
Peter Clarke
Organized jointly with the Service of
neuropsychology and  neurorehabilitation


Thursday, 21 June 2007 Christophe Lamy Integrating the stress response: multiple facets of corticitropin-releasing factor


Department of Pharmacology, The School of Pharmacy, University of London Hosted by:
Jean-Yves Chatton

Thursday, 28 June 2007


Claire Gaveriaux-Ruff  

Opioid actions on immunity and inflammatory pain: knockout approaches

Dép. de Neurobiologie, Illkirch, France

Hosted by:
Paul and
Mei Bigliardi

Thursday, 5 July 2007 Prof. M. Alex Meredith Multisensory Processing:
Not just for Bimodal Neurons Anymore
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology,
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Organized jointly with the Department of Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation
Dr. Micah Murray


Tuesday, September 11, 2007 Juan Manuel Encinas The life of Neural Stem and Progenitor Cells in the Adult Hippocampus


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Hosted by:
Iratxe Ciriza
20 September 2007
Prof. H. Philip Zeigler


Neurobehavioral analyses of primary afferent and efferent activity during whisking in awake, behaving animals:  implications for studies of central processing.


Biopsychology Hunter College, City University of New York Hosted by:
Margo Landers Rumerio


8 October 2007
Prof. Sumantra Chattarji Impact of stress on the amygdala: "good plasticity" in a "bad neighborhood" National Centre for Biological Sciences,TATA Institute of Fundamental Research, CKVK Campus Bangalore, India Hosted by:
Ron Stoop
Thursday, 18 October 2007 Catherine Verney


Microglia-macrophages and white matter damage in premature brain INSERM U.676 - Neurology and physiology of development, Hôpital Robert-Debré, Paris, France Hosted by:
Stéphanie Clarke
Monday, 3rd of December Prof. Dwight Bergles Neuron-glial cell interactions in the developing auditory system

Lausanne Neuroscience Seminars

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Invited by
Andrea Volterra
Thursday, 13 December 2007 Dr. Gennadij Raivich Inflammation in Perinatal Brain Damage Perinatal Brain Repair Group, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and of Anatomy, University College London Invited by:
Peter Clarke




February 23, 2006

Cristina Alberini

Molecular mechanisms underlying long-term memory formation

Fishberg Dept of Neuroscience
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York


Invited by
Fulvio Magara

March 9,

Takao Hensch

GABA circuit control of visual cortical plasticity

Science Institute
Saitama , Japan


Invited by
Kim Do

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 

Ru-Rong Ji

Glial regulation of neuropathic pain: The role of MAP kinases

Pain Research Center
Laboratory of Sensory Plasticity
Department of Anesthesia
Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston


Invited by
Isabelle Décosterd

March 16, 2006

Guy Rutter

Insulin exocytosis: walk, kiss, pause... then run!

Department of Biochemistry
School of Medical Sciences
University of Bristol, UK


Invited by
Romano Regazzi

May 4, 2006

Pat Levitt

Translational Research Appoaches for Studying Autism: Convergence of Neurodevelopment and Genetics


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development
Vanderbilt University, Nashville

Invited by
Jean-Pierre Hornung

May15, 2006

Valeria Cavalli

Sunday Driver: Linking Axonal Transport to Injury Signaling and Nerve Regeneration


University of California San Diego
Howard Hughes Medical Institute La Jolla , California

Invited by
Cécile Lebrand

May 29, 2006


Ken Tyler

"Veni, vidi, vici": How a virus kills a cell

Health Science Center Neurology Department, University of Colorado

Invited by
Christian Widmann

June 1, 2006

Philip Haydon



Glia: Listening and Talking to
the Synapse

Silvio Conte Center for Integration at the Tripartite Synapse
Center for Dynamic Imaging of Nervous System Function
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine, Philadelphia


Invited by
Andrea Volterra

June 15, 2006

Jean-Luc Dreyer

Lentivirus-mediated gene silencing: Applications for in vivo Behavioral Evaluation of Gene Function in Cocaine Addiction


University of Fribourg

Invited by
Jean-René Cardinaux

June 23, 2006

Kaspar Vogt

A network of special interneurons surrounds the amygdala


Dept. of Neurobiology/Pharmacology
Biozentrum Basel

Invited by
Ron Stoop

June 29, 2006 

Michel Pohl

Transgenic approach for the treatment of chronic pain

Faculté de Médecine
CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris


Invited by
Isabelle Décosterd

July 4, 2006 

Nicola Robertson

Brain intracellular alkalosis - a potential target for neuroprotection using sodium proton exchange inhibitors?

Neonatology, University College London and
Division of Perinatal - Neonatal Medicine - CHUV
University of Lausanne


Invited by
Peter Clarke

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Anthony Holtmaat

In vivo imaging of experience-dependent structural plasticity in the mouse neocortex


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, New York

Invited by
Graham Knott

October 26, 2006


Gregor Hasler

Discovering endophenotypes for affective disorders

University Department of Psychiatry, Zurich

Invited by
Pierre Baumann

December 14, 2006


Doris Albrecht

Plasticity changes in the lateral amygdala in different animal models of epilepsy

Institute of Neurophysiology
Universitätsklinikum, Charité, CCM, Germany

Invited by
Ron Stoop




January 20,


Reinhard Jahn

Exocytosis of synaptic vesicles

Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

Invited by
Romano Regazzi and Andrea Volterra

February 10,

Hanno Würbel and Simone Macri

Developmental plasticity of brain and behaviour in rodents'and'Maternal programming of stress and fear responses in rats: environmental modulation and physiological constraints


Institute of Veterinary physiology, University of Giessen, Switzerland

Invited by
Fulvio Magara

February 15,


Karel Svoboda

Imaging Experience-Dependent Plasticity in the Neocortex

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, New York

Invited by
Graham Knott

February 24,

Martin Schwab

Promoting hardware repair and functional recovery in the injured central nervous system

Brain Research Institute,
University of Zurich and Department of Biology,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich


Invited by

March 10,


Mathias Bähr

Neurodegeneration - Neuroprotection: Models - Mechanisms - Therapy?

Department of Neurology, University Hospital Göttingen

Invited by
Christian Widmann

March 16,


Luis de Lecea

Peptides in control of sleep and wakefulness

The Scripps Research Institute

Invited by
Olivier.Halfon and

April 8,

Richard B. Banati

Neuron-glia interaction in brain disease: Neuroimaging results on microglial activation

Ramaciotti Centre for Brain Imaging,
Brain-Mind Research Institute,
University of Sydney , Australia


Invited by
Pierre Magistretti

April 21,

Urs Albrecht

The circadian clock: genes, environment and behaviour

Department of Medicine, Division of Biochemistry, University of Fribourg


Invited by
Chin Eap

May 12,


Silvia Arber

Genetic control of neuronal circuit formation in the developing spinal cord

Biozentrum, Basel

Invited by
Graham Knott

May 12,

Olaf Pongs

Conditional transgenic suppression of M channels in mouse brain reveals functions in neuronal excitability, resonance and behavior


University of Hamburg , Germany

Invited by
Bernard Rossier

May 26,


Florian Engert

Visual Processing in the Developing Zebrafish

Harvard University
Cambridge , MA

Invited by
Paola Bezzi

June 2,

Christiane Charriaut-

Ischémie cérébrale chez le rat immature: de la mort cellulaire à la neuroprotection

Groupe Hypoxie et Ischémie Cérébrale Développementale, UMR-CNRS 7102, Paris


Invited by
Peter Clarke

June 16,

Eckart Gundelfinger

Assembly and molecular organization of the active zone of neurotransmitter release

Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology,
Dept. of Neurochemistry and Molecular Biology, Germany


Invited by
Gabriele  Grenningloh

July 7,

Giles Hardingham

Transcriptional events underlying long-lasting activity-dependent neuroprotection

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, 
University of Edinburgh, Scotland


Invited by
Peter Clarke

July 11,

Christian Gonzalez-

The role of microtubule-associated protein 1 B in axonal elongation, neuronal migration and axonal guidance


Department of Biology,  Faculty of Sciences,
Universidad de Chile, Chile

Invited by

August 19,

Anthony Hannan

Gene-environment interactions mediating experience-dependent plasticity in the healthy and diseased cerebral cortex


Howard Florey Institute University of Melbourne, Australia

Invited by
Graham Knott

September 1,

Pierrick Poisbeau

Inflammatory pain upregulates spinal GABAergic inhibition via stimulation of neurosteroid production

Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology
University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg


Invited by
Ron Stoop

September 15,

Christel Genoud

Plasticity of the adult somatosensory cortex

Department of Cellular Biology and Morphology
University of Lausanne


Invited by
Christel Genoud

September 22,

Ole Peter Ottersen

How about Water
transport in the brain

Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience
Department of Anatomy
University of Oslo , Norway


Invited by
Jerôme Badaut

October 6,

Stéphane Oliet

Functional neuroglial interactions in the hypothalamus

CNRS Investigator, Inserm U378
Morphofunctional neurobiology Lab.
Bordeaux Neurosciences Institute,
Institut François Magendie


Invited by
Andrea Volterra

October 13,

Iratxe Ciriza

Neuroprotective actions of progesterone in the hippocampus

Dept. Neuronal Plasticity
Neurosciences Institute "Ramón y Cajal",
Madrid , Spain


Invited by
Jean-Yves Chatton

November 17,

Florin Amzica

Neuronal, glial and ionic contributions to the transformation of sleep oscillations into spike-wave seizures

Department of Physiology
School of Medicine
Laval University
Quebec , Canada


Invited by
Andrea Volterra

November 25,

Eric Bushong

Astrocyte Territories in the Cortex and their Development

MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit,
Oxford University, UK


Invited by
Andrea Volterra

December 1, 2005

François Guillemot

Transcriptional control of neurogenesis

Division of Molecular Neurobiology
National Institute for Medical Research, London


Invited by
Cécile Lebrand




January 22,


Thomas Oertner

Multivesicular release and short term plasticity in single synapses

Friedrich Miescher Institute
Novartis Research Foundation, Basel

Invited by
G. Knott

February 5,

Beat Lutz  

Mouse genetics in the quest for the physiological functions of
the endogenous cannabinoid system

Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Münich

Invited by
J.-P. Cardinaux and
P. Magistretti


February 11,

Eleanor T. Coffey

Understanding JNK action in neuronal physiology and disease


Turku Centre for Biotechnology
Abo Akademi and Turku University Finland

Invited by
P. Clarke


February 17,


Marina Catsicas

Imaging the making of the retina: investigating the role of calcium signaling and Gap junctions

Center for Neurosciences
University of Freiburg, Germany

Invited by
E. Welker

February 19 ,


Giovanni Laviola

Adolescence and psychobiological risk factors for vulnerability to psychostimulants

Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma

Invited by
F. Magara

March 12,


Daniel Jeanmonod

Mécanismes dysrythmiques thalamocorticaux dans la neuropsychiatrie

University Hospital Zurich
Neurosurgical Department

Invited by
Kim Do

March 25,

Stéphane Sizonenko

Hypoxia-ischemia in the developing brain: neuropathological, neuroimaging and functional alterations


Départements de pédiatrie et de Neurosciences fondamentales
Université de Genève

Invited by
P. Clarke and
A. Truttmann

April 1,


Andreas Luthi

Input specific mechanisms of associative synaptic plasticity in the lateral amygdala

Biozentrum, Basel

Invited by
Ron Stoop

April 15,


Michael Frotscher

Laminating the thalamus

Department of Anatomy
University of Freiburg

Invited by
Gabriele Grenningloh

April 22,


Alex Mauron

Etique et neurosciences

Centre Medical Universitaire, Geneva

Invited by
Florence Morgenthaler

May 6,

Mathias De Roo

Modulation of GABA(A) and P2X receptors activity by neurosteroids

Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie
Cellulaire et Integree,
UMR 7519-CNRS,
Universite Louis Pasteur
Strasbourg , France


Invited by
Ron Stoop

May 13,

Eva Mandelkow

Microtubule-Associated Protein Tau: Phosphorylation, Role in Axonal Transport, and Relationship with Alzeimer's Neurodegeneration


Max-Planck-Unit for structural molecular biology,

Invited by
Beat Riederer

May 27,


Anne McKinney

The Role of Glutamatergic Transmission in Dendritic Spine Dynamics

Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich

Invited by
Kim Do

June 10,


Eric Newman

Glial Cell Regulation of Synaptic Transmission in the Retina

University of Minnesota , USA

Invited by
Andrea Volterra

June 22,

Masao Ito

"How does the cerebellum automatize movements and thoughts? Long-term depression and internal model mechanism"


Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan

Invited by
Michel Cuénod

June 24,


Jacopo Meldolesi

Enlargeosome, from Serendipity to Cell Biology

Department of Neuroscience, University San Raffaele, Milan

Invited by
Andrea Volterra

July 2,

Thierry Steimer

Neuroendocrine and behavioural aspects of divergent stress responses in Roman High-(RHA) and Low-(RLA)-Avoidance rats


Department of Pharmacology
Geneva University Hospital, Geneva

Invited by
Fulvio Magara

July 6,


Sophia Soehrman

Study of SCG10 in vivo during mouse development and its role in endocytosis

Département de Biologie Cellulaire et de Morphologie,
Université de Lausanne

Invited by
Graham Knott

September 14,

Guosong Liu

Organization of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic connections on the dendritic tree and its implications for neural computation  

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Center for Learning and Memory, and RIKEN-MIT Neuroscience Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


Invited by
Graham Knott

October 28,

Karl A. Kasischke

Multiphoton functional imaging of astrocytic and neuronal metabolism - implications for the astrocyte-neuron lactate shuttle hypothesis 

NIH-NIBIB Developmental Resource for Biomedical Imaging School of Applied & Engineering Physics, Cornell University, New York


Invited by
Luc Pellerin

November 11,


Kevan AC Martin

Canonical Circuits of Neocortex

Institute of Neuroinformatics
ETHZ , Zürich

Invited by
Graham Knott

December 16,

Beat Schwaller

Cytosolic Ca2+-binding proteins are more than "simple" Ca2+ chelators: Parvalbumin-deficiency affects GABA-ergic transmission resulting in increased susceptibility to epileptic seizures


Division Histologie
Département de Médecine
Université de Fribourg

Invited by
Ron Stoop

December 21,


Felipe Barros

Acute modulation of glucose transport by glutamate in neurons and astrocytes

Centro de Estudios Cientificos CECS, Valdivia , Chile

Invited by
Luc Pellerin



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