Francis Crick Symposium-Transforming Neurosciences: Questions & Experiments

Suzhou, China 
April 15-19, 2019 
Abstract deadline: February 22, 2019

Organized by:

Hailan Hu, Zhejiang University, China

Maiken Nedergaard, University of Rochester Medical Center, USA

John O’Keefe, University College London, United Kingdom

Hee-Sup Shin, Institute for Basic Science, South Korea

Alcino Silva, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Francis Crick Symposium-Transforming Neurosciences: Questions & Experiments which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday April 15, and will conclude after lunch on Friday April 19, 2019.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Transforming Neurosciences. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions. 

Major Topics:
1.Molecular, cellular and circuit mechanisms of memory 
2.Social neuroscience
3.Instinct behavior
4.New technology
5.Hippocampal formation
6.Neuroglial signaling

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Carol Barnes, University of Arizona, USA
Abstract title:Impact of age on neural circuits critical to memory
Mu-Ming Poo, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Macaque models for neurobiology and biomedical research

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Camilla Bellone, University of Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Role of Superior Colliculus-Midbrain dopamine pathway in conspecific interactions
Inbal Goshen , The Hebrew University, ISRAEL
Abstract title:Activity-dependent and projection-specific effects of astrocytes on plasticity and memory.
Abstract title:Optogenetic control of cellular processes in the mouse brain
Hailan Hu, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Abstract title:Relief as a Natural Resilience Mechanism against Depression
Baljit Khakh, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title:Astrocyte signaling within striatal microcircuits in vivo
Anatol Kreitzer, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title:Striatal indirect pathway dysfunction drives motor deficits in a mouse model of human dyskinesia
Julija Krupic, University of Cambridge, UK
Abstract title: Medial entorhinal grid deformations in large irregular spaces
Stephan Lammel, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:Dopamine circuits in reward and aversion
C. Justin Lee, Korea Institute of Science & Technology, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title:Tonic GABA from astrcoytes controls cognition and behavior at slow time scale via tonic inhibition.
Yulong Li, Peking University, CHINA
Abstract title:Spying on the dynamics of purinergic and monoaminergic neuromodulation by constructing new genetically-encoded GRAB sensors
Bo Li, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Abstract title:The amygdala circuits in motivated behaviors
Christian Lüscher, University of Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:A brain circuit for compulsive drug comsumption
Jeffrey Magee, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Mechanisms of experience-dependent hippocampal representations
Robert Malenka, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Neural mechanisms of social reward
Maiken Nedergaard, University of Rochester, USA
Abstract title: The nightlife of the brain
Hitoshi Okamoto, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, JAPAN
Abstract title:Goal directed behavior based on future prediction by adult zebrafish
John O'Keefe, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:How rats navigate: recent studies on the honeycomb maze
Teruhiro Okuyama, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title:Social memory engram in the hippocampus
Ole Paulsen, University of Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:Neuromodulation of plasticity - from synapse to behavior
Hee-Sup Shin, Institute for Basic Science, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title:Genes and circuits underlying empathy fear in mice
Alcino Silva, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title:Genetic manipulations of CCR5 and the multifaceted molecular, cellular and circuit mechanisms of cognitive enhancement: a cautionary tale
Jin Zhang, University of California, San Diego, USA
Abstract title:Cellular Biochemical Activity Architecture for Signal Sensing and Processing

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in April, 2019.

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