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Excitatory Synapses and Brain Function (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Signaling at the Synapse — Mechanisms of Modulation and Plasticity


May 27-28, 2017


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland


Paul R. Evans & Andrea K. Globa

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Excitatory Synapses and Brain Function is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting will highlight recent advances on mechanisms of excitatory synaptic plasticity and modulation of excitatory synaptic function, with a focus on key signaling events underlying these processes. The meeting will empower young bench scientists to showcase their work in a welcoming environment of peers, while also providing a venue for professional development through a career development and mentoring panel composed of leaders from different research sectors including academia, government, and industry.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Excitatory Synapses and Brain Function" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Experiential Plasticity and Behavior
Discussion Leader: Paul Evans (Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmManuel Mameli (The University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Plasticity in Habenular Circuits for Aversive and Depressive States"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMechanisms of Excitatory Synaptic Plasticity
Discussion Leaders: Brittney Cox (University of California, Irvine, USA) and Michael Loureiro (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmAshley Bourke (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Dynamic Regulation of Recycling Endosome Cargo Trafficking by Local Synaptic Activity"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmMaria Japel (Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, FMP Berlin, Germany)
"Intersectin1 Facilitates Presynaptic Release Site Clearance of SNARE Complexes"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmAlicia Purkey (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Requirement of AKAP79/150 Palmitoylation in Synaptic Plasticity"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmBrooke Sinnen (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Determining the Mechanism of β-Amyloid Induced NMDA Receptor Dysfunction"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDevelopment and Modulation of Excitatory Synapses
Discussion Leaders: Sivakumar Sambandan (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany) and Santiago Rompani (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland)
9:00 am - 9:20 amHaider Altimimi (McGill University, Canada)
"Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Governs the Synaptic and Behavioral Response to Stress"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amGiordano Lippi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"MicroRNAs Instruct the Development of the Excitatory Input to Balance Adult Networks"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amTiago Campelo (Interdisciplinary Institute for NeuroScience, CNRS / University of Bordeaux, France)
"In Vivo Dynamics of AMPARs During Experience-Dependent Cortical Plasticity"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAdil Khan (Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland)
"Learning Changes the Selectivity and Interactions of Excitatory and Inhibitory Cell Classes in Visual Cortex"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel Discussion
Discussion Leader: Andrea Globa (University of British Columbia, Canada)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Successful Career Strategies for Junior Scientists"
  • Claudia Bagni (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Stephan Lammel (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Karen Zito (University of California, Davis, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13NS101855-01 from the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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