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October 25, 2016
University of Helsinki, Biomedicum, Lecture room 2 (Haartmaninkatu 8, Helsinki)
Healthy and pathological wiring of the developing brain
The main goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers from diverse fields to explore how brain connectivity is established, how genetic variation can affect these processes, how circuit and network function are affected by defects in neural development, how this can lead to neurological disorders and how those disorders can be treated in future.
SESSION I Healthy wiring of the developing brain (9:00-11:45)
Franck Polleux: SRGAP2A and its human-specific paralog SRGAP2C coordinates the development of excitatory and inhibitory synapses
Pirta Hotulainen: Dendritic spine morphogenesis
Sari Lauri: Activity-dependent plasticity mechanisms constructing glutamatergic synapses
Sampsa Vanhatalo: Early development of functional networks in the human
Neuroscientist of the Year: Asla Pitkänen: Post-traumatic epilepsy: from mechanisms to therapy
Novartis Neuroscience Award for the best PhD thesis of the Year
SESSION II Pathological wiring of the developing brain (13:30-15:30)
Scott Soderling: Synaptic pathologies underlying developmental brain disorders
Stephan Ripke: Common variants genetics: what they tell us about biology and treatment of psychiatric illness
Jaana Suvisaari: First-episode psychosis: brain structure and functioning and peripheral metabolic and immunological changes
SESSION III Towards novel treatments (16:00-18:00)
Klas Blomgren: Injury and repair in the developing brain
Outi Hovatta: Stem cell treatments
Sanna Janhunen: Cognition animal models in schizophrenia and new treatment mechanisms
Dan Lindholm: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor
Poster session (18:00-19:30)
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Neuroscience Finland 2016 and Minerva Symposium