Latest Advances in Development & Function of Neuronal Circuits, AWAJI, JAPAN

Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, JAPAN 
September 25-28, 2018  

Abstract deadline: July 27th, 2018

Conference Agenda

Organized by:

Frank Bradke, DZNE, GERMANY

Kazuo Emoto, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN

Hailan Hu, Zhejiang University, CHINA

Alcino Silva, University of California Los Angeles, USA


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Latest Advances in Development & Function of Neuronal Circuits which will be held in Awaji, JAPAN, close to Kobe. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Tuesday September 25, and will conclude after lunch on September 28, 2018.

The conference will include oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in neuronal circuits. 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.


Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in JAPAN are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando.

Major Topics:
1. Neuronal Cell Biology
2. Neuronal Circuits
3. Stem Cells
4. Sensory Systems & Perception
5. Neuronal & Brain Development
6. Higher Brain Function & Behavior
7. Disease Models & Mechanisms
8. Technological Innovations

Keynote Speaker (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Liqun Luo, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: Connections and communications between distributed neural circuits
Yasushi Miyashita, RIKEN CBS, JAPAN
Abstract title: Beyond memory circuit: brain-wide network of cognitive memory and metamemory in the primate

Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Claudia Bagni, University of Lausanne, SWITZERLAND

Frank Bradke, DZNE, GERMANY
Hollis Cline, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Abstract title: Experience-dependent regulation of structural and functional plasticity in Xenopus optic tectal neurons
Mauro Costa-Mattioli, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Fiona Doetsch, University of Basel, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: The niche goes global: Long-range regulation of adult neural stem cells
Kazuo Emoto, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Aaron Gitler, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: Expanding Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets for Neurodegenerative Disease
Joseph Gleeson, UCSD, USA
Hailan Hu, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Abstract title: Ketamine, burst and depression
Lily Jan, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: Convergent circuitry for thermoregulation
Yuh-Nung Jan, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Weidong Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CHINA
Abstract title: UTX histone demethylase deficiency causes cognitive impairments
Gero Miesenböck, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract title: The homeostatic regulation and biological function of sleep
Jennifer Raymond, Stanford University, USA
Nirao Shah, Stanford University, USA
Alcino Silva, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title: mTOR-Dependent Interferon Signaling in Microglia modulates Social Memory in Mice
Pierre Vanderhaeghen, VIB Leuven, BELGIUM
Abstract title: Deciphering species-specific properties of human corticogenesis
Yumiko Yoshimura, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, JAPAN
Abstract title: The roles of visual experience in the maturation of neural responses in the visual cortex
Michisuke Yuzaki, Keio University School of Medicine, JAPAN
Abstract title: The C1q complement family of synaptic organizers: not just complementary
Lawrence Zipursky, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

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 (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on this 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 attending the conference will be selected for fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Awaji in September, 2018.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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