Sunday 14th April

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SsA: Rapid-fire poster talks
A series of short talks from selected poster abstracts

S1: Grid cells: Beyond self-location
Freyja Olafsdottir, University College London, UK (co-chair) - The contribution of grid cells to navigation​
Kimberly Stachenfeld, DeepMind, London, UK (co-chair) - Dimensionality reduction of a hippocampal predictive map with grid cells
Michael Hasselmo, Boston University, US - Coding of space and time in the entorhinal cortex
Joseph O'Neill, Cardiff University, UK - Superficial layers of the medial entorhinal cortex replays independent of the hippocampus

S2: The multi-morbid old brain
Convened by the British Neuropathological Society
Johannes Attems, Newcastle University, UK (co-chair) - Neuropathology of age associated neurodegeneration​
Tiago Outeiro, Georg August University, Germany (co-chair) - Protein modifications and interactions in neurodegeneration
Lauren Walker, Newcastle University, UK - Post-translationally modified amyloid beta in neurodegeneration
Colin Smith, University of Edinburgh, UK - Brain banking in dementia research

S3: Precision therapy: Antisense oligonucleotides targeting coding and noncoding RNAs for neurological disorders
Convened by Neuroscience Ireland

Cristina Reschke, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland (co-chair) - A microRNA-based disease-modifying therapy for epilepsy: journey to pre-clinical development
Suzan Hammond, University of Oxford, UK - Oligonucleotide therapies for neuromuscular diseases
Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, University College London, UK - Therapies targeting DNA and RNA in Huntington's disease
Gerhard Schratt, ETH Zurich, Switzerland - Novel non-coding RNA transcripts and their binding proteins as targets to shape neuronal network stability

S4: Brain network development
Convened by the French Neuroscience Society

Alain Chédotal, Institut de la Vision, France - 3D analysis of axon guidance with light sheet microscopy​
Rosa Cossart, INSERM, France - Development of hippocampal assemblies
Simon Butt, University of Oxford, UK - Interneuron diversity and development
Christopher Eaton, University of Birmingham, UK - Epilepsy, seizures and EEG findings in young people with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

S5: Neurobiological candidates for the rapid antidepressant response to ketamine
Convened by the British Pharmacological Society

Philip Cowen, University of Oxford, UK (co-chair) - Psychopharmacological mechanisms involved in the rapid antidepressant actions of ketamine and nitrous oxide​
John Krystal, Yale Medical School, USA - Glutamatergic responses to ketamine mediate neuroplasticity and antidepression  
Martin Walter, University of Tübingen, Germany - Brain network reflections of ketamine's glutamatergic and noradrenergic effects
Ginetta Collo, University of Brescia, Italy - Do actions of ketamine on dopaminergic transmission contribute to its antidepressant effects
Chair: Clare Stanford, UCL, UK

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Exhibition hall, CCD


W1: Big Data: Management, modelling & collaboration 
Madeleine Lowery, University College Dublin, Ireland (chair) - Modelling big data, an inter-disciplinary approach​
Clare Gillan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland - Big Data: techniques and collaboration for psychiatric health 
John Terry, University of Exeter, UK - Computational Biology
Damien Coyle, Ulster University, UK - Neurotechnology and Brain-Computer Interfaces
Sara Pulit, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands - Computational biology applications in large-scale omics data: examples from obesity genetics

S6: Kisspeptin: a novel regulator of sex hormone secretion and sexual behaviour​
Convened by the British Society for Neuroendocrinology

Waljit Dhillo, Imperial College London, UK - Kisspeptin modulates sexual and emotional brain processing in humans
Su Han, University of Otago, New Zealand (co-chair) - Arcuate kisspeptin neurons are the long-elusive hypothalamic pulse generator driving fertility​
Kevin O’Byrne, King's College London, UK (co-chair) - Amygdala kisspeptin, sexual behaviour and anxiety in rodent models​
Julie Bakker, University of Liège, Belgium - Female sexual behaviour in mice is controlled by kisspeptin neurones

S7: The link between neuroinflammation and dysregulated metabolism in the context of age and Alzheimer's disease
Convened by Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland

Marie-Victoire Guillot-Sestier, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland - Immunometabolism and Alzheimer’s disease: Alteration of microglial metabolic function with age and cerebral amyloidosis
Catherine B. Lawrence, University of Manchester, UK (co-chair) - The role of zinc deficiency and neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease
Michael Heneka, University of Bonn Medical Center, Germany - The inflammasome in AD
Marina Lynch, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (co-chair) - Inflammasome activation in microglia is accompanied by a switch towards glycolysis: Assessment of the impact on neuronal function

S8: Mental illness in children and adolescents: neuroscience, ethics and practice in psychopharmacology
Convened by the British Association of Psychopharmacology and the International Neuroethics Society

Judith Homberg, Radboud University, The Netherlands - Psychopharmacology in the young and developing brain: perspectives from experimental animal studies
Ciara McCabe, University of Reading, UK - Anhedonia and adolescent depression
Paramala Santosh, King's College, London, UK - Child psychopharmacology and development: perspectives from real world clinical practice
Gabriela Pavarini, University of Oxford, UK (co-chair) - Early intervention and moral development in child psychiatry​
Co-chair: Mitul Mehta, KCL, UK

S9: Neural processes and precursors of self-initiated action
Nima Khalighinejad, University of Oxford, UK (co-chair) - Neural circuits of value-guided self-initiated action in non-human primates​
Patrick Haggard, University College London, UK (co-chair) - Volition and action in the human brain​
Liad Mudrik, Tel Aviv University, Israel - To will or not to will: neural precursors of deliberate and arbitrary decisions
Joaquim Alves da Alves, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal - Dopamine neuron activity before action initiation

S10: Epigenetics of Neuropsychiatric Disorders 
Convened by The Genetics Society
Schahram Akbarian, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA - The Brain’s Folded Genomes. Implications for Schizophrenia and Other Psychiatric Disease
Arturas Petronis, University of Toronto, Canada - Epigenetics and delayed age of onset of psychiatric disease
Therese Murphy, Technological University Dublin, Ireland - Genome-Wide DNA Methylation meta-analysis in the Brains of Suicide Completers
Elaine Murray, Ulster University, UK - DNA methylation analysis of samples from young adults with depression supports a link with the immune response​
Chair: Colum Walsh, Ulster University, UK

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Opening words by BNA President, Professor Stafford Lightman


P1: Ray Dolan, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UK

Decisions, uncertainty and rewards

NSI Plenary lecture, NSI Distinguished Investigator Award 2018 recipient and 2017 Brain Prize winner 
18:20 - 19:20, the Auditorium, CCD


Exhibition hall, CCD

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