“50 years of Barrel Cortex”
In 1970, Woolsey and van der Loos discovered that the tactile whiskers on the rodent snout were individually represented in the primary somatosensory cortex by somatotopically-arranged anatomical units, which they termed ‘barrels’. These precise barrel maps have fascinated neuroscientists ever since their discovery and have allowed detailed structure-function analyses. This symposium celebrates 50 years of barrel cortex research focusing on the latest advances in diverse topics including orofacial sensation and motor control, whisker sensory coding, barrel cortex circuits, long range circuits, development and plasticity.
“What is memory? – Molecular, cellular and computational answers”
What is memory? In this one and a half day meeting, leading experts in memory research gather to shed light from different angles on the fascinating question of what memories are made of. This symposium will cover genetic, epigenetic, molecular, synaptic, cellular and brain oscillatory aspects of memory formation and storage; address the topics of memory consolidation, engrams, and non-neuronal mnemonic substrates; and comprise cognitive, computational, and evolutionary concepts of memory storage and change. This meeting is intended for researchers interested in memory research in these and other subfields.
“Fear Learning: from neuronal circuits to translation”
Anxiety disorders are widespread in the human population. At the same time, the behavioral paradigm of fear learning offers researchers a platform to investigate the neuronal circuit basis of emotionally motivated learning behaviors, exploiting state-of-the-art optic- and genetic approaches in mice. Understanding the fundamental molecular, cellular- and circuit mechanisms of fear learning will form the basis for an improved treatment of anxiety in the future. The Symposium brings together researchers investigating fundamental mechanisms of fear learning and of fear reversal, as well as researchers working on translational aspects of fear learning.