About

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 more than 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.

The EPFL Neuro Symposium is organized by the Brain Mind Institute at the School of Life Sciences.

Speakers

Hillel Adesnik
Speaker

University of California, Berkeley
USA

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Hillel Adesnik
Speaker
Jerry Chen
Speaker

Boston University
USA

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Jerry Chen
Speaker
Michael Economo
Speaker

Boston University, Boston
USA

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Michael Economo
Speaker
Moritz Helmstaedter
Speaker

MPI Frankfurt
DE

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Moritz Helmstaedter
Speaker
David Kleinfeld
Speaker & Organizer

University of California, San Diego
USA

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David Kleinfeld
Speaker & Organizer
Daniel O'Connor
Speaker & Organizer

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
USA

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Daniel O'Connor
Speaker & Organizer
Jochen Staiger
Speaker & Organizer

Unversitätsmedizin Göttingen
DE

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Jochen Staiger
Speaker & Organizer
Alison Barth
Speaker

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
USA

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Alison Barth
Speaker
Christiaan de Kock
Organizer

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
NL

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Christiaan de Kock
Organizer
Dan Feldman
Speaker & Organizer

University of California, Berkeley
USA

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Dan Feldman
Speaker & Organizer
Anthony Holtmaat
Speaker & Organizer

University of Geneva
CH

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Anthony Holtmaat
Speaker & Organizer
Josh Huang
Speaker

Duke University School of Medecine, Durham
USA

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Josh Huang
Speaker
David Golomb
Speaker

Ben Gurion University, Be'er-Sheva
ISRAEL

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David Golomb
Speaker
Soohyun Lee
Speaker

National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda
USA

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Soohyun Lee
Speaker
Michael Brecht
Speaker

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin
DE

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Michael Brecht
Speaker
Martin Deschênes
Speaker

Cervo Brain Research Centre, University Laval, Québec
CA

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Martin Deschênes
Speaker
Michael Häusser
Speaker

University College London
UK

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Michael Häusser
Speaker
Huib Mansvelder
Speaker

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
NL

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Huib Mansvelder
Speaker
Marcel Oberlaender
Speaker

MPI, Bonn
DE

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Marcel Oberlaender
Speaker
Randy Bruno
Speaker

University of Oxford, UK

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Randy Bruno
Speaker
Fan Wang
Speaker & Organizer

MIT, Cambridge,
USA

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Fan Wang
Speaker & Organizer
Solange Brown
Speaker & Organizer

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
USA

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Solange Brown
Speaker & Organizer
Mathew Diamond
Speaker & Organizer

SISSA, Trieste
IT

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Mathew Diamond
Speaker & Organizer
Fritjof Helmchen
Speaker & Organizer

University of Zurich
CH

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Fritjof Helmchen
Speaker & Organizer
Miguel Maravall
Speaker

University of Sussex
UK

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Miguel Maravall
Speaker
Daniel Shulz
Speaker

Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, Gif sur Yvette
FR

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Daniel Shulz
Speaker
Carl Petersen
Organizer

EPFL, Lausanne
CH

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Carl Petersen
Organizer

Program

Session 1 – Orofacial sensation and motor control

Chair: Carl Petersen
13:50 – 14:00

Welcome

Carl Petersen

Welcome speech

14:00 – 15:00

David Kleinfeld, Fan Wang, David Golomb
Hierarchical circuit for the control of orofacial motor actions

University of California, San Diego, USA
MIT, Cambridge, USA
Ben Gurion University, Be'er-Sheva, Israel

15:00 - 15:15

Keita Tamura
Short Talk // Cell class-specific cortical maps for orofacial motor control

Brain Mind Institute, EPFL

15:15 – 15:45

Michael Economo
Descending pathways for the control of orofacial movements

Boston University, Boston, USA

15:45 – 16:30

Coffee break

Chair: Fan Wang
16:30 – 17:00

Josh Huang
A cortical circuit for oro-manual dexterity in food handling and manipulation

Duke University, USA

17:00 – 17:30

Michael Brecht
* CANCELLED *

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin, Germany

17:00 – 17:15

William Olson
Short talk // Jaw muscle spindle afferents encode complex body kinematics during a directed-licking behavior

Johns Hopkins University, USA

17:15 – 17:45

Martin Deschênes
The role of the paralemniscal pathway

Cervo Brain Research Centre, Québec, Canada

17:45 – Poster session with wine & cheese

09:00-12:30 – Session 2 – Cortex-wide interactions

Chair: Daniel O’Connor
09:00 – 09:30

Michael Hausser
A dendritic substrate for interactions between cortical areas

University College London, UK

09:30 – 09:45

Takayuki Yamashita
Short talk // Primary motor cortex drives expressive orofacial movements related to reward processing in mice

Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Japan)

09:45 – 10:00

Ignacio Alfonso
Short talk // Spatial encoding of forelimb proprioception in the mouse somatosensory cortex

University of Fribourg

10:00 – 10:30

Fritjof Helmchen
Association cortex activity during tactile discrimination behavior in mice

University of Zurich, Switzerland

10:30 – 11:00

Chair: Fritjof Helmchen
11:00 – 11:30

Soohyun Lee
Circuit mechanism underlying functional heterogeneity of cortical principal neurons

National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA

11:30 – 11:45

Matthew Buchan
Short talk // Lineage specifies long-range excitatory subnetworks for higher-order processing

University of Oxford, UK

11:45 – 12:00

Iacopo Hachen
Short talk // History-dependent stimulus representation along the cortical processing stream

International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

12:00 – 12:30

Daniel O'Connor
A cortical network for touch-driven sensorimotor sequence generation

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

12:30-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-19:30 – Session 3 – Barrel cortex circuits

Chair: Solange Brown
14:00 – 14:30

Jochen Staiger
VIP neurons in barrel cortex: cell types and circuits

Unversitätsmedizin Göttingen, Germany

14:30 – 14:45

Felipe Yanez
Short talk // Cell type-specific organization of GABAergic interneurons in a cortical column

Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior, Bonn, Germany

14:45 – 15:00

Tanika Bawa
Short talk // Dynamics in stimulus-feature selectivity of VIP-expressing interneurons in the mouse primary somatosensory cortex during sensory discrimination learning

Centre Medical Universitaire, Geneva

15:00 – 15:30

Huib Mansvelder
VIPs in cortical circuits: do all transcriptomic VIP interneuron types follow the same rules of connectivity

VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

15:30 – 16:00

Chair: Christiaan de Kock
16:00 – 16:30

Solange Brown
Barrel cortex circuits: Lessons from layer 6

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

16:30 – 16:45

Rony Azouz
Short talk // Coexisting Neuronal Coding Strategies in the Barrel Cortex

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel

16:45 – 17:00

Maria Ravera
Short talk // Two channels for the perception of the duration of a sensory stimulus

International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

17:00 – 17:30

Hillel Adesnik
Cortical integration during active sensation drives elementary shape perception

University of California, Berkeley, USA

17:30 – 18:00

Chair: Jochen Staiger
18:00 – 18:30

Moritz Helmstaedter
Cerebral cortex connectomics

MPI Frankfurt, Germany

18:30 – 19:00

Marcel Oberlaender
Thalamus gates top-down modulation of cortical output

Caesar, Bonn, Germany

09:00-12:30 – Session 4 – Whisker sensory coding

Chair: Daniel Feldman
09:00 – 09:30

Mathew Diamond
An attempt to build a single framework for multiple whisker perceptual behaviors

SISSA, Trieste, Italy

09:30 – 09:45

Anastasiia Oryshchuk
Short talk // Experience-dependent representation of sensory-, motor- and decision-related activity in primary sensory, motor, and medial prefrontal

Brain Mind Institute, EPFL

09:45 – 10:00

Maoz Shamir
Short talk // STDP and the distribution of preferred phases of whisking neurons

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel

10:00 – 10:30

Miguel Maravall
Learning a tactile sequence induces selectivity to multiple task variables in the mouse barrel cortex

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

10:30 – 11:00

Chair: David Kleinfeld
 
11:00 – 11:30

Daniel Feldman
Whisker map organization in awake behaving mice

University of California, Berkeley, USA

11:30 – 11:45

Adrian Hoffmann
Short talk // Visual and tactile integration of object location in the mouse barrel cortex and posterior parietal cortex

University of Zurich

11:45 – 12:00

Kuo-Sheng Lee
Short talk // Emergence of tonotopic map in early somatosensory pathway: mechanoreceptors, synaptic networks and transformation of neural coding

University of Geneva

12:00 – 12:30

Daniel Shulz
Multi-whisker sensory processing in primary and secondary somatosensory cortices

Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, Paris, France

12:30-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-17:30 – Session 5 – Plasticity and learning

Chair: Anthony Holtmaat
14:00 – 14:30

Jerry Chen
Abstracting Whisker-Memory Representations in Perirhinal Cortex

Boston University, Boston, USA

14:30 – 14:45

Tanya Sippy
Short talk // Cell Type Specific Sensorimotor Learning in Dorsolateral Striatum

New York University Langone Medical Center, USA

14:45 – 15:00

Abhishek Banerjee
Short talk // Feedback-dependent and independent learning in barrel cortex

Newcastle University, UK)

15:00 – 15:30

Randy Bruno
Context-dependent representations in barrel cortex

University of Oxford, UK

15:30 – 16:00

Chair: Mathew Diamond
 
16:00 – 16:30

Alison Barth
Learning-dependent changes in cortical circuitry

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

16:30 – 16:45

Jun Huang
Short Talk // Changes in nucleus accumbens dopamine signals accompanying reward-based learning of a goal-directed sensorimotor transformation

Brain Mind Institute, EPFL

16:45 -17:15

Anthony Holtmaat
Dynamics in response selectivity of cortical neurons and thalamocortical axons in S1

University of Geneva, Switzerland

17:15

Carl Petersen
Closing remarks

EPFL - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

Sponsors

Registration fees

Registrations are closed

Students*
100 CHF
Included :
Access to lecture room
Coffee breaks
Lunches
Networking aperitif
Others
200 CHF
Included :
Access to lecture room
Coffee breaks
Lunches
Networking aperitif

*Only for all Master & PhD students.

If you are an EPFL PhD student and wish to attend this symposium with the exam to receive 1 credit, please sign-up only in your study plan for BIO 610, State of the Art Topics in Neuroscience XI through the ISA student portal. LNDS PhD students, please consult the conditions on the UNIL website and send your course request with your student ID to edne@epfl.ch.  For EPFL or LNDS PhD students taking the course for credit, the registration is free.  Only 24 PhD students will be accepted to participate for credit.

Certificate of attendance

If you wish to receive one, just send an email to brain_mind@epfl.ch. Please specify in the subject: Barrel Cortex certificate.

Cancellation policy

We kindly request you to notify us in advance if you cannot attend the symposium but have already registered. Unfortunately, attendance fees cannot be returned, but you can transfer your place to another person from your institution by emailing brain_mind@epfl.ch.

Abstract submissions

Abstract submissions are closed

Thank you to those who have submitted an abstract. You will be informed by the end of June if your contribution has been accepted to present a poster and, for those who specified it in their submission, to give a short talk.

If your contribution has been accepted for poster, please prepare a poster size A0 : 119 × 84 cm (height x width) // Vertical. The posters do not have to be sent in advance; please take yours along on the first day of the conference, where they can be put up before the welcome address.

Abstract preparation and format

Please submit a title of no more than 20 words, and keep your abstract to no more than 300 words. Together with this, please also submit affiliations of all authors, sticking to the following format.

Adams, A.(1), Smith, S.(1,2), & Jones, J.(2),
1 Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, USA
2 Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland.
Corresponding author: a.adams@harvard.edu

Practical information

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can’t find your question answered here? Contact us.

When will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place from 6 to 8 July 2022.

Where will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place in the SV1717 room located on the EPFL campus.

Accomodation

Recommended options for accommodation include the Starling Hotel and the Swisstech Hotel for proximity of the conference venue.

Other options include the Hotel Ibis-Centre, Hotel Elite and Hotel Alpha-Palmiers.

Please also see the Lausanne Tourist Office for a comprehensive list of hotels in Lausanne.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist attendees with the booking of their accommodation.

From Geneve airport (Cointrin) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 45 minutes. There are 3 departures per hour. Most connections are direct from the “Geneve aéroport” bus station to Lausanne.

You will find the timetables at this adress :

From Zurich airport (Kloten) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. Some trains have a connection in Bern or  Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Zürich HB). Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Zürich Flughafen”.

From Bâle airport (EuroAirport) to Lausanne

There isn’t any train station in the airport. You’ll have to take a shuttle to the central railway station (Basel SBB) which takes about 20 minutes. The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. There will be a connection weather in Berne or Bienne. Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Basel Airport”.

Coming by train

All train timetables can be find through this link :

From Paris to Lausanne

4 TGV per day connect Paris-Gare de Lyon to Lausanne. The journey is direct and takes about 4 hours.

From Lyon to Lausanne

The journey from Lyon-Part-Dieu” to Lausanne takes 2½ heures. There is a train every 2 hours. Please note that there is a connection in Genève.

From Milan to Lausanne

From Milan central train station, the journey takes 4 hours (3 hours with the cisalpin). There is a departure every 2 hours. Usually there is no connection.

Getting to the conference

Due to severely restricted parking availabilities on EPFL grounds, we strongly recommend using taxi or public transportation to get there. You can reach EPFL using metro line M1 from Lausanne or Renens, bus lines 701 from Morges and 31 from Ecublens/Renens/Prilly.

If driving is the only option, you can purchase parking tickets for the visitor parking (white places) at the parking meters (2 CHF per hour from 7am to 5pm).

Public transportation

Please buy a ticket for the needed number of zones (between 3 and 4CHF)

  • From Lausanne (20 to 30 minutes)

From Lausanne, take the M2 from the CFF train station (next to the Mc Donald). Go down at the Flon stop and take the M1 in direction of Renens and go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL campus to the SV building.

  • From Renens (20mn)

Take the bus n°31 in direction of “Venoge Sud” go down at the stop “Paqueret”, don’t forget to press the red button in the bus to ask the bus to stop. Then walk to the SV building.

Or take the metro m1 in direction of Lausanne Flon, go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL to the SV building.

    • By Uber

    There are Uber drivers in Lausanne. Please download the app on your phone to book a ride.

    • By taxi

    Find below the link to the website of Lausanne taxis.

Meals

EPFL Campus offers a variety of restaurants open to the public.

The coffee breaks, lunches and an aperitif are included in the registration fee and will be served in the SV hall.

Will I be able to connect to the internet ?

Wireless internet access will be granted to the symposium participants:

    Network:        eduroam

    Username :    x-cortex

    Password :     sigkey43 (6 char. + 2 digits)

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