The meeting consisted of a mix of platform presentations, short talks and poster sessions by researchers from diverse field, fostering inter-disciplinary integration. Sessions were arranged by broad themes that stimulated discussion across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The programme will ran over 4 days, starting on the evening of April 21st 2009 with an opening reception and first keynote lecture and ending with a Gala dinner on the evening of the 24th.
- Building the brain - mechanisms of patterning, cell migration and axon guidance and their implication in disease (e.g., schizophrenia, dyslexia).
- Making connections - mechanisms of synapse formation and its implication in disease (e.g., autism, epilepsy).
- The genetic architecture of psychiatric and neurological disorders - rare versus common allele disease models, de novo mutation, epistasis, methods to find risk genes for human disorders.
- From genotype to phenotype - integrating cell biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, neuroimaging and behaviour from model organisms to humans.
- Rewiring the adult nervous system - adult neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity, stem cells.
- From brain to mind - understanding the structure and function of neuronal microcircuits and larger networks and how they mediate cognition, perception and behaviour.