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ISN Satellite Workshop Astrocytic Control of Brain Circuits and Behavior

August 5, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - August 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm


João Filipe Oliveira, Braga, Portugal

Christian Henneberger, University of Bonn, Germany


Scientific description

Recent technological developments allowing specific manipulation of astrocytes in behaving animals created a new research field aiming to dissect the role of astrocytes in higher brain functions. Neuron-glial networks display a surprising degree of complexity, where astrocyte neurochemical signaling modulates neuronal circuit function. This dialogue at the cellular level is reflected in the network outputs, thereby affecting the production of behavior.

This satellite event will gather experts to discuss the contribution of the underlying astrocyte physiological mechanisms to this equation: molecular, morphological, metabolic, and functional heterogeneity; and the balance between focal and global calcium astrocyte activity.

This diverse panel will also ensure a stimulating discussion based on various opinions and approaches to tackle the common goal of understanding astrocyte modulation of neural circuits and behavior.



Alfonso Araque – University of Minnesota, USA

Amit Agarwal – Heidelberg University, Germany

Annalisa Scimemi – University at Albany, USA

Audrey Denizot – Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Axel Nimmerjahn – Salk Institute, USA

Chris Dulla – Tufts University, USA

Christian Henneberger – Institute of Cellular Neurosciences, University of Bonn, Germany

Gertrudis Perea – Cajal Institute, Spain

Inbal Goshen – The Hebrew University, Israel

João Filipe Oliveira – ICVS, School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Matthew Holt – i3S, Porto, Portugal

Rune Enger – University of Oslo, Norway

Ruth Beckvordersandforth – Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany

Tommaso Fellin – Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

Yukiko Goda – RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan



Registration is open!

Early Bird Registration: April 28

Regular Registration: July 14


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August 5, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
August 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm


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