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Workshop 2013

Methods in Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience

January 23-25, 2013

Department of Physiology, University of Bern, Bühlplatz 5, seminar room


Alain Kaelin, Sonja Kleinlogel, Fred Mast, René Müri, Thomas Nevian, Kaspar Schindler and Jürg Streit
Depts. of Neurology, Cognitive Psychology and Physiology, University of Bern


Kristoffer Aberg, University of Geneva

Marcel Arnold, Dept. of Neurology, University of Bern

Laura Ballerini, Life Science, University of Trieste

Antonny Czarnecki, Physiopathologie des Maladies du Système Nerveux Central (PMSNC), CNRS, INSERM, Université P&M Curie, Paris

Christine Capper-Loup, Dept. of Neurology, University of Bern

Bo Gao, Dept. of Neurology, University of Bern

Jürg Gertsch, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Bern

Matthias Hartmann, Dept. of Psychology, University of Bern

Alain Kaelin, Dept. of Neurology, University of Bern

István Katona, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Sonja Kleinlogel, Dept. of Physiology, University of Bern

Corinna Martarelli, Dept. of Psychology, University of Bern

Fred Mast, Dept of Cognitive Psychology, University of Bern

Sarah Moyle, Dept. of Physiology, University of Bern

Thomas Nevian, Dept. of Physiology, University of Bern

Christian Rummel, Dept. of Neuroradiology, University of Bern

Smita Saxena, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern

Kaspar Schindler, Dept. of Neurology, University of Bern

Michael Schüpbach, Dept. of Neurology, University of Bern

Tamas Szikra, Friedrich Miescher Institute, University of Basel

Keisuke Yonehara, Friedrich Miescher Institute, University of Basel

Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zürich

Participants of the BENEFRI Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience are requested to present a poster about their research projects. Please send the title and a short abstract of your presentation not later than January 18, 2013 to:

Credits: 2 ECTS points; 1 day of continuing education for persons involved in animal experiments.

The workshop is also open for non-participants of the BENEFRI Ph.D. program in Neuroscience. Guests are welcome. No fees. Please register immediately. The number of participants is limited !

Deadline for registration : January 18, 2013

Register per email to:


Wednesday, January 23

09:15-09:20Introduction (Streit, Physiology Bern)
09:20-10:20Epidemiology, neurophysiology, classification and treatment of epilepsy
10:30-10:45Coffee break
10:45-11:45Quantitative analysis of EEG in epilepsy research
12:00-13:15Lunch break
13:15-14:15Student's poster session I >>
14:15-15:00STORM super-resolution microscopy enables cell type- and synapse-specific quantitative molecular imaging of the endocannabinoid system. (Katona, Experimental Medicine Budapest)
15:00-15:30Endocannabinoid membrane transport - controversies and new insights (Gertsch, Biochemistry Bern)
15:30-15:45Coffee break
15:45-16:30Endocannabinoid dependent synaptic plasticity in the spinal sorsal horn (Zeilhofer, Pharmacology Zürich)
16:30-17:00Retrograde signalling in spike-timing dependent depression (Nevian, Physiology Bern)

Thursday, January 24

09:15-09:55Introduction: variety of tools (Kleinlogel)
09:55-10:35Applications in heart (Moyle, Physiology Bern)
10:35-10:50Coffee break
10:50-11:30The double life of rod photoreceptors: in the dark and in the light (Szikra, FMI Basel)
11:30-12:10The function and dysfunction of motion-sensitive retinal circuits (Yonehara, FMI Basel)
12:10-13:15Lunch break
13:15-14:15Student's poster session II >>
14:15-14:45Introduction: Promoting Cognitive Performance (Mast)
14:45-15:30Shared characteristics between perceptual learning and long-term potentiation (LTP): a link between synaptic plasticity and behavior(Aberg, Geneva)
15:30-15:45Coffee break
15:45-16:10Working memory training: transfer and regime (Hartmann, Psychology Bern)
16:10-16:35Eye movements to blank spaces: From imagery to memory processes (Martarelli, Psychology Bern)
16:35-17:00Discussion, outlook and visions

Friday, January 25

09:15-10:00Clinical aspects of acute stroke treatment (Arnold, Neurology, Bern)
10:00-10:30Experimental ischemic stroke in rodents: sleep modulation of stroke outcomes (Gao, Neurology, Bern)
10:30-10:40Coffee break
10:40-11:10Motor learning in Parkinson's disease (Kaelin, Neurology, Bern)
11:10-11:35The 6-OHDA rat model of Parkinson's disease (Capper-Loup, Neurology, Bern)
11:35-12:00Insight into the human brain with deep brain stimulation (Schuepbach, Neurology, Bern)
12:00-13:15Lunch break
13:15-14:15Student's poster session III >>
14:15-15:00Growing neurons integrated to conductive nanomaterial: an innovative technology to engineer neuronal signaling (Ballerini, Life Science Trieste)
15:00-15:15Coffee break
15:15-16:00Experimental methods to study motoneuron diseases (Saxena, Cell Biology Bern)
16:00-16:45Giant depolarizing potentials govern motoneuron activity at the onset of synaptogenesis in the embryonic spinal cord (Czarnecki, PMSNC, Paris)

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