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Workshop 2016

Experimental Neuroscience in Humans and Animal Models

February 3-5, 2016

Auditorium Plant Biology

Rte A. Gockel 3, CH-1700 Fribourg

Participants of the BENEFRI Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience are requested to make a poster describing their specific research projects. Please send the title and a short abstract of your presentation not later than January 15, 2016 to: and

Transportation charges are reimbursed by the home university to all inscribed BENEFRI students.

No fees requested

The workshop is also open for non-participants of the BENEFRI Ph.D. program in Neuroscience. Guests are welcome. Please register immediately. The number of participants is limited !

Deadline for registration : January 15, 2016

Register per email to: and


February 3d, Wednesday, 2016

Morning session: Neurobiology in animal models 1
Chair: Dominique Glauser
08:50-09:00 Welcome and organisation
Marco Celio
09:00-09:15 Introduction
Dominique Glauser, Biology Department, Fribourg
09:15-10:15 Sensory molecules and mechanisms in C. elegans
William R. Schafer, MRC laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:30 Neural mechanisms of behavioral control in Drosophila
Scott Waddell, University of Oxford, UK
11:30-12:30 A study case: what can we teach Drosophila larvae? What can they teach us?
Andreas Thum, Neurobiology, University of Konstanz
12:30-13:45 Lunch
Afternoon session: Neurobiology in animal models 2
Chair: Boris Egger, Biology Department, Fribourg
14:00-14:15 Poster "Blitz" presentations
Federica Felice, Marta Pace, Jonas Streit
14:15-15:15 Homeostatic control of presynaptic proteasome function and neurotransmitter release
Martin Müller, Institute of Molecular Life Sciences University of Zürich
15:15-16:00 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing Session
16:00-17:00 A new fly model of Parkinson’s disease
Emi Nagoshi, Department of Genetics & Evolution, University of Geneva
17:00-17:15 Closing Address
Simon Sprecher, Biology Department, Fribourg

February 4th, Thursday, 2016

Morning session: Sensory-motor transformation
Chair: Gregor Rainer and Eric Schmidlin, Physiology, Department of Medicine, Fribourg
09:00-09:15 Introduction
Gregor Rainer
09:15-10:15 A brain spinal interface to alleviate gait deficits after neuromotor disorders
Tomislav Milekovic, EPFL, Lausanne
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:30 Neuronal correlates of hierarchical learning in non-human primates
Stefano Ferraina, Department of physiology and pharmacology, Università La Sapienza, Roma
11:30-12:30 How does the brain integrate tactile cues before grasping and lifting an object
Marco Davare, Movement Control and Plasticity, University of Leuven
12:30-13:45 Lunch
Afternoon session: Brain connectivity and neuromodulation
Chair: Jean-Marie Annoni, Neurology, Department of Medicine, Fribourg
14:00-14:15 Poster "Blitz" presentations
Michaela Fregosi, M. Faiz M. Mustafar
14:15-14:30 Introduction
Jean-Marie Annoni
14:30-15:30 Principles of neuromodulation
Alberto Priori, Università degli studi di Milano
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing Session
16:00-17:00 EEG and connectivity analysis
Gijs Plomp, Neurology, University of Fribourg
17:00-17:10 Conclusion and discussion
Gijs Plomp

February 5th, Friday, 2016

Morning session: Regulation of neuronal activity and myelination in mice
Chair: Claire Jacob
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction (Claire Jacob)
09:15 - 10:00 Deconstructing GABA-B receptor effector systems in the brain (Bernhard Bettler, Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel)
10:00 - 10:45 Neuronal regulation of myelination and remyelination (Ragnhildur Thóra Káradóttir, MRC Stem cell Institute University of Cambridge)
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45 Novel functions of oligodendrocytes in axonal metabolic support (Klaus-Armin Nave, Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Göttingen)
11:45 - 12:30 Myelin, movement and motor skills learning (William Richardson, University College London)
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch break
Afternoon session: Feeding and metabolism
Chair: Christophe Lamy (Dep Medicine, Fribourg) and Urs Albrecht (Dep Biology, Fribourg)
14:00 - 14:15 Poster "Blitz" presentations (Sybille Horat, Rebecca Paladini)
14:15 - 15:15 Brain nutrient sensing and the homeostatic and hedonic control of energy homeostasis (Bernard Thorens, Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne)
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing Session
15:45 - 16:45 Impact of the circadian clock on mammalian physiology (Frédéric Gachon, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Lausanne)
16:45 End of the symposium (Marco R. CELIO)

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