Tracy Bale, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Talk title: Parental stress and epigenetic programming of offspring neurodevelopment

André Goffinet, University of Louvain, Belgium
Talk title: Reelin, Cajal-Retzius cells and the synapsid-diapsid divide

Denis Jabaudon, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Talk title: Fate and freedom within developing neocortical circuits


Neural stem-progenitor cells in the embryonic, early postnatal, and adult mammalian brain
Symposium Chair: Yukiko Gotoh, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Talk title: Mechanism of neural stem cell renewals in the adult brain
Yukiko GotohThe University of Tokyo, Japan
Talk title: Regulation of embryonic and adult neural stem cell fate


Cell lineage and neural diversity in the cerebral cortex
Symposium Chair: Songhai Shi, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Sven Falk, Helmholz Center Munich, Institute Stem Cell Research, Germany
Talk title: Novel regulators of neurogenesis- from centrosomes to nucleoli
Gord Fishell, New York University, USA
Talk title: The role of activity-mediated RNA splicing in the maturation of specific cortical interneuron subtypes
Simon Hippenmeyer, Institute of Technology, Austria
Talk title: Molecular mechanisms of neural stem cell lineage progression
Oscar Marin, King’s College London, UK
Talk title: Lineage diversity in the generation of cortical neurons
Songhai ShiMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Talk title: A developmental program of multipotent progenitors for generating diverse neocortical interneurons

Development and plasticity of sensory pathways
Symposium Chair: Mriganka Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Patricia Gaspar, Institut du Fer à Moulin, France
Talk title: Role of 5-HT and early life stress on the prefrontal cortical wiring
Artur Kania, McGill University and Université de Montréal, Canada
Mriganka SurMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Talk title: Rules of plasticity in visual cortex neurons and circuits
Shubha Tole, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
Talk title: Cortical progenitor-specific mechanisms control thalamocortical innervation and cortical cell fate

Oligodendrocyte/neuron interactions
Symposium Chair: Wendy Macklin, University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA
Eva-Maria Albers, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Talk title: Exosomes in oligodendrocyte-neuron interaction
Kazuhiro Ikenaka, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan
Talk title: Oligodendrocytes myelinate axons by sensing neuronal subtypes and/or sensory inputs with individual variance in selectivity
Wendy MacklinUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine, USA
Talk title: Loss of mTORC2 signaling in cortical neurons reduces CNS myelination
Kelly Monk, Vollum Institute, USA
Talk title: Molecular and genetic mechanisms of myelinating glial cell development

Cell migration and layer formation in the developing cerebral cortex
Symposium Chair: Kazunori Nakajima, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
Sonia Garel, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, France
Talk title: Microglia and prenatal inflammation in the development of cortical circuits
Ruediger Klein, Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Talk title: Regulation of cerebral cortex folding by controlling neuronal migration
Kazunori Nakajima, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
Talk title: Layer formation by migrating cortical neurons
Alessandra Pierani, Imagine Institute and Institute of Psychiatry and Neurosciences of Paris, France
Talk title: Transient moving organizers: life and death in cortical development

Neurodevelopment and psychiatric disorders
Symposium Chair: Stefania Maccari, University of Lille, France
Mohamed Kabbaj, Florida State University, USA
Talk title: Sex differences in Ketamine's antidepressant effect
Stefania MaccariUniversity of Lille, France
Talk title: Epigenetic animal model of early stress
Hitoshi Okamoto, Riken Brain Research Institute, Japan
Talk title: The evolutionary conserved mechanisms for the regulation of social conflict by the habenula

Modeling neurodevelopment and developmental brain disorders: from Primate to human PSC-based 2D and 3D models
Symposium Chair: Guo-li Ming, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Guo-li MingUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA
Talk title: Modeling Zika virus-induced microcephaly using hiPSC based cellular models
Orly ReinerWeizmann Institute, Israel
Talk title: Human brain organoids on a chip to model normal development and disease
Yi Sun, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Talk title: Building Rett syndrome monkey models using gene editing
Pierre Vanderhaeghen, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Talk title: Species-specific mechanisms of human cortical neurogenesis

Mechanisms of circuit formation and degeneration
Symposium Chair: Aaron Gitler, Stanford University, USA
Shernaz Bamji, University of British Columbia, Canada
Talk title: The X-linked intellectual disability gene DHHC9 and the formation of neural circuits
Aaron GitlerStanford University, USA
Talk title: Expanding mechanisms and therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative disease
Zilong Qiu, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Talk title: Reverse autistic defects in MECP2 transgenic mice by neural circuitry specific genome editing
Yimin Zou, University of California, San Diego, USA
Talk title: Novel signaling mechanisms for glutamatergic synapse formation and maintenance

Development and plasticity of vocal communication systems in human and non-human models
Symposium Chair: Sarah Woolley, McGill University, Canada
John Iversen, University of California San Diego, USA
Talk title: Rhythm in music, language and the brain: Comparative and developmental approaches
Sonja C. Vernes, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
Talk title: Understanding the neurogenetics of spoken language: from vocal learning bats to humans
Xiaoqin Wang, Johns Hopkins Medicine, USA
Talk title: Marmoset as a model system for studying neural basis of vocal communication
Sarah Woolley, McGill University, Canada
Talk title: Development and plasticity of perception in vocal communication

Genome editing applications in understanding function and pathology of the nervous system
Symposium Chair: Ryohei Yasuda, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, USA
Jonathan Gootenberg, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
Talk title: Harnessing novel RNA-targeting CRISPR systems for diagnostics and transcriptome engineering
Erika Sasaki, Central Institute for Experimental Animals Japan and Keio University, Japan
Talk title: Marmoset human disease model by genome editing
Keiichiro Suzuki, Osaka University, Japan
Talk title: Development of targeted gene knock-in method in non-dividing cells
Anne West, Duke University Faculty of Medicine, USA
Talk title: Epigenome editing in neurons with dCAS9 fusion proteins
Ryohei YasudaMax Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, USA 
Talk title: In vivo genome editing for studying neuronal plasticity

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