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Leica Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Thomas Südhof
       Stanford University School of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

 Time: Sep.21 08:00-08:30 am
 Title: The Molecular Logic of Neural Circuits: Implications for Autism and Schizophrenia

  Thomas Südhof is interested in how synapses are formed and function during development and in the adult. His work focuses on the role of synaptic cell-adhesion molecules in shaping synapse properties, on pre- and postsynaptic mechanisms of membrane traffic, and on impairments in synapse formation and function in neuropsychiatric disorders. To address these questions, Südhof's laboratory employs approaches ranging from biophysical and biochemical studies to the physiological and behavioral analyses of mutant mice and the in vitro derivation of human neurons.
Leica Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Fred H. Gage
       The Salk Institute, Laboratory of Genetics, USA

 Time: Sep.22 08:30-09:15 am
 Title: Regulation and Function of Adult Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Hippocampus

  Fred H. Gage, a professor in the Laboratory of Genetics, concentrates on the adult central nervous system and unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remains throughout the life of all mammals. Gage's lab showed that, contrary to accepted dogma, human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. Small populations of immature nerve cells are found in the adult Human brain, a process called Neurogenesis. Gage is working to understand how these cells can be induced to become mature functioning nerve cells in the adult brain and spinal cord. They showed that environmental enrichment and physical exercise can enhance the growth of new brain cells and they are studying the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis.
HT Chang Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Liqun Luo
       Stanford University School of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

 Time: Sep.23 15:30-16:15 pm
 Title: Mapping global patterns of connectivity in the mammalian brain

  Liqun Luo seeks to understand how neural circuits are organized to process information and how neural circuits assemble during development. He has developed genetic tools to track neurons in the brains of fruit flies and mice to investigate these problems. We are pursuing these core interests through four research programs:
1. Organization of the fly and mouse olfactory systems; 2. Assembly of the fly olfactory circuit; 3. Explorations of mammalian neural development; 4. Development of genetic tools to probe neural circuit assembly and organization
FAONS Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Hitoshi Okamoto
       RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
 Time: Sep.21 17:45-18:30 pm
 Title: Control of Social Aggression by the Habenula

  We are interested in revealing the basic role of emotions in such selection of behaviors in animals including humans. Our research is focused on three themes: Investigating the role of the evolutionary conserved limbic circuit within vertebrates. Exploring the role of habenula in emotional behaviors.
FAONS Lecture

Speaker: Prof. John Paul Bolam
       Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, U.K.

 Time: Sep.23 08:30-09:15 am
 Title: Dopamine neurons, synapses and susceptibility in Parkinson’s disease.

  Paul Bolam is emeritus Professor of Anatomical Neuropharmacology and emeritus Senior Scientist at the MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford. Paul’s research has focused on understanding the neuronal networks that constitute the basal ganglia by anatomical and combined quantitative anatomical and physiological approaches in health and in disease models, and he has published over two hundred articles on the subject.
Plenary Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Hailan Hu
       Zhejiang University, ZIINT, School of Medicine, China

 Time: Sep.21 13:30-14:15 pm
 Title: Neural Basis of Emotional and Social behavior

  Hailan Hu seeks to understand how emotional and social behaviors are encoded in the brain, with a main focus on the neural circuitry underlying depression and dominance hierarchy. The key questions we are addressing are: How are different emotional states represented in the brain? What and where molecular changes occur when emotion regulation goes awry in diseases such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder? How does dominance hierarchy arise from interplay between activity of specific neural circuits and social experience of animals? We hope these studies will provide new insights into how emotions shape and color our life, and shed new light on the treatment of emotional disorders.
Plenary Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Zhi-Qi Xiong
       Institute of Neuroscience, SIBS, CAS, China

 Time: Sep.22 17:45-18:30 pm
 Title: Molecular and Synaptic Mechanism of Paroxysmal Kinesigenic Dyskinesia

  Dr. Zhi-Qi Xiong received his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1992 from West China University of Medical Sciences (Sichuan University), MS in 1995 from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Ph.D. in 2000 from Baylor College of Medicine. He was a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Dr. James O. McNamara at Duke University Medical Center from 2000 to 2003. He is currently an Investigator and the head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology of Disease at ION. Research in Dr. Xiong’s laboratory aims to understand the molecular and synaptic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Plenary Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Jia Liu
       Beijing Normal University
 Time: Sep.22 13:30-14:15 pm
 Title: Genetic variation in S100B modulates neural basis of human spatial navigation

  Jia Liu is interested in understanding functionally-specialized cognitive modules (e.g., face recognition, spatial navigation, number sense, and language processing) in the human brain under the modulation of inheritance and visual experiences. Multiple techniques, including behavioral/molecular genetics, functional brain imaging, and behavioral psychophysics, are used to pursue following topics: (1) the hierarchical structure of the neural network for the cognitive modules; (2) the origin and development of the modules; (3) their relation to human general intelligence.