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Conference Announcement for the 2024 University of Chicago - Fudan University International Conference on Neuromodulation in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

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Date: June 12th-14th, 2024

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing and Fudan University are pleased to jointly sponsor the International Conference on Neuromodulation in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders. The conference will be held at Fudan University in Shanghai. Neuroscience researchers at all levels are welcome to attend. We expect approximately 200 participants.

1. Sponsors:

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Institute for Translational Brain Research (ITBR), Fudan University

2. Conference Chairs:

Prof. Shumin Duan, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (ITBR, Fudan University),

Prof. Xiaoxi Zhuang (The University of Chicago),

Prof. Yousheng Shu (ITBR, Fudan University),

Prof. Bo Peng (ITBR, Fudan University)

3. Conference Overview:

In recent decades, neuroscience has been one of the most exciting fields. Initiatives such as the "Decade of the Brain" in the 1990s, the "Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative" in the United States, the "Human Brain Project" in Europe, the "Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies (Brain/MINDS)" in Japan, and China's "Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Intelligence" have elevated the profile of neuroscience research on a global scale. Despite the rapid progress in neuroscience research and new technologies, the development of new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders is relatively slow. This is partially due to the complexity of the brain which cannot be easily modeled by drug screening systems in vitro. The forthcoming conference aims to explore new ideas and technologies, and promote translational research and collaboration among China and oversea peers. Topics for discussion include pain, addiction, neurodegenerative diseases of the motor system, epilepsy, autism, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and others. Discussions will focus on neuromodulation and range from the molecular mechanisms of diseases to synaptic transmission, neural circuits, and new technologies and disease treatment strategies.

4. Conference Time and Venue:

Date: June 12th-14th, 2024

Venue: CB1 Lecture Hall, No.2 Medical Research Building, Fenglin Campus, Fudan University, 131 Dong’an Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China.

5. Conference Secretariat:

Address: Room B2-001, No. 2 Medical Research Building, No. 131 Dong'an Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

Contacts: Dr. Liang Wang, Dr. Yuqun Cai

Telephone: +86-21-54237056

6. Conference Agenda (Detailed schedule is continuously updated, please refer to the final conference notice for confirmation)

June 12, Day 1, AM.

Epilepsy, autism, and neurodevelopmental disorders

David McCormick, University of Oregon

Mechanisms of normal and abnormal thalamocortical rhythms

John Huguenard, Stanford University

A new role for chloride channels in regulation of thalamocortical circuits in epilepsy

Xiaochang Zhang, The University of Chicago

Upregulation of SYNGAP1 expression in models of human diseases by redirecting alternative splicing

Yongchun Yu, Fudan University

Spon1 regulates the development of cortical folding and brain functions

Yilin Tai, Fudan University

Specific and Plastic: axo-axonic innervation of neocortical pyramidal neurons by GABAergic chandelier cells

Christian Hansel, The University of Chicago

The olivo-cerebellar system: a (cellular) human perspective

June 12, Day 1, PM.

Movement disorders

Jim Surmeier, Northwestern University

Network determinants of motor disability in Parkinson’s disease.

Xin Jin, East China Normal University

Basal ganglia and action sequencing

Xiaoxi Zhuang, The University of Chicago

Preventing or erasing “bad” memories as therapies

Yousheng Shu, Fudan University

Mechanisms of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson's disease

Tao Xie, The University of Chicago

Effect of deep brain stimulation on motor and non-motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease  

Ge Bai, Zhejiang University

Stress granule and motor neuron degeneration

Boxun Lu, Fudan University

New insights into Huntington's disease mechanisms

X. William Yang, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Genetic modifiers of striatum selective pathogenesis in Huntington’s disease

June 13, Day 2, AM.

Addiction and pain

Daniel McGehee, The University of Chicago

Cholinergic modulation of pain control circuitry

Yuanxiang Tao, Rutgers University

Long non-coding RNAs: promising new targets for neuropathic pain

Yongjing Gao, Nantong University

New mechanisms of peripheral inflammation in neuropathic pain

Josh Berke, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Time, Space and Dopamine

Tianyi Mao, The Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

Opioid modulation of the thalamo-cortico-striatal circuits in vivo

Jun Wang, Texas A&M University

Fentanyl triggers striatal gabaergic plasticity and induces negative affect

Shana Augustin, Northwestern University

Synapses, circuits, and motivated behaviors: striatal neuromodulation of GPCRs

David Lovinger, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH

Alcohol and Cannabis Alter Sleep and Striatal Neuromodulation

June 14, Day 3, AM.

Mental disorders

Peng Cao, National Institute of Biological Sciences (NIBS), Beijing

How does the brain initiate defensive responses in health and disease

Mazen Kheirbek, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Neural signatures of stress susceptibility and resilience in the amygdala-hippocampal network

Wen-Jun Gao, Drexel University

NMDAR dysfunction in schizophrenia, depression, and psychedelic treatment potential

Jones Parker, Northwestern University

Neural correlates of psychosis and antipsychotic effect

Wei Lu, Fudan University

Midbrain dopamine neurons arbiter OCD-like behavior

Jeff Beeler, Queens College, CUNY

Dopamine signals mediating satiety across different timescales

June 14, Day 3, PM.

Technology development

Yulong Li, Peking University

Spying on neuromodulator dynamics in vivo by constructing muti-color genetically-encoded sensors

Julius Zhu, The University of Virginia

Nanoscopic visualization of neuromodulatory transmission

Ji Hu, ShanghaiTech University

Reverse-translational study of neuropsychopharmacology

Bo Peng, Fudan University

Turnover and replacement: the philosophy of microglia

Wei Xiong, University of Science and Technology of China

A neurometabolic mechanism modulating hippocampal plasticity and cognitive flexibility

Minhua Luo, Wuhan Institute of Virology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Anterograde viral tracer from HSV-1: Fast labeling with low-toxicity

Zhuzhu Zhang, The University of Chicago

Dissecting epigenomic dynamics in brain circuitry using single-cell multi-omics

Hongwei Dong, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Neural networks of the mouse cortico-basal ganglia system

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