Researchers from the Institute of Neurosciences organize the fourth edition of the AXON congress in Altea

26 de September de 2023

Altea hosts the 4th edition of the AXON meeting

  • Guillermina López Bendito and Eloísa Herrera, researchers from the Institute for Neurosciences CSIC-UMH, organize this event, which is being held in Alicante for the second time in a row.
  • More than 120 researchers will explore the most cutting-edge advances in the field of generation and regeneration of neuronal circuits.

From September 27 to 29, the Villa Gadea Hotel in Altea will host the fourth edition of the AXON conference: Development Plasticity & Regeneration of Neural Circuits. The event, organized by researchers Guillermina López Bendito and Eloísa Herrera from the Institute for Neurosciences (IN), a joint center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) of Elche, will be a meeting point for more of 120 researchers, from several parts of the world, to explore the most cutting-edge advances in the field of generation and regeneration of neuronal circuits.

The meeting will last three days, and through different presentation sessions, short talks, posters, and many spaces to encourage dialogue, attendees will address essential topics to deepen the understanding of how the brain is formed and innovative strategies for recovery after suffering damage.

AXON is a biannual conference that emerged in 2015 in Klosterneuburg (Austria), where the first two editions were held. “It is aimed to create a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas and technology for the community that works in the field of Development and Function of Neural Circuits, in the hope of fostering new collaborations and driving the advancement of knowledge about how the brain forms”, marks López Bendito, who directs the scientific program Building & adapting circuits into functional networks and the research team Development, Plasticity and Reprogramming of Sensory Circuits at the IN-CSIC-UMH.

The researchers highlight that it is “a true honor to serve as organizers and hosts of this outstanding scientific event, which will be held in Alicante for the second time in a row”. AXON is an initiative firmly committed to promoting communication and interaction between researchers. In this regard, Eloísa Herrera, who leads the Generation and Regeneration of Bilateral Neural Circuits laboratory at the IN-CSIC-UMH, explains that “all participants, from young talents to the most renowned scientists, will have the opportunity to present their research, in order to enrich scientific dialogue and promote collaboration”.

International renowned speakers

Among the speakers that make up the poster are such prominent researchers as Pierre Vanderhaeghen, X Remedios Caro Almela Prize awarded, whose pioneering work in the implantation of pluripotent stem cells in functional circuits, carried out at the VIB-KU Leuven Centre for Brain and Disease Research (Belgium), opens new possibilities for cell therapy in the nervous system; Peter Scheiffele, who leads the Mechanisms in the formation of neural networks group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel (Switzerland), in which he studies the cellular and molecular processes that control the development of nerve cell networks in the brain to understand psychiatric disorders; or Lisa Goodrich who, in her laboratory at the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School (USA), studies how auditory circuits develop and function from an interdisciplinary approach that allows addressing these issues at the molecular, cellular, and physiological levels.

Also taking part will be Denis Jabaudon, who leads the Developmental neurobiology and plasticity research group at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), whose presentation will focus on the self-organization properties of cortical neurons; Sonia Garel, professor at the Collège de France and principal investigator at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, who will explain the role of microglia in brain connections during early development; and Maria Tosches, who studies the diversity of cell types and neural circuits in the vertebrate brain in her laboratory at the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University (USA), whose intervention will be focused on the evolution of cell types in the cerebral cortex.

In addition to the researchers Eloísa Herrera and Guillermina López Bendito, the scientific committee of the event is made up of Greg Bashaw (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Alain Chedotal (Institut de la Vision, France), Rüdiger Klein (Max Plank Institute of Intelligence Biological, Germany) and Artur Kania (Montreal Clinical Research Institute, Canada).

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Fuente: Instituto de Neurociencias;