The Blue Brain Project is delighted to announce that it will be hosting in May this year, the second Neuromodulation of Neural Microcircuits NM² Conference.
The overarching goal of the second NM² Conference is to provide a unifying and mechanistic view by which an ever increasing number of neuromodulators, including monoamines, and peptides – the master switches – control genes, proteins, neurons and glia, dendrites, synapses, and emergent states in neural microcircuits across different brain regions in health and disease.
Building such a mechanistic view of neuromodulation encounters several fundamental challenges to consider:
How do sensory signals, internal brain states, and computations in microcircuits, trigger the release of specific neuromodulators?
How do neuronal assemblies and larger brain circuits respond to neuromodulators?
How do neuromodulators shape synaptic plasticity and brain states?
To this end, the NM² Conference will bring together researchers to bridge a variety of disciplines using state-of-the-art techniques in different brain regions, towards the common goal of understanding the mechanisms and principles of neuromodulation and addressing the challenges above.
Our fundamental objective is to organize a dynamic conference that will highlight an up-to-date view of the neuromodulation of brain states, establish future directions, and attract new talent to drive forward this important field.
The NM2 Conference will also provide a unique platform for students and junior researchers to interact with leaders in the field to collectively take part in shaping the future course of neuromodulatory research.
Conference Host and Blue Brain Senior Scientist Srikanth Ramaswamy is greatly looking forward to the event; “This year’s NM2 Conference will bring together a pool of world-leading researchers who will discuss the cellular, synaptic, and microcircuit mechanisms by which neuromodulators regulate behavioural states such as attention, reward, addiction and anticipation. We look forward to welcoming all Conference speakers and participants.”
The Conference will be held 24-26 May, 2019 in Champéry, Switzerland.
Registration is now open - click here to register: https://nm2.epfl.ch/registration/ (Places may be limited so we advise you register early). Students and postdocs attending the event are invited to submit abstracts during registration to present a poster at the conference.