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“Fear Learning: from neuronal circuits to translation”

Anxiety disorders are widespread in the human population. At the same time, the behavioral paradigm of fear learning offers researchers a platform to investigate the neuronal circuit basis of emotionally motivated learning behaviors, exploiting state-of-the-art optic- and genetic approaches in mice. Understanding the fundamental molecular, cellular- and circuit mechanisms of fear learning will form the basis for an improved treatment of anxiety in the future. The Symposium brings together researchers investigating fundamental mechanisms of fear learning and of fear reversal, as well as researchers working on translational aspects of fear learning.

The EPFL Neuro Symposium is organized by the Brain Mind Institute at the School of Life Sciences.

Speakers

Valérie Doyère
France

Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience

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Valérie Doyère
France
Cyril Herry
France

Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux

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Cyril Herry
France
Rohini Kuner
Germany

University of Heidelberg

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Rohini Kuner
Germany
Herta Flor
Germany

Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit Mannheim

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Herta Flor
Germany
Andrew Holmes
USA

NIAAA, Bethesda, MD

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Andrew Holmes
USA
Bo Li
USA

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

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Bo Li
USA
Nadine Gogolla
Germany

Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie

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Nadine Gogolla
Germany
Sheena Josselyn
Canada

University of Toronto

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Sheena Josselyn
Canada
Andreas Lüthi
Switzerland

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

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Andreas Lüthi
Switzerland
Wulf Haubensak
Austria

Research Institute fo Molecular Pathology, Vienna

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Wulf Haubensak
Austria
Merel Kindt
The Netherlands

University of Amsterdam

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Merel Kindt
The Netherlands
Jelena Radulovic
USA

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

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Jelena Radulovic
USA

Organizers

Ralf Schneggenburger
Switzerland

EPFL – Lausanne – Switzerland

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Ralf Schneggenburger
Switzerland
Carmen Sandi
Switzerland

EPFL – Lausanne - Switzerland

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Carmen Sandi
Switzerland
Johannes Gräff
Switzerland

EPFL – Lausanne - Switzerland

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Johannes Gräff
Switzerland
8:20 – 8:50

8:50 – 9:00

Session 1 – Mechanisms of fear learning: amygdala circuits

Chair: Ralf Schneggenburger

Andreas Lüthi (FMI, Basel, CH)

09:30 – 09:40

Bo Li (Cold Spring Harbor, USA)

10:10 – 10:20

10:20 – 10:35

10:35 – 10:40

10:40 – 11.10

Sheena Josselyn (University of Toronto, CDN, Toronto, Canada)

11:40 – 11:50

Wulf Haubensak (IMP, Wien, Austria)

12:20 – 12:30

Session 2 – Beyond the amygdala: circuits of fear and pain involved in learning

Chair: Johannes Gräff

Cyril Herry (Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux, France)

14:30 – 14:40

Nadine Gogolla (MPI für Neurobiologie, Munich,Germany)

15:10 – 15:20

15:20 – 15:35

15:35 – 15:40

15:40 – 16:10

Rohini Kuner (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

16:40 – 16:50

Herta Flor (ZI Mannheim, Germany)

16:40 – 16:50

Session 3 – Circuits for fear prediction and extinction

Chair: Carmen Sandi

Andrew Holmes (NIH, Bethesda, USA)

09:30 – 09:40

Jelena Radulovic (NW University, Chicago, USA)

10:10 – 10:20

10:20 – 10:35

10:40 – 11.10

Valerie Doyère (Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, France)

11:40 – 11:50

11:50 – 12:20

Merel Kindt (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Possibility for Lunch at EPFL

Sponsors

Registration Fees

Registrations are now open

Students*
For all Master & PhD students
50 CHF
Included :
Access to lecture room
Coffee breaks
Lunch
Others
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100 CHF
Included :
Access to lecture room
Coffee breaks
Lunch

*If you are an EPFL PhD student and wish to attend this symposium with the exam to receive 1 credit, please sign-up in your study plan for BIO-693(7) through the ISA student portal. The registration conditions for this PhD course are the usual ones. LNDS students, please consult the conditions on the UNIL website. For PhD students taking the course, the registration is free.

Cancellation policy

We kindly request you to notify us in advance if you cannot attend the symposium but have already registered. Unfortunately, attendance fees cannot be returned, but you can transfer your place to another person from your institution by emailing brain_mind@epfl.ch.

Abstract submission

Deadline for Abstract submission: October 15, 2019

Please submit abstracts by emailing : brain_mind@epfl.ch with subject : “BMS 11.2019  abstract submission” and indicate whether you wish that your abstract should be considered for a short talk

If your contribution has been accepted for poster, please prepare a poster size A0 : 119 × 84 cm (height x width) // Vertical. The posters do not have to be sent in advance; please take yours along on the first day of the conference, where they can be put up before the welcome address.

Abstract preparation and format

Please submit a title of no more than 20 words, and keep your abstract to no more than 300 words. Together with this, please also submit affiliations of all authors, sticking to the following format.

Adams, A.(1), Smith, S.(1,2), & Jones, J.(2),
1 Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, USA
2 Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland.
Corresponding author: a.adams@harvard.edu

Practical information

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

When will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place from 25 to 26 November 2019.

Where will the conference take place ?

The conference will take place in the SV1717 room located on the EPFL campus.

Accomodation

Recommended options for accommodation include the Starling Hotel and the Swisstech Hotel for proximity of the conference venue, the Lausanne Guesthouse for budget accommodation.

Other options include the Hotel Ibis-Centre, Hotel Elite and Hotel Alpha-Palmiers.

Please also see the Lausanne Tourist Office for a comprehensive list of hotels in Lausanne.

Other options include the Hotel Ibis-Centre, Hotel Elite and Hotel Alpha-Palmiers.

Please also see the Lausanne Tourist Office for a comprehensive list of hotels in Lausanne.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist attendees with the booking of their accommodation.

From Geneve airport (Cointrin) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 45 minutes. There are 3 departures per hour. Most connections are direct from the “Geneve aéroport” bus station to Lausanne.

You will find the timetables at this adress :

From Zurich airport (Kloten) to Lausanne

The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. Some trains have a connection in Bern or  Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Zürich HB). Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Zürich Flughafen”.

From Bâle airport (EuroAirport) to Lausanne

There isn’t any train station in the airport. You’ll have to take a shuttle to the central railway station (Basel SBB) which takes about 20 minutes. The journey to Lausanne takes about 2½ hours. There are 2 departures per hour. There will be a connection weather in Berne or Bienne. Follow the link below and type as your departure location : “Basel Airport”.

Coming by train

All train timetables can be find through this link :

From Paris to Lausanne

4 TGV per day connect Paris-Gare de Lyon to Lausanne. The journey is direct and takes about 4 hours.

From Lyon to Lausanne

The journey from Lyon-Part-Dieu” to Lausanne takes 2½ heures. There is a train every 2 hours. Please note that there is a connection in Genève.

From Milan to Lausanne

From Milan central train station, the journey takes 4 hours (3 hours with the cisalpin). There is a departure every 2 hours. Usually there is no connection.

Getting to the conference

Due to severely restricted parking availabilities on EPFL grounds, we strongly recommend using taxi or public transportation to get there. You can reach EPFL using metro line M1 from Lausanne or Renens, bus lines 701 from Morges and 31 from Ecublens/Renens/Prilly.

If driving is the only option, you can purchase parking tickets at the meeting reception desk (CHF 10 for the day).

Public transportation

Please buy a ticket for the needed number of zones (between 3 and 4CHF)

  • From Lausanne (20 to 30 minutes)

From Lausanne, take the M2 from the CFF train station (next to the Mc Donald). Go down at the Flon stop and take the M1 in direction of Renens and go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL campus to the SV building.

  • From Renens (20mn)

Take the bus n°31 in direction of “Venoge Sud” go down at the stop “Paqueret”, don’t forget to press the red button in the bus to ask the bus to stop. Then walk to the SV building.

Or take the metro m1 in direction of Lausanne Flon, go down at the EPFL stop. Then walk across the EPFL to the SV building.

  • By Uber

There are Uber drivers in Lausanne. Please download the app on your phone to book a ride.

  • By taxi

Find below the link to the website of Lausanne taxis.

Meals

EPFL Campus offers a variety of restaurants open to the public.

The coffee breaks, lunch and aperitif are included in the registration fee and will be served in the SV hall.

Will I be able to connect to the internet ?

Wireless internet access will be granted to the symposium participants: please ask for details at the welcome desk.

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Event location

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