FENS is pleased to announce the addition of eight Mini Conferences to the Forum programme in Glasgow. Mini Conferences are small, topically focused conferences that are organised entirely by invited member societies and partner organisations on the occasion of the FENS Forum 2020. The Mini Conferences will be held in the Forum venue on Saturday, 11 July 2020 between 08:30-15:15.

The selected mini conferences that will feature in Glasgow are listed with titles and abstracts below. Additional information will soon be available with further details about the programmes and registration.

Attendance of the Mini Conferences requires separate registration. More details will be available soon. 

Organised by the European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS), International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS)

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Organised by the European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN)

Cognitive impairment and intellectual disability affect a large population of children suffering from neurodevelopmental diseases as well as the elderly population succumbing to age-associated cognitive impairments. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of these disorders will aid in better diagnosis and improved treatments. The mini-conference will feature some leading genes causing autism/intellectual disability syndromes, like ADNP and CHD8, as well as electrophysiology and molecular mechanisms of intellectual disability. The role of environmental factors as well as basic mechanisms of synaptic transmission and neuro-glial interactions will also be elucidated. Finally, innovative drug development will be discussed toward better cognitive functioning both in children and elderly. A collaborative effort between the European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN) and the UK based Simon Initiative for the developing brain will underpin this event.

Organised by the Human Brain Mapping

The mini conference will explore multiple levels of structural and functional organization, across multi-scale networks in human, monkey and rodent brains. Speakers will range in expertise from neuronal and subneuronal microcircuitry, up to macroscale regional organization relevant for system-level approaches to understanding brain processes. The aim is to provide participants with state of the art neuroscience methodologies and theories, taking a multidisciplinary approach to data that bridges the gap between different levels of brain organization, including neuronal data, high-field (7T) human brain imaging and behavioural measures, and computational modelling. Speakers will describe their contribution to overarching goals of multi-scale, multi-method neuroscience, from advancing knowledge of human cognition to disorder-related alterations.

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Organised by the Society for Neuroeconomics (SNE)

The Society for NeuroEconomics (SNE) will host a mini-conference on neuroeconomics.  Neuroeconomics is a nascent field that represents the confluence of economics, psychology and neuroscience in the study of human decision making. Researchers from each of these disciplines have investigated decision making processes for many decades independently, with each discipline offering unique strengths. Accordingly, neuroeconomics combines the rigorous modelling from economics with psychological studies of social and emotional influences on decision making and utilizes tools from neuroscience that permit the observation of otherwise latent valuation and decision-making computations that take place in the brain.

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Organised by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)

The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) is committed to ensuring that advances in the understanding of brain function and behaviour are translated into better treatments for brain disorders and enhanced public health. To achieve these goals, ECNP supports innovative research in neuroscience applied disciplines and facilitate the communication of ideas, discoveries and best practices. In addition, ECNP promotes the entry of early career scientists into the field and support their ongoing professional development, provides guidance and information to the public, and facilitate dialogue with regulators, government bodies, international agencies and industry. In this symposium, four leading experts in neuroscience applied research will outline their research and the field that ECNP is representing and highlight examples how basic neuroscience findings could be translated to clinical application.

We are delighted to announce this mini-conference entitled “Sleep across the Lifespan” as part of the 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Glasgow on the 11th July 2020.

The importance of sleep for the development and memory and the impact of sleep quality on daytime functioning in infants and children will be covered discussed and up-to-date research will be presented. The conference will also focus on cognitive neuroscience, new sleep circuitries and memory function in adults, before concluding on the importance of sleep and aging, neurodegeneration and sleep-wake regulation in disease.

The content will be brought to you by a multi-disciplinary faculty of basic scientists and clinicians. The mini-conference is organised by the British Sleep Society (BSS) in collaboration with the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS).

This Mini Conference is inspired by three themes: First, Cajal Club-sponsored socials at SfN meetings and at other venues traditionally focus on the cerebral cortex. Here we wish to highlight advances in several other model systems Cajal studied, with a focus on development. Second, we want to celebrate women in science by drafting a programme with women who work on these systems, especially in Europe. Third, we want to give Fernando de Castro an opportunity to discuss his recent article, “The women neuroscientists in the Cajal school”, to bring together these themes. Each female speaker will have the opportunity to talk about how they got into science and also about their current work.

Mini Conference Nicotine and the Developing Brain organised by SRNT-E

During adolescence the brain regions such as prefrontal cortex necessary for cognitive and executive function, working memory, motivated behaviour and emotional regulation are being reorganized. Cholinergic system and cholinergic nicotinic receptors are important role players in this maturation process of brain from adolescence to adulthood. The disruption of the function of the cholinergic system during this maturation process with external nicotine, via tobacco or e-cigarettes, has long-lasting consequences on this development, as adolescent brain is quite sensitive to nicotine. The effects of nicotine in adolescent brain differ from those of adult brain. Also, adolescent nicotine exposure may induce epigenetic changes that sensitize the brain to other drugs of abuse via altering the response of dopaminergic system.
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