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Neuroplasticity and neuromodulation at different scales

f-TALES Antwerp 6-7 June 2019, Stadscampus
When 06 Jun 2019 12:00 AM to
07 Jun 2019 12:00 AM
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6-7 June 2019, Antwerpen

Abstract book available now: download here

One of the most striking capacities of the brain is its ability to dynamically and selectively combine already encoded and newly acquired information in order to optimize its efficiency and chances of survival. For this purpose, neuroplasticity mechanisms, working at different temporal and spatial scales, are implemented from the molecular to the whole circuit and behavioral levels. Interestingly, these mechanisms are not simply expressed continuously but are dynamically coordinated during critical time periods of increased or decreased acquisition capacity. To this end, evidence from a wide range of species suggests neuromodulation as an important factor, inducing changes and directing neuroplasticity.

In this 2-day workshop, we will integrate scientific knowledge from world-renowned experts in the fields of neuroplasticity and neuromodulation across several modalities, working in different model systems. The workshop aims to inspire young scientists (PhDs and postdocs) and to provide complimentary knowledge from different perspectives in order to open new opportunities for cross-modal collaborations. As we believe, new ideas are tremendously important in the progress of science. A scientific committee will choose a small number of oral presentations from submitted abstracts to compliment the experts in the field. In addition, the best poster and oral presentations will be selected and receive awards. Do not hesitate to sign-up for this exciting meeting. 

Registration is free but it is required as places are limited. Register and submit your abstracts before May 8th.


University of Antwerp: Annemie Van der Linden and Georgios Keliris
KU Leuven: Lut Arckens and Rudi D’Hooge
VUB: Ilse Smolders

Confirmed speakers

  • Alain Prochiantz/Ariel A Di Nardo (Paris): Molecular players known thus far from OD model of CP NP and how a circuit is established (synapse, pruning, PV/PNN/OTX2) 
  • Lut Arckens (Leuven): Cross-talk between sensory modalities: reprogramming the brain upon vision loss in mice
  • Julie Hamaide (Antwerp): Neural correlates of song learning accuracy traced by in vivo MRI
  • Richard Mooney (Durham, US): From Song to Synapse: Neural Mechanisms of Vocal Learning
  • Alessandro Gozzi (Rovereto, Italy): Functional connectivity and neural dynamics in CP disorder models (Autism)
  • Tommaso Pizzorusso (Florence, Italy): Critical period mechanisms and neurodevelopmental disorders: lessons from Rett syndrome
  • Nikos Logothetis (Tübingen, Germany): Concurrent multisite recordings and brain imaging: a study of events related system and synaptic memory consolidation
  • Oxana Eschenko (Tübingen, Germany): Temporal dynamics of the Locus Coeruleus involvement in learning and memory consolidation 
  • Disha Shah (Antwerp/Leuven): rsfMRI approach of learning and reverse learning in mice
  • Rudi D’Hooge (Leuven): Telencephalic neurocircuitry and synaptic plasticity in rodent spatial learning and memory
  • Huibert Mansvelder (Amsterdam, the Netherlands): Cholinergic modulation of cortical circuits for cognition in rodent and human brain
  • Ilse Smolders (VUB): The role of astrocytes in neuroplasticity










Abstract book

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This workshop is offered free of charge for participants, but as the number of participants is limited registration is required.


Please follow the format as outlined in the abstract template.

Send to Jorn Engelmann

Abstract deadline:  May 8th 2019

Clearly indicate your preference for oral and/or poster presentation in your abstract. Poster and oral presentation prizes will be awarded at the end of the meeting.

Oral presentation guidelines

Limited number of slots available.

Oral presentations are limited to 10 minutes, followed by 2 minutes for questions and discussion 

Poster presentation guidelines

Unlimited poster presentations

Poster dimensions should correspond to portrait 120 x 90 format.

Poster boards are available. Poster presenters are responsible for setting up and removing the posters​


2 poster pitch sessions (one per day). 
In the poster pitch, the topic of the work should be presented in 2 minutes using max. 2 slides (no detailed explanation of the work).
The pitch presentation is expected by June 4 send to Jorn Engelmann
All slides will be compiled into a single file per poster pitch session and presented in the order of the poster number


University of Antwerp
Stadscampus  - Klooster van Grauwzusters
Building S
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
2000 Antwerp


How to get there?

By Public Transport:

Antwerp is easy to reach by train.
Main station: Antwerp Central Station (to reach Stadscampus and Campus Mutsaard)

By car:

Antwerp lies at the crossroads of the E17, E19, E34, and E313 motorways.