The Blue Brain Project is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a three-day conference in September – Neuromodulation of Neural Microcircuits NM².
Neuromodulators – the master switches – dynamically reconfigure neural microcircuits and shape brain states by controlling the function of neurons and glia, dendrites, and synapses. Recently, the Blue Brain Project discovered that neocortical microcircuit activity shifts from synchronous to asynchronous network states that is tightly controlled by neuronal and synaptic physiology. This effect is strikingly similar to the function of neuromodulators, which control neurons and synapses to sculpt the emergence of brain states. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms by which neuromodulators operate is not only fundamental to Blue Brain’s pioneering work in simulating brain function and dysfunction, but also the global neuroscience community.
The Conference will bring together world-leading experts to:
- Identify the state-of-the-art mechanisms of the neuromodulation of neural microcircuits
- Illuminate various strategies enabling the measurement of neuromodulatory states in brain health and disease
- Integrate knowledge to build a unifying view of the neuromodulation of different brain regions
- Inform and attract new talent to drive forward neuromodulation research
- Inspire future directions that will transform our understanding of the neuromodulation of brain function and dysfunction and therapeutic intervention
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.
On September 18-19, the conference will take place at the SwissTech Convention Center, auditorium C and Foyer Cloud. The SwissTech Convention Center is placed at the north of the EPFL campus. It is easily accessible by car and public transport. From the center of Lausanne, the M1 metro stops right in front of the building and takes only 15 minutes (stop at “EPFL”).
On September 20, the conference will move to the Campus Biotech, Geneva. A bus will be provided from EPFL, Lausanne to Campus Biotech, Geneva.