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Thursday, May 16 2024.

Day 1


08:00-08:50 Registration


08:50-09:00 Welcome


09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker 1, Michael Halassa: "Thalamocortical interactions in cognitive control and flexibility


10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break


10:30 – 12:30 Symposium 1: "Mutimodal function of the pulvinar in health and disease", Theme Speaker: Melanie Wilke


S1.1 Kristine Krug: Contribution of the primate pulvinar to blindsight

S1.2 Suliann Ben Hamed: Multisensory function of the pulvinar in primates

S1.3 Igor Kagan: Visuomotor functions of the pulvinar nuclei: perturbation and electrophysiological studies in primates

S1.4 Melanie Wilke: Pulvinar contributions to reach and grasp behavior


 12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (on your own)


14:00-16:00 Symposium 2: "Circuits for cognition: the higher-order nuclei of the primate thalamus", Theme Speakers: Carmen Cavada/Francisco Clascá


S2.1: Michela Gamberini: Thalamic inputs to the macaque superior parietal lobule: sensory-to-motor loop

S2.2: Francisco Clasca: Input-output motifs in the primate pulvinar complex

          S2.3: Carmen Cavada: Neuromodulatory axons in the primate thalamus. Relevance for neurological disease.


16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:30 Symposium 3: "Midline nuclei: a thalamic hub for sleep and affective behavior", Theme Speakers: László Acsády / Ferenc Mátyás


S3.1: Henning Fenselau: Paraventricular thalamic gating of hypothalamic feeding signals

S3.2: Jan Gründemann: Cholinergic Modulation of Auditory Thalamus Mediates Associative Learning

S3.3:László Acsády: The role of paraventricular thalamic nucleus in stress induced modification of behaviour

S3.4: Ferenc Mátyás: Thalamo-Cortical principles define the complexity of information flow in the mouse and human amygdala


18:30-19:30 Poster session

P. 1. A mouse lateral posterior nucleus parcellation based on thalamocortical projection motifs

P. 2. Development of EEG alpha rhythm is linked to thalamocortical white matter pathways and visual detection performance

P. 3. Exploring the impact of interthalamic adhesion on human cognition: insights from healthy subjects and thalamic stroke patients

P. 4. Exploring the Role of the Pulvinar in Multisensory Processing: Insights from Functional Connectivity in fMRI

P. 5. Functional and anatomical evidence suggesting the existence of an auditory subcortical route for fast threat detection in humans

P. 6. Involvement of human anterior and mediodorsal thalamus in episodic memory recollection and familiarity across the lifespan

P. 7. Microcircuit ultrastructure comparison of first and higher order thalamocortical projections into layer-specific somatosensory cortices

P. 8. Multisensory integration at single cell and local field potential levels in the medial pulvinar

P. 9. Nucleus-specific axonal architectures and thalamocortical arborization patterns of the mouse ventral motor nuclei

P. 10. Population and single-neuron mapping of anterior thalamic nuclei projections in the mouse.

P. 11. Structural dynamics of human thalamocortical projections across the lifespan

P. 12. TCF7L2 deficiency in the thalamus leads to alterations in social behavior profile

P. 13. Thalamic contributions to working memory manipulation

P. 14. Unique features of layer 5 frontal cortical axons in the thalamus.


20:00 - 22:00 Social Event 1

Friday, May 17 2024.

Day 2


09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker 2, Pieter R. Roelfsema "Creating a visual prosthesis by interfacing with the visual thalamus"


10:00-10:30 Coffee Break


10:30 - 12:30 Symposium 4: "Thalamic bases of adaptive behaviors", Theme Speaker: Mathieu Wolff


S4.1: Gisella Vetere: Thalamic contribution to fear memory consolidation

          S4.2: Audrey Hay: Global/local control of sleep oscillations by thalamic nuclei in mice

          S4.3: Mathieu Wolff : The role of thalamocortical circuits in adaptive behaviors and executive functions

          S4.4: John Dalrymple-Alford: Can we harness the thalamus to promote recovery of cognitive function for brain impairment?


12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (on your own)


14:00 - 16:00  Symposium 5: "Thalamic contribution to conscious processing", Theme Speaker: Mototaka Suzuki


S5.1: Mototaka Suzuki: How deep is the brain? The shallow brain hypothesis

S5.2: Randy Bruno: Secondary Thalamus in Behavior

S5.3: Bechir Jarraya: Deep brain stimulation of the thalamus restores signatures of consciousness: how does it work?

S5.4: Mohamed Sherif: Cortical computer modeling of facets of the neurobiology underlying psychiatric disorders: depression as an example


16:00-16:30 Coffee Break 


16:30-18:30  Symposium 6: "Neuroimaging of the human thalamus and cognitive function", Theme Speaker: Pero M. (Kepa) Paz-Alonso


S6.1: Pedro M. (“Kepa”) Paz-Alonso: Neuroimaging protocols to study the involvement of the human thalamus in cognitive function

S6.2: Henry Tregidgo: Segmentation of in vivo thalamic nuclei from joint structural and diffusion MRI

S6.3: Alejandro Tabas: Perceptual inference involves corticothalamic computations

S6.4: Liu Mengxing: Frontal thalamocortical networks in cognitive flexibility


18:30-19:30 Keynote Speaker 3, Katharina von Kriegstein: “The tiny and the fast: The role of the sensory thalamus in speech recognition”.


20:00 - 22:00 Social Event 2

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