International Winter Neuroscience Conference

7th - 11th April 2024
Hotel Das Central, Sölden Austria


Organising Committee

Tobias Bonhoeffer (Germany)
Thomas Mrsic-Flogel (UK)

Keynote Lectures

Vivek Jayaraman (Janelia Research Campus, USA)
Michelle Monje (Stanford University, USA)


Sunday 7th April

15:30 - 16:30 Registration

16:30 - 17:15 Welcome Reception

17:15 - 19:15 Session One

Synaptic mechanisms of higher-order computations in neuronal networks: From experiment to model and back
Chairs: Csaba Földy (Switzerland) and Peter Jonas (Austria)

Claudia Clopath
(UK) “Latent representations in hippocampal network model co-evolve with behavioral exploration of task structure”
Tim Vogels (Austria) “Memories by a thousand rules: Automated discovery of plasticity rules reveals variety and degeneracy at the heart of learning”
Angus Silver (UK) “Can simple models provide insights into how the cortico-cerebellar system represents and maintains time-varying activity?”
Peter Jonas (Austria) “Synaptic mechanisms of pattern completion in hippocampal CA3: From mice to humans and models”
Csaba Földy (Switzerland) “Learning and memory in the rewired adult hippocampus“

Monday 8th April

08:30 - 09:30 Keynote Lecture: Vivek Jayaraman (USA)

09:40 - 11:40 Special Interest Symposium One

Intercellular adhesion and recognition in the establishment of neural circuits
Chair: Elior Peles (Israel)

Oliver Hobert
(USA) "Experience-dependent control of sex-specific cadherin expression defines sexually dimorphic synaptic connectivity"
Demet Araç (USA) "Structural basis for the function of adhesion receptors teneurin and latrophilin at the synapse"
Matthew Rasband (USA) "Antibody-directed extracellular proximity biotinylation reveals Contactin-1 regulates axo-axonic innervation of axon initial segments"
Thomas Biederer (USA) "Roles of synaptic adhesion molecules in cortical connectivity and synapse vulnerability"
Elior Peles (Israel) "Differential subcellular distribution of SynCAM/Cadm1-4 in neurons guides myelin targeting"

11:40 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 17:30 Session Two

Algorithms for cognitive behaviors
Chair: Sandra Reinert (UK)

Ann Duan
(UK) "Probing economic decision preferences in mice"
Simon Jacob (Germany) "Single-neuron correlates of language functions in the human cortex"
Dmitriy Aronov (USA) "Using food-caching birds to study the neuroscience of episodic memory"
Sandra Reinert (UK) "Representations of learned rules for visual categorization in mouse prefrontal cortex"

17:30 - 17:45 Coffee break

17:45 - 19:45 Session Three

Unravelling the control functions of motor cortex
Chairs: Ian Duguid (UK) and Bence Ölveczky (USA)

Ilka Diester
(Germany) "Mechanisms of Rodent Premotor-Motor Cortex Interactions and Contributions to Forelimb Movements"
Ian Duguid (UK) "Corticospinal neurons in efficient response control"
Jackie Schiller (Israel) "Cell-type-dependent computations and learning in primary motor cortex"
Sean Escola (USA) "Mechanisms and limits of subcortical consolidation of motor sequences"

Tuesday 9th April

08:15 - 10:15 Session Four

Large-Scale Modeling and Analysis Approaches for Understanding Perception to Action
Chair: Mackenzie Mathis (Switzerland)

Alex H Williams (USA) "Quantifying trial-to-trial neural variability across rich, naturalistic stimulus sets"
Shreya Saxena (USA) "Taming Machine Learning Models of Neural Dynamics with Anatomical and Behavioral Constraints"
Steffen Schneider (Germany) "Neural and behavioral dynamical system modeling with identifiable representation learning"

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:30 Special Interest Symposium Two

Neurobiology of individual differences in behavior
Chairs: Johannes Bohacek (Switzerland) and Sarah Ayash (Germany)

Ilka Diester
(Germany) "Influences of individual movements on neuronal activity in rodents"
Johannes Bohacek (Switzerland) "Behavioral flow analysis for deep profiling of individual differences"
Sarah Ayash (Germany) "Neural basis of resilience to social stress"
Christian Lüscher (Switzerland) "Individual vulnerability to addictive drugs"

12:30 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 17:30 Session Five
Bridging the Gap: A New Era of Molecular and Systems Neuroscience through Advanced Neural Proteomics
Chairs: Scott Soderling (USA) and Joris de Wit (Belgium)

Scott H. Soderling
(USA) "Proximity Proteomics to Reveal Synapse Function from Molecules to Behavior"
Joris de Wit (Belgium) "Proteomics-based characterisation of synaptic protein composition and disease vulnerability of Layer 5 pyramidal neurons"
Noa Lipstein (Germany) "Molecular mechanisms controlling presynaptic plasticity in health and disease"
Marc Van Oostrum (Germany) "The proteomic landscape of synaptic diversity across brain regions and cell types"

17:30 - 17:45 Coffee break

17:45 - 19:45 Session Six
How AI can inform neural computations underlying complex behaviors
Chair: Bence Ölveczky (USA)

Bence Ölveczky
(USA) "Probing neural control of movement using a virtual rodent"
Anthony Leonardo (USA) "Continuous decoding of silent speech"
Scott Linderman (USA) "Latent states of brains and behavior"

Wednesday 10th April

08:15 - 10:15 Session Seven

Adaptive functions of internal states
Chairs: Sabine Krabbe (Germany) and Ilona Grunwald-Kadow (Germany)

Ilona Grunwald-Kadow
(Germany) "A role for antimicrobial peptides in internal state- and experience-dependent food preference in Drosophila"
Scott Sternson (USA) "Neural control over palatable food intake"
Johannes Felsenberg (Germany) "State dependent control of memory re-evaluation in Drosophila"
Sabine Krabbe (Germany) "Encoding of aversive states in inhibitory amygdala circuits"

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:30 Special Interest Symposium Three

Learning and memory through network stability and plasticity
Chairs: Christine Grienberger (USA) and Jan Gründemann

Christine Grienberger
(USA) "A directed form of synaptic plasticity drives experience-dependent hippocampal representations"
Christoph Schmidt-Hieber (Germany) "Learning-dependent gating of hippocampal inputs by frontal interneurons"
Marlene Bartos (Germany) "Brain-area-specific context representations"
Azahara Oliva (USA) "Network stability during memory consolidation"
Jan Gründemann (Germany) "Network state changes in sensory thalamus represent learned outcomes"

12:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 18:00 Session Eight

From Connectomes to Behaviour
Chair: Marta Zlatic (UK)

Julie Simpson
(USA) "Circuits for flexible sequences"
Scott Waddell (UK) "Compensatory enhancement of input maintains aversive dopaminergic reinforcement in hungry Drosophila"
Marta Zlatic (UK) "Circuits for memory-based action-selection"
Albert Cardona (UK) "Cracking open the black box: connectomics of fly larvae"

18:00 - 18:20 Poster session & coffee break

18:20 - 19:20 Keynote Lecture: Michelle Monje (USA)

19:30 - Gala Dinner at Das Central

Thursday 11th April

08:30 - 10:30 Session nine

Context-dependent sensorimotor processing
Chair: Maximilian Jösch (Austria)

Lisa Fenk
(Germany) "Active vision in flies"
Manuel Zimmer (Austria) "Neuronal principles underlying the hierarchical organization of animal behavior"
Maximilian Jösch (Austria) "A thalamic action cue hub coordinates early visual processing and perception"
Sylvia Schröder (UK) "The impact of motor behavior and internal states on subcortical visual processing"

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:45 Special Interest Symposium Four

Mechanisms of Cerebral Cortex Development at Single Cell Level in Health and Disease
Chair: Simon Hippenmeyer

Simon Hippenmeyer
(Austria) "Principles of Neural Stem Cell Lineage Progression"
Simona Lodato (Italy) "Investigating activity-dependent processes during cortical neuronal assembly in development and disease"
Laurent Nguyen (Belgium) "Deciphering how fetal alcohol disorder impairs cerebral cortex development at the single cell level"
Gaia Novarino (Austria) "Defining the autism cell phenotypic landscape"

12:45 Conference closes

Keynote lectures by invitation only. Symposia and special interest sessions are selected from applications.

All other registered participants may submit one abstract for poster presentation which must be submitted before the abstract deadline. No short oral presentations will be scheduled. Information on poster submission is available here

The conference will start on 7th April 2024 in the late afternoon and end on 11th April 2024 at lunchtime.