2019 ISN Advanced School: Esterel Resort

Advanced School

The ISN Advanced Schools offer a unique opportunity for young neuroscientists to meet experts and other young ISN members from all over the world. In the advanced school they will learn about the latest discoveries and have an opportunity to discuss their own research projects with faculty members. The 2019 Advanced School will precede the ISN Biennial Meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada. Selected participants will meet in Montreal the afternoon of Wednesday, July 31 where they will take a bus to the lakeside Esterel resort (https://www.esterel.com/en/) in the Laurentians north of Montreal. Selected young ISN members and faculty members will spend the next 3 days discussing science, with a departure for the main ISN meeting Sunday morning, August 4.

The topic of the School “Building and rebuilding the nervous system: lessons from development and disease” reflects the broad nature of the interests of members of the International Society for Neurochemistry. Furthermore, the topic emphasizes the idea that developmental mechanisms may provide key insights into neural repair. We will approach this topic from different angles from neurochemistry, neurophysiology and molecular and cellular neurobiology. Lectures will be given by leading experts in these fields.

Students will have the opportunity to present their own work.  All students will be expected to bring a poster to share, and to be prepared to give a short oral presentation if selected. Posters for the Advanced School and for the ISN main meeting may be identical.

Application and Eligibility
The Advanced School is open to young scientists (graduate students and young postdocs up to 4 years after graduation). Preference will be given to applicants who did not attend an ISN Advanced School before. Participants will be selected by the members of the ISN Advanced School Committee based on achievement, recommendation letters and personal statements of interest.

To our successful applicants the ISN will provide:
• free access to the School including food and accommodation
• bus transfer from Montreal Airport to the venue and back to the main meeting in Montreal
• waivers for the registration fee for the main meeting in Montreal

To apply please follow the ISN Advanced School Application Instructions.
The deadline for applications is: February 28, 2019
For any questions regarding your application, please contact the ISN Secretariat.

We look forward to receiving your applications and spending time with you in Quebec in the summer.

Members of the Advanced School Subcommittee:
Matthew Rasband (chair, USA)|
Michel Cayouette (Co-chair and local organizer, Canada)
Ralf Dringen (ex officio, Germany)
Flavia Gomes (ex officio, Germany)
Constanze Seidenbecher (Germany)
Elizabeth Coulson (Australia)
Felipe Barros (Chile)
Yukiko Goda (Japan)
Elior Peles (Israel)
Eva-Maria Blumrich (UK)
Jonah Chan (USA)

“Building and rebuilding the nervous system: lessons from development and disease”

Preliminary Program

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
5:00 PM Bus Departure from Montreal Trudeau International Airport
6:30-7:30 PM Arrival at Esterel Resort and check-in.
7:30 PM Welcome Dinner

Thursday, August 1, 2019
7:30-8:45 AM – Breakfast
9-9:30 AM – General intro to nervous system development and regeneration
9:30-10:30 AM – Michel Cayouette (Professor, IRCM/University of Montreal, Canada) “Development and regeneration of the retina”
10:30-11 AM – Coffee Break
11 AM -12 PM – Matt Rasband (Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, USA) “Ion channel clustering in development and regeneration”
12-12:30 PM – Selected student presentations (2, 10-minute talks, 5 minutes questions)
                          (1) Matthew Demmings: ATF4 Regulates Neuronal Death in Parkinson’s Disease Models
                          (2)Luana Chagas: Neuroimmune interactions mediated by TNF-α-mediated in the induction of rapid plasticity after                                CNS injury
12:30-2 PM – Lunch
2-3:00 PM – Adriana Di Polo – (Professor, University of Montreal, Canada) “Mechanisms of dendrite pathology and strategies for regeneration”
3-3:30 PM – Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 PM – Alyson Fournier  (Professor, McGill University, Canada)  “Polypharmacological approaches to promote axon regeneration”
4:30 – 5 PM – Selected student presentations (2, 10-minute talks, 5 minutes questions)
                        (1) Collin Tran: Parallel S1P receptor signalling synergise to induce neuroprotective signaling
                        (2) Camila Carignano: Inner hair cell and neuron degeneration contribute to hearing loss in a DFNA2-like mouse                                       model
5:00-6 PM – Roundtable discussion – ISN outreach to young scientists (Eva-Maria Blumrich, postdoctoral fellow and YSSC chair, and  Ralf Dringen
6-7:30 PM – Poster session 1
7:30 PM – Dinner

Friday, August 2, 2019
7:30-8:45 – AM Breakfast
9-10 AM – Elior Peles (Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) “Axon-glia communication”
10-10:30 AM – Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 AM – Jonah Chan (Professor, University of California, San Francisco, USA)  “Myelination and remyelination”
11:30 AM -12:30 PM – Dori Schafer (Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, USA) “Microglia in development and disease”
12:30 PM – Lunch
1:30-5:30 PM – Afternoon activities: Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, bicycling, volleyball, etc.
5:30-7:30 PM – Poster Session 2
7:30 PM – Dinner
9:00 PM – Firepit – smores etc.

Saturday, August 3, 2019
7:30-8:45 AM – Breakfast
9-10:00 AM – Liz Coulson (Professor, University of Queensland, Australia) “Neurotrophin signalling in development”
10:00-10:30 AM – Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 AM – Felipe Barros (Professor, Center for Scientific Studies, Chile) “Local metabolism in the transition from signaling to remodeling”
11:30-12:30 PM – Art of Scientific publishing round table (Jorg Schulz/Laura Hausmann – Journal of Neurochemistry)
12:30-2 PM –  Lunch
2-3:00 PM – Hisashi Umemori (Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School) “Synaptogenesis”
3:00-3:30 PM – Coffee Break
3:30-4:00 PM – selected student presentations (2, 10-minute talks, 5 minutes questions)
                           (1) Anna Huang: Circuit-specialized transcriptional control of astrocytes contributes to learning and memory
                           (2) Ayse Malci:  Neuroplastin-plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPases complexes: A new team regulating                                                                   Ca2+ clearance,signaling, and synaptic plasticity
4:30-5:30 – Roundtable – careers Academic and beyond:  Kristian Hedstrom – (Chief Scientific Officer, Adelson Medical Research Foundation, USA)
7:30 PM – Farewell party

Sunday, August 4, 2019
7:30-8:45 AM – Breakfast
9-10:30 AM – Hotel check-out
10:30 AM – Bus Departure for Montreal and main meeting (all Advanced school participants will be dropped off at the main meeting venue).