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Program of the 2023 Meeting of the SSN


Thursday, June 8th 2023

Pre-Conference Events

13:00 – 18:00

Early-Career Researchers Symposium 2023 meeting (Part I) (A1.03)

  See the program here.


Alba Network (Aula Polivalente)


Christina Dalla
Title: Sex and gender in research and innovation: insights from neuropsychopharmacology
Talk will be followed by the panel discussion:
Christina Dalla (MNS President elect and ALBA Ambassador, GR), Giuseppe Di Giovanni (MNS President, MT), Ana Marija Jakšić (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH) and Zeljka Krsnik (ALBA Network chair elect, HR) will moderate the discussion.


Friday, June 9th 2023


09:00 - 12:00

Early-Career Researchers Symposium 2023 meeting (Part II) (A1.03)

09:00 - 10:20

First Ticino/Italy Neuroscience Forum (Aula Polivalente)

  Chair: Salvatore Galati (Università della Svizzera italiana) & Giuseppe Di Giovanni (University of Malta)
  9:00 - 9:20 Rosalba Morese (Università della Svizzera italiana)
Title: The multiple facets of empathy and mirror neuron system in daily life experience
  9:20 – 9:40 Fausto Caruana (Italian National Research Council)
Title: Two simulation systems in the human frontal cortex? How the neuroscience of emotions helps us disentangle between motor simulation and emotional mirroring
  9:40 – 10:00 Maddalena Fabbri Destro (Italian National Research Council)
Title: Exploiting the human mirror mechanism in the acquisition of motor skills.
  10:00 – 10:20 Pietro Avanzini (Italian National Research Council)
Title: Integrating action observation in procedures for the recovery and maintenance of motor skills.

11:00 - 12:00

Coffee break


12:00 - 13:00

Workshops for young researchers

Marco Valgimigli
“Implementing clinical and translational research projects” (A1.03)
Anna Lazzarinetti and Maria Montilla
“Go from rejected to accepted SNF proposal” (A1.04)
Roger Redondo
“From Academia to Industry in Neuroscience” (A1.05)
Giuseppe Di Giovanni
“How to Get Your Research Published” (Aula Polivalente)


Official Swiss Society for Neuroscience Conference

13:00 – 13:45

Registration and Poster Setup with Refreshment

13:45 – 14:00

Welcome by SSN president Anita Lüthi and local organizers (Aula Polivalente)

14:00 – 15:00

Parallel Symposia


Symposium 1a: Brain clearance during sleep (A1.04)

Chair: Stephany Fulda (Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, Lugano) 
14:00 - 14:20 Maiken Nedergaard (University of Copenhagen, Denmark & University of Rochester Medical Center, USA)
Title: Brain clearance during sleep: new results
14:20 - 14:40 Heta Helakari (University of Oulu, Finnland)
Title: Brain pulsations during sleep
14:40 - 15:00 Anita Lüthi (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Title: Noradrenergic circuit control of sleep state progression

Symposium 1b: Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration (A1.05)

Chair: Paolo Paganetti (Università della Svizzera italiana)
14:00 - 14:20 Amandine Grimm (Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel, Basel)
Title: Impact of disease-associated tau protein on mitochondrial function
14:20 - 14:40 Vera Wiersma (University of Zurich, Zurich)
Title: Out of phase: decoding TDP-43 oligomerization and liquid-liquid phase separation in physiology and pathology
14:40 - 15:00 Salvatore Novello (EPFL, Lausanne)
Title: Rays of Hope: Photobiomodulation as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases

15:00 – 16:50

Poster Session and sponsor exhibit with Refreshment (Foyer)

15:00 - 16:00 presentation of Posters assigned odd board numbers
16:00 - 16:50 presentation of Posters assigned even board numbers

16:50 – 17:00

Sponsor and Partner Organization Presentations

17:00 - 18:00

Keynote lecture (Aula Polivalente)

Maiken Nedergaard (University of Copenhagen, Denmark & University of Rochester Medical Center, USA)
Title: The glymphatic system in health and disease

18:30 - forward

Social event: at the restaurant aL Lido, Lugano


Saturday, June 10th 2023


09:00 – 10:00

Keynote lecture (Aula Polivalente)

Gilles Laurent (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany)
Title: Sleep and camouflage: exploration in neural dynamics

10:00 – 10:30

Sponsor and Partner Organization Presentations


10:30 - 11:30

Parallel Symposia


Symposium 2a: The adaptable brain: Development, predictions and intelligent behaviour (A1.04)

Chair: Michael Schmid (University of Fribourg)
10:30 - 10:50 Guillermina López-Bendito (Alicante)
Title: Spontaneous activity programas in the construction of sensory circuits
10:50 - 11:10 Georg Keller (FMI Basel)
Title: The significance of self-generated sensory feedback
11:10 - 11:30 Alexander Mathis (EPFL, Lousanne)
Title: Measuring and modeling adaptive behavior with Deep Learning

Symposium 2b: Systems Neuroscience: from behavior to circuits and molecules (A1.05)

Chair: Peleg-Raibstein (ETH Zürich)
10:30 - 10:50 Johannes Bohacek (ETH Zürich)
Title: A systems approach to stress-induced noradrenaline release
10:50 - 11:10 Katharina Gapp (ETH Zürich)
Title: A novel tool to combat stress signatures at the molecular and systemic level
11:10 - 11:30 Mathilde Guillaumin (ETH Zürich)
Title: Role of the dopaminergic system in hedonic and emotional eating

11:30 - 12:00

Honorary membership and Best Poster and best Publication Award (Aula Polivalente)

12:00 - 13:00

Standing Lunch

13:00 - 14:00

SSN Business Meeting (Aula Polivalente) 

14:00 - 14:30

Conclusion and farewell