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Understanding Behaviour: Molecular, Cellular & Systems Approaches
FENS Forum of Neuroscience 2022
Saturday 9th July 2022 – 09h00-1:h30 (CEST)

The European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS), European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) invite you to our jointly organized mini conference.

The overarching theme of the 2022 mini conference will be Understanding Behaviour: Molecular, Cellular & Systems Approaches. Under this theme, each society will host their own session featuring junior and established researchers (3 per session) within their membership to speak on topics focused on the ethology of animal models used in neuroscience research and the various techniques to identify specific mechanisms of brain function and behaviour in these models. Each session will end with a Q&A. 

Conference organizers: Anand Gururajan (EBPS), Christelle Baunez (EBPS), Yavin Shaham (EBPS), Igor Branchi (EBBS), Alexander Easton (EBBS), Kobi Rosenblum (EMCCS), Andre Fischer (EMCCS), Camron Bryant (IBANGS), Wim Crusio (IBANGS), Anna Delprato (IBANGS)

Social: #fensbehav22

Program Overview: 

09:00-10:00 CEST


Session 1  EBPS: Neural Circuits of Behaviour

Moderator: Anand Gururajan, (University of Sydney, Australia)


Nuno Sousa, University of Minho, Portugal. "The neuromatrix of the stressed brain".

Puja ParekhWeill Cornell Medical College, US. "Prefrontal circuit mechanisms underlying stress effects on effort-based decision-making". 

Sophia Levis, UCI School of Medicine, US. "Sex-specific circuit mechanisms of disordered reward seeking caused by early life adversity".

10:00-11:00 CEST


Session 2 IBANGS: Inheritance of Behavior: Emerging Trends

Moderator: Wim Crusio, (CNRS, France)


Alison M. Bell,  Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. "The evolution of family life in a fish".

Amelie Baud, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain. "Genes in the environment influence behaviour". 

Clyde Francks, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands. "Genetics of human brain asymmetry." 

11:00-11:20 CEST


11:20-12:20 CEST


Session 3 EBBS: How behavior defines brain activity

ModeratorIgor Branchi (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy)


Gerd Kempermann  Technische Universität, Dresden, Germany
"How individualizing behaviors shape the brain"

Francesco Battaglia  Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
"Linking spontaneous brain activity and (spontaneous) behavior"

Alex Gomex-Marin  Instituto de Neurosciencias, Alicante, Spain
"Three and a half ways to study behavior in neuroscience"

12:20-1:20 CEST

Session 4 EMCCS: Molecular mechanisms of memory function in health and diseases

Moderator: Andre FischerUniversity of Göttingen, Germany

Ricardo Brambilla, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI), University of Cardiff, United Kingdom."Enhancing Cognition through modulation of the ERK Pathway"

Nathaniel Gould, Sagol Department of Neurobiology, University of Haifa, Israel. "Novel inhibitors for the memory constraining QR2 pathway relieve AD cognitive and pathological phenotypes in 5XFAD mice"

Claudia Bagni, Department of Fundamental Neurosciences, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland."Metabolic homeostasis and behaviour"



Registration Fee €25


Please note that society membership is not a registration requirement. You will be asked to provide general contact and affiliation information. Profiles will not be stored in this database after the FENS Forum 2022.