flyer of the conferenceOur 2nd SYNAPSY Conference on the Neurobiology of Mental Health aimed at bringing together basic and translational research leaders, with the intention of promoting productive scientific exchanges among researchers focusing on the mechanistic bases of psychiatric disease. The major focus of the Conference was on developmental processes and sensitive periods that influence the emergence of psychiatric diseases.
The scientific program was structured around the concept of research domains relevant to psychiatry, exploring the mechanistic entry points from a broad range of angles, spanning the whole spectrum between basic neuroscience and clinical psychiatry. Each of the six plenary sessions have focused on one major cognitive function through main talks around the following themes : – Sensation & Perception; – Sensory-Motor Integration; – Learning & Memory; – Brain States & Cognition; – Emotion & Mood; – Social Interactions & Communication.




Dora Angelaki, Bruno Averbeck, Megan Carey, Marie Carlen, Gül Dölen, Cornelius Gross, Michael Halassa, Takao Hensch, Thomas Kash, Georg Keller, Francis Lee, Sophie Molholm, Richard Mooney, Thomas Mrsic-Flogel, Masanori Murayama, Gaia Novarino, Scott Russo, Bernardo Sabatini, Daphna Shohamy, Vikaas Sohal, Carol Tamminga, Nim Tottenham, Kay Tye, Lucina Uddin, Peter Uhlhaas.


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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Thomas Mrsic-Flogel “The synaptic architecture of cortical circuit and its computational implications”
Dora Angelaki “Brain dynamics in a firefly catching task”
Georg Keller “Internal models of the environment in the mouse neocortex”
Carol Tamminga “The role of hippocampal subfields in the pathology of psychosis”




Thursday 25 January 2018

Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz “The infancy of the human brain”

portrait G. Dehaene-Lambertz


Megan Carey “Behavioral state modulation of associative learning in mouse cerebellum”
Masanori Murayama “Cortical mechanisms of somatosensory perception and memory consolidation”
Sophie Molholm “It’s a Multisensory World: How the brain integrates multiple sensory inputs and what happens when it breaks down”
Bernardo Sabatini “Multi-transmitter neurons in the mammalian brain: more than just an oddity”

conference audience




Takao Hensch “Balancing brain plasticity/stability”
Bruno Averbeck “Neural systems underlying appetitive and aversive learning”
Francis Lee “Impact of common human polymorphisms on neurodevelopment of fear regulation”
Richard Mooney “From song to synapse: Neural mechanisms of vocal learning”


Marie Carlen “The control of attention – connectivity and function of inhibitory interneurons in the prefrontal cortex”
Michael Halassa “Thalamic amplification of cortical connectivity in cognitive control”
Vikaas Sohal “How do inhibitory interneuron-driven oscillations shape prefrontal circuit-dependent behavior under normal and pathological conditions?”
Peter Uhlhaas “Using magnetoencephalography to identify circuits mechanisms and biomarkers in schizophrenia”


Public conference Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz “A quoi pensent les bébés ?
Full Conference (French) available on YouTube 1h26′ >


Introduction by Alexandre Dayer


A full conference room


Friday 26 January 2018

Nim Tottenham “Early experiences and human cortico-amygdala development”
Cornelius Gross “Controlling your instincts – dynamic prefrontal control of social fear”
Thomas Kash “Probing the role of the extended amygdala in emotional behavior”
Scott Russo “Motivational circuitry controlling aggression”


Gül Dölen “Social reward: basic mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities”
Gaia Novarino “Autism spectrum disorders: from genes to molecular mechanisms and potential treatments”
Kay Tye “Dopamine in the PFC increases signal to noise for aversive stimuli”
Lucina Uddin “Brain networks underlying flexible behaviors in autism: insights from network neuroscience”