From synapses to circuits and behaviour

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From synapses to circuits and behaviour

21-22nd August 2015

Palm Cove, QLD


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Perhaps no other structure is more fundamental to our understanding of the brain than the synapse. In the central nervous system, excitatory synapses represent the primary source of communication between neurons, whether for local interactions within circuits or for linking discrete regions of the brain. One of the most extraordinary properties of synapses is the ability to undergo activity-dependent changes in synaptic strength, providing the most compelling cellular model for learning and memory.

Synapses are the site of action for many commonly-prescribed medications. And synaptic disruption contributes to many neurological and psychiatric disorders. These include schizophrenia, autism, depression, substance abuse and addiction, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke and epilepsy. A deep understanding of the formation, structure, molecular organization, signaling function, and plasticity of synapses is essential to lessening the burden of neurological disease and for predicting and improving mental health.

This satellite meeting of the 25th ISN Biennial Meeting will cover recent advances in three areas; synaptic function, the role of microcircuits in behaviour and, finally, neuropsychiatric/neurological diseases.


  • Roger Nicoll, University of California, San Francisco
  • Robert Malenka, is the Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, director of the Pritzker Laboratory, and co-director of the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Morgan Sheng, Vice President, Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, Genentech
  • Anirvan Ghosh, Global Head/VP, Neuroscience Discovery, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • Bernardo Sabatini, Alice and Rodman W. Moorhead III Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Rick Huganir, Director, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Christian Luescher, Department of Basic Neuroscience, University of Geneva
  • Julie Kauer, Professor of Medical Science, Professor of Neuroscience, Brown University
  • David Bredt, Global Head Discovery, Neuroscience Research Group, Johnson & Johnson
  • Juan Lerma, Profesor de Investigación CSIC, Director, Instituto Neurociencias de Alicante (CSIC-UMH)
  • Nancy Yuk-Yu Ip, The Morningside Professor of Life Science, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience Academician, The Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Gina Turrigiano, Professor of Biology, the Volen Center for Complex Systems and the Center for Behavioural Genomics at Brandeis University.
  • Cliff Abraham, Department of Psychology, Director, Brain Health Research Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand.
  • Jeffry Isaacson, Department of Neurosciences, UC San Diego, School of Medicine
  • Pankaj Sah, Deputy Director, Research, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
  • Paul Martin, Professor of Experimental Ophthalmology, Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney Eye Hospital Campus
  • Geoff Goodhill, Computational, Systems and Developmental Neuroscience, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
  • Stephen Williams, Synaptic Integration in neural networks, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
  • Katherine Roche, Senior Investigator NINDS/NIH
  • Thomas Kuner, Professor of Functional Neuroanatomy Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology Heidelberg University


The From Synapses to Circuits and Behaviour program can be downloaded from the conference website.


Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa, Palm Cove, QLD.


Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa is offering Symposium delegates special discount rates on rooms. The venue is about 30 minutes from Cairns Airport, and the hotel offers a shuttle service.

Conference organisers:

Pankaj Sah, Roger Nicoll and Katherine Roche

Further information:

For further information, contact Prof Pankaj Sah at or Sue Campbell