Thursday, 19 June

8.30-9.00 On-site registration
9.00-9.15 Welcome to participants
9.15-10.00 Opening Lecture
Chair: Martina Bentivoglio (SINS President)
Towards a cell therapy for muscular dystrophy
Giulio Cossu (University of Milan / Dibit, HSR, Milan)
10.00-12.00 Symposium 1 - Functional Genomics
Chairs: Sergio Nasi (CNR, Rome) and Giangiacomo Consalez (Dibit-HSR, Milan)
10.00-10.20 Nervous system alterations in Drosophila melanogaster sphingolipid metabolic pathway mutants
Anna Magnabosco (University of Padua)
10.20-10.40 The dystonia-associated protein torsin-A modulates synaptic vesicle recycling
Alessandra Granata (Cancer Research Institute, London UK)
10.40-11.10 Mutant nicotinic receptors and focal epilepsy, new hypothesis from an in vivo study of genetic models
Giorgio Casari (Dibit, HSR, Milan)
11.10-11.30 Molecular characterization of CDKL5, a novel kinase involved in Rett Syndrome and infantile spasms
Laura Rusconi (University of Insubria, Varese)
11.30-12.00 Molecular insights into mental retardation: learning from the Fragile X Syndrome
Claudia Bagni (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
12.00-15.00 Poster Session & Lunch
14.00-14.30 Innovations in neural stem cell research
Carlo Raviolo (Bioscience Division, Millipore SpA)

14.30-15.00 Biacore technology in neurosciences
Renato Bertazzo (GE Healthcare Europe GmBH)

15.00-17.00 Symposium 2 - Development
Chairs: Lawrence Wrabetz (Dibit-HSR, Milan) and Vania Broccoli (Dibit-HSR, Milan)
15.00-15.30 The nuclear receptor COUP-TFI in arealization and layer specification in the developing cortex
Michèle Studer (Tigem, Naples)
15.30-15.50 Cooperation between Notch and BMP signaling in the maintenance of the neural stem cell pool
Giacomo Masserdotti (DIBIT-HSR, Milan)
15.50-16.10 Excitatory GABA action is essential for morphological maturation of cortical neurons in vivo
Laura Cancedda (University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA)
16.10-16.30 Kidins220/ARMS in the neurotrophin pathways: from intracellular trafficking to mouse development
Fabrizia Cesca (Cancer Research Institute, London, UK)
16.30-17.00 BDNF mRNA splice variants as a spatial code to regulate local plasticity of dendrites and spines
Enrico Tongiorgi (University of Trieste)
17.00-18.00 Plenary Lecture
Chair: Daniela Parolaro (University of Insubria, Varese)
The endocannabinoid system: from basic mechanisms to therapy
Daniele Piomelli (University of California, Irvine / IIT, Genoa)


Friday, 20 June

9.00-10.00 Plenary Lecture
Chair: Enzo Wanke (University of Milan Bicocca)
Plasticity and computation: from neurons to networks
Egidio D’Angelo (University of Pavia)
10.00-12.00 Symposium 3 - Plasticity
Chairs: Jacopo Meldolesi (Dibit-HSR, Milan) and Riccardo Fesce (University of Insubria, Varese)
10.00-10.30 A window with a view: structure and function in the cortex seen through the two-photon microscope
Gian Michele Ratto (CNR Neuroscience Institute, Pisa)
10.30-10.50 Endocytic Zones regulate synaptic AMPA receptor abundance and mobility
Enrica Maria Petrini (CNRS UMR 5091, Bordeaux, France / IIT, Genoa)
10.50-11.10 Activity of adenosine receptors type 1 is required for CX3CL1-mediated modulation of glutamatergic currents in hippocampal neurons
Silvia Di Angelantonio (University La Sapienza, Rome / Istituto Pasteur-Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti, CRiN)
11.10-11.40 Cell adhesion molecules of the immunoglobulin superfamily and hippocampal synaptic plasticity
Alexander Dityatev (IIT, Genoa)
11.40-12.00 Endogenous non neuronal modulators of synaptic transmission control spontaneous cortical activity in vivo
Tommaso Fellin (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, USA / IIT, Genoa)
12.00-14.00 Poster Session & Lunch
14.00-16.00 Symposium 4 - Degeneration
Chairs: Flavia Valtorta (Dibit-HSR, Milan) and Fabio Benfenati (IIT and University of Genoa)
14.00-14.30 Subcellular programmes for neurodegeneration
Pierluigi Nicotera (MRC, University of Leicester, United Kingdom)
14.30-14.50 Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy: different approaches to induce ARpolyQ clearance
Paola Rusmini (University of Milan)
14.50-15.10 Axonopathy and accumulation of hyperphosphorylated filamentous tau in retinal ganglion neurons of P301S tau transgenic mice
Laura Gasparini (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
15.10-15.40 The cross-talk between the β- and γ-secretase of the β-amyloid precursor protein
Massimo Tabaton (University of Genoa)
15.40-16.00 Dissecting the role of microglia cells in the brain of mice affected by leukodystrophy after hematopoietic stem cells transplantation
Alessia Capotondo (DIBIT-HSR, Milan and Vita-Salute University, Milan)
16.00-17.00 Closing Lecture
Chair: Fabio Benfenati (IIT and University of Genoa)
The mirror mechanism and its role in cognition
Giacomo Rizzolatti (University of Parma)

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