CEUB, Bertinoro (FC), Italy

International
Astrocyte School

IAS 2015

Bertinoro, Italy • 12-18 April 2015

With the support of

Olympus

FEI

Zeiss

Abcam

Laser Optronic

Coherent

Leica

 

Programme

Sunday, 12 April

16:30-17:30

Arrival and registration

17:30

Welcome ceremony
Introduction to the school, general information, and assignment of students to Agora teams

18:30

Welcome drinks followed by dinner

Monday, 13 April

9:00–9:45

Eric Newman
A historical overview of astrocyte function
[30 min + 15 min discussion]

9:45-10:30

Richard Robitaille
Excitability of astrocytes: calcium signal
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:45

Alfonso Araque
Specific tools for astrocyte stimulation
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

11:45-12:40

Student presentations • Astrocytes in brain disorders 1

Mario Agostini (Padua, Italy)
Calcium dysregulation in Alzheimer's disease: its role in APP processing and neuron-astrocyte cross talk

Laura Ratcliffe (Sheffield, UK)
Investigating impaired IGF1 signalling in human astrocytes and its role in Alzheimer’s disease progression

Tamar Smit (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Reactive astrocytes in Alzheimer’s disease

Bart Jan van Dijk (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Astrocyte response in delayed cerebral ischemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhages

David Baker (Sheffield, UK)
Gene expression profiling and functional studies of astrocytes in SOD1-related amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

12:40-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-14:30

Agora • Preparation (1)
Introduction

14:30-15:15

Aude Panatier
Time and space resolution, an important factor to study the morpho-function of the tripartite synapse
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

15:15-16:10

Student presentations • Astrocytes in brain disorders 2

Didrik Dukefoss (Oslo, Norway)
Volume dynamics of astroglial endfeet during cortical spreading depression

Ana Rita Santos (Braga, Portugal)
Astrocytic plasticity as a key mechanism underlying the pathophysiology of depression

Minji Bang (Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Effect of valproic acid on the development of astrocytes and neurons in neonatal rat brain

Julia Müller (Bonn, Germany)
Astrocytes as key players in epileptogenesis

Giovanni Carriero (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Astrocyte vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUTs): are they part of the mechanisms underlying temporal lobe epilepsy?

16:10-16:30

Coffee break

16:30-17:15

Giorgio Carmignoto
Methods to study gliotransmission
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

17:15-18:00

Etienne Audinat
Neuroinflammation: glia at the crossroads of the nervous and immune systems [30 min + 10 min discussion]

18:00-18:55

Student presentations • Astrocytes in brain disorders 3

Isabel Christie (London, UK)
A critical role for purinergic signalling in neurovascular coupling

Teresa Fernandez Zafra (Stockholm, Sweden)
Validating commercial human embryonic spinal astrocytes as a model system

Enrico Pracucci (Pisa, Italy)
A fluorescent astrocytoma mouse model for intravital study of tumor growth and invasion of peritumoral tissues

Urszula Skupio (Krakow, Poland)
Glial transcriptional responses and behavioral effects of glucocorticoids in stress-related disorders

Anna Hadjihambi (London, UK)
The role of connexins in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy

20:00

Dinner

Tuesday, 14 April

9:00-9:45

Student presentations
Purinergic Transmission and Astrocytes

Marija Adžić (Belgrade, Serbia)
The role of purinergic signaling and ecto-5’-nucleotidase in cultured rat astrocytes in the inflammation models

Carmen Bohn (Homburg, Germany)
Heterogeneity of purinergic Ca2+ signals in astrocytes

Eva Carlsen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Purines released from astrocytes inhibit excitatory synaptic transmission in the ventral horn of the spinal cord

Amy Shafqat (Bethesda, MA, USA)
Effect of astroglial purinergic signaling on electrically induced locomotor-like activity in spinal networks

9:45-10:30

Tobias Stork
Molecular, cellular, and genetic analyses of Drosophila glial subtypes [30 min + 10 min discussion]

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:45

Frank Kirchhoff
Transgenic mouse models for astrocyte and NG2 glia research [30 min + 10 min discussion]

11:45-12:30

Student presentations • Astrocyte contribution to synaptic plasticity

Valentin Langlais (Bordeaux, France)
Astrocytic EphB3 receptor: a new partner in the regulation of postsynaptic NMDAR functions?

Sara Mederos Crespo (Madrid, Spain)
Optical tools for boosting astrocyte calcium signaling: Channelrhodopsin vs Melanopsin

Claire Meunier (Paris, France)
D-serine and glycine differentially control neurotransmission during visual cortex critical period

Clare Reynell (Montreal, QC, Canada)
Investigation of the role of astrocytes in defining synaptic plasticity in the barrel cortex

12:30-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-14:45

Gian Michele Ratto
Imaging beyond calcium: in vivo quantitative measure of pH and chloride [30 min + 10 min discussion]

14:45-15:30

Elly Hol
Astrocytes in brain disorders: tools to study molecular and functional changes [30 min + 10 min discussion]

15:30-16:35

Student presentations • Astrocyte contribution to synaptic plasticity

Caitlin Durkee (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Properties and functional consequences of astrocyte-neuron signaling in the dorsolateral striatum

Luigi Bellocchio (Bordeaux, France)
Role of Mitochondrial activity in astrocytes in the regulation of brain functions: focus on GPCR signaling

James Reynolds (London, UK)
Investigating signal exchange between the extracellular matrix and astrocytes

Olga Tyurikova (Nizhni Novgorod, Russian Federation)
The regulation of glutamate spillover by astrocytic transporters

Tara Deemyad (Ashburn, VA, USA)
Calcium signaling in the astrocyte network promotes retroaxonal barrage firing in hippocampal interneurons

Soulmaz Rahmani (Oslo, Norway)
Regional heterogeneity of AQP4 and DAPC gene expression in the mouse brain

16:35-16:50

Coffee break

16:50-17:55

Student presentations • Astrocyte contribution to synaptic plasticity

Corien Grit (Groningen, Netherlands)
Ex-vivo analysis of astrocyte subpopulations

Rebecca Ko (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Nitric oxide modulation of phosphodiesterase activity and cAMP levels in astrocytes

Luca Pucci (Lausanne, Switzerland)
The dopaminergic phenotype of frontal cortex astrocytes

Linda Maria Requie (Padua, Italy)
GABAergic signalling in striatal astrocytes

Franziska Oschmann (Berlin, Germany)
Mathematical modeling of glutamate induced calcium signals in astrocytes

Ilaria Zamparo (Padua, Italy)
The mitochondrial calcium uniporter controls skeletal muscle trophism in vivo

18:00-19:00

Agora • Preparation (2)

20:00

Dinner

Wednesday, 15 April

9:00-9:45

Gertrudis Perea
Astrocyte role in sensory information processing in vivo [30 min + 10 min discussion]

9:45-10:30

Elly Hol
Are reactive astrocytes the cause of dementia in Alzheimer's disease? [30 min + 10 min discussion]

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:45

Alfonso Araque
Astrocyte modulation of hippocampal plasticity
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

11:45-12:30

Aude Panatier
The tripartite synapse at the nanoscale
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

12:30-14:00

Lunch break

14:00

Departure to Ravenna
Sightseeing and guided tours, followed by dinner
Return to Bertinoro after dinner

Thursday, 16 April

9:00-9:45

Giovanni Marsicano
Different roles of astroglial CB1 receptors
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

9:45-10:30

Tobias Stork
Astrocyte morphogenesis and neuron-astrocyte interactions during neural circuit assembly in Drosophila
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:45

Eric Newman
Glial cell regulation of retinal blood flow in health and disease [30 min + 10 min discussion]

11:45-12:30

Paola Bezzi
Role of astrocytes in the pathophysiology of 22q11 deletion syndrome [30 min + 10 min discussion]

12:30-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-14:45

Etienne Audinat
Reactive astrocytes and microglia in epilepsy
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

14:45-15:15

Igor Del VecchioOlympus
Experience the next level of multiphoton microscopy with Olympus FVMPE-RS
[25 min + 5 min discussion]

15:15-19:00

Agora • Preparation (3)  [with coffee]

20:00

Dinner

Friday, 17 April

9:00-9:40

Min Cho (Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience)
Publishing 101 in Nature Neuroscience
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

9:40-10:20

Paola Bezzi
Astrocytes may be behind the pathogenesis of autism
[30 min + 10 min discussion]

10:20-11:00

Richard Robitaille
Role of glial cells in peripheral nervous system disorders [30 min + 10 min discussion]

11:00-11:30

Coffee break

11:30-12:10

Frank Kirchhoff
What have ballet dancing and acute brain injury in common? Astrocytes! [30 min + 10 min discussion]

12:10-12:50

Giorgio Carmignoto
Exploring the role of astrocytes in brain disorders: the epilepsy case [30 min + 10 min discussion]

13:00-14:30

Lunch break

14:30-19:30

Agora 1, 2, 3   [with coffee]

19:30-20:00

General discussion, Concluding Remarks, Questionnaires

20:30

Farewell dinner

Saturday, 18 April

 

Departure

 

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Applications

1 September 2014

to

9 January 2015

Other
important dates

Notification of selections
19 January 2015

Selected applicants must confirm their acceptance by:
26 January 2015

Deadline for payment
23 February 2015

Executive Board

Alfonso Araque
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Giorgio Carmignoto
Padua, Italy
Richard Robitaille
Montreal, QC, Canada
Paulo Magalhães
Padua, Italy

Previous Schools

IAS 2014

IAS 2013

IAS 2012

IAS 2011

 

Organising secretariat

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