Excitatory synapses are functional units that enable rapid signal transmission and communication between neurons. Through these connections, neurons form circuits that process information necessary to generate all brain functions. Aberrant synaptic function is causally linked to several neurological and psychiatric disorders. Understanding the structure and function of excitatory synapses is therefore fundamental not only to infer knowledge about brain function but also to find new therapeutic strategies for brain diseases.
The conference will bring together outstanding junior and senior scientists across different disciplines including structural biologists, anatomists, molecular and developmental biologists, cell biologists, biochemists, cell/molecular imagers, biophysicists and neurophysiologists with the goal of stimulating discussions about current concepts and defining new challenges for future research.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: Synaptic Plasticity and Behavior
- Excitatory Synapses as Key Regulators of Neural Circuits
- Excitatory Synapses in Learning and Memory
- Experience-Dependent Synaptic Plasticity
- New Imaging Tools to Study Excitatory Synapses
- Synaptic Dysfunction in Brain Disorders
- Glutamate Receptors: Structure and Function
- Synapse Specification and Transsynaptic Signaling
- Excitatory Synapses and Genes