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NeuroDays 2021 : neuroscience & society

Neurodays 2021 will take place on November 8th & 9th , 2021! 

Neurodays 2021 will take place on November 8th & 9th , 2021! 

The last one and a half year has taught us all over again about the social organization being the core to the human civilization. After facing some very difficult times, we can now finally get back to some of the “normal” social activities. We, the PhD students of the NeuroSchool found this as the most appropriate opportunity to get together, discuss, and brainstorm about some of the social aspects in neuroscience through this year’s NeuroDays on the theme, “Neuroscience and Society”.

Book your dates for the 8th and 9th November 2021 to participate in this event at the Hexagone, Luminy Campus. We promise to present you with some scintillating talks, interactive poster sessions, an engaging movie night and a candid roundtable session with our speakers.

Come join us! (Mandatory registration and sanitary pass)

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NeuroDays Program

The 2021 edition will be full of surprises! There will be a film evening, a poster competition and round-table mentoring sessions with the speakers! All of this will be interspersed with presentations by renowned researchers.

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Movie Night | November 8th from 5 pm to 7 pm | Luminy campus

Neuroscience documentary with Rochelle Ackerley


    Rochelle Ackerley, Laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences, CNRS, Aix-marseille Université Perspectives on the function of human touch: why we need it and how we can change it

    "We have gained much knowledge in recent years about the mechanisms involved in human touch, from the peripheral encoding of touch to its central interpretation. When most people think of touch, they think about the discriminative, conscious aspects, such as where it happens, for how long, and other sensory factors like roughness. Such information is encoded and relayed by fast-conducting myelinated mechanoreceptive afferents. However, many studies investigate positive affective touch (pleasant touch) and we know that a specific class of slowly-conducting mechanoreceptors in the skin codes such gentle, moving touch optimally. The input from these receptors, so-called C-tactile (CT) afferents, is thought to underlie the pleasant and emotional aspects of touch, such as in social and affiliative touch between friends and family."  

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      François Gonon, PhD, Institute of Neurodegenerative deseases, CNRS, University of Bordeaux Ethics of communication of neuroscience research to the general public

      "From 1974 to 2008 I studied the neurotransmission mediated by dopamine in the brain of rats and mice. In this research field I published 96 scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals (including Nature , J. Neuroscience and PNAS ). I collaborated as principal investigator with several foreign researchers in prestigious universities. In 2007 I realized that there is often a huge gap between Neuroscience findings and their covering by mass medias. Since then, I decided to investigate the mediatization of Neuroscience researches. In the field of Science Communication I already published two studies as principal investigator and ten as senior author in peer-reviewed international journals as well as three opinion article. Two of them have been echoed by newspapers ( The New York Times, The Economist, Le Monde, Le Figaro )."

        Jean-Michel Revest, PhD, Neurocentre Magendie, INSERM U1215, Bordeaux Physiopathology & therapeutic approaches of stress-related diseases

        Jean-Michel Revest completed his Ph.D. in Cellular and Structural Biology and Microbiology (January 1998) at the University of Marseille (Luminy). He joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF-Cancer UK- London) as a postdoctoral fellow to learn gene knockout technology by homologous recombination and to work on molecular signaling pathways. He obtained a tenured position at CNRS in 2001. Since he has joined the Neurocentre Magendie in 2001 in Bordeaux in the team directed by Pier Vincenzo Piazza, he started developing several models of inducible transgenic mice. Then he focused its research to understand the molecular signaling cascades underlying the beneficial/deleterious effects of steroid hormones (e.g. glucocorticoids) on memory and the inhibiting effect of neurosteroid pregnenolone on CB1-dependent behavioral effects, notably the harmful effects of THC (cannabis active principle) and of the cognitive deficits impairment in Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21). From this research also emerged several patents followed by the co-foundation of the Biotech Aelis Farma with Drs. Pier Vincenzo Piazza, Monique Vallée, Giovanni Marsicano and Daniela Cota. Since 2018 he is leading the team “Physiopathology and therapeutic approaches of stress-related diseases” at Bordeaux (France).

          Eduardo Gascon Gonzalo, PhD Molecular Mechanisms of Social Cognition

          “Humans exhibit a social behavior repertoire of staggering complexity. We are interested in identifying social networks driving specific prosocial behaviors such as food sharing or altruism as well as unravelling the control and plasticity of such behaviors at the molecular level. For that purpose, we are combining different experimental models (in vitro and in vivo work with rodents, marmosets, and humans) and a palette of techniques ranging from behavioral testing, single-cell transcriptomics or genome-editing in vivo.

          Epigenetic mechanisms are important regulators of brain adaptations to environmental modifications. Among them, microRNAs, a class of short non-coding RNAs, have attracted much research attention. Over the last 10 years, we have systematically investigated which microRNAs are deregulated in different physiological and pathological contexts and investigated how their expression levels impinge on target genes and network activity. We have also generated a number of novel tools (e.g. for in vivo manipulation of specific miRNAs in precise brain networks) which will help us further understand the function of brain microRNAs.” 

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            Marie-Pierre Moisan, PhD Micronutrients and Neuro-physiological consequences of different dietsFind out more
              Caroline Strube, PhD Ethics, scientific Integrity and society's view on scientific research
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