Program BrainTrain Conference

Thursday 19 September 2013


08:30-09:00 Welcome coffee
09:00-10:00 Trafficking and Secretion of Secretory Vesicles in Mammalian Neurons – Professor Mathijs Verhage (Head of Functional Genomics Department, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
10:00-11:00 Non-invasive Prenatal Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders – Professor Philippos Patsalis (Chief Executive Medical Director Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics – Chief Executive Director Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine, Nicosia, Cyprus)
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 The effects of amyloid-beta on synapses – Dr. Helmut Kessels (Department Head, Synaptic Plasticity and Behaviour, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Probing Rules for Disturbing Synaptic Strength in Simple Networks – Professor Yukiko Goda (Senior Team Leader, Neural Circuit Function, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Tokyo, Japan)
15:00-16:00 Naturalistic Fearful Environment and Risky Decisions in Rats – Professor Jeansok Kim (Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Development of Tafamidis, a Transthyretin Stabilizer for Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy – Dr. Yasuo Ochi and Dr. Katsuyuki Machii (Pfizer Japan)
17:30-18:00 Upcoming Research Funding Opportunities; Horizon 2020 Overview, Dr. Barbara Rhode (Head of Science & Technology Section, Minister Counselor, Delegation of the European Union to Japan)(Pfizer Japan)
18:00-18:30 Closing Remarks & Borrel
18:30-20:00 Dinner at RIKEN (*reserved for BrainTrain fellows and speakers)