Third France-Israel Binational conférence
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France-Israel Neuroscience Neurology and Psychiatry Society (FINNePS)


14-17 February 2010 | The University of Haifa, Israel

  Following two highly successful French-Israeli Binational Neuroscience meetings in 2004 (Maale Hachamisha, Israel) and 2007 (Bordeaux, France) and the foundation in January 2008 of the "France-Israel Neuroscience Neurology and Psychiatry Society" (FINNePS), the third binational meeting in brain research will be organized by FINNePS and take place in Haifa, Israel, 14-18 February, 2010.
The goal of the conference is to present the achievements of ongoing collaborative research between teams of the two countries and to discuss new directions for expansion of bilateral cooperation. So as to allow an optimally large number of French and Israeli researchers, in particular young scientists, to participate, the conference will be on a larger scale than our previous French-Israeli binational meetings in neuroscience, also because it will address issues in the two fields not included then: Neurology and Psychiatry The conference will include: 4 key-note presentations, 20 symposia and one poster session.
Main topics:
Basic studies Processing of sensory information (visual, auditory, olfactory, taste and somatosensory systems); Executive control and working memory; Neuronal basis of decision making; Mechanisms of memory consolidation; Pathological forms of memory; Adaptation in sensory systems; Mechanisms of skill and motor learning; Nonlinear dynamics of single neuron and neuronal networks; Short-term plasticity.
Neurology Current approaches in Alzheimer's disorder research; The Basal Ganglia in Parkinson's and Huntington Diseases; Epilepsy.
Biological Psychiatry Stress-related disorders; Major Depression in the post-SSRI era; Genetic background in psychiatric disorders.
Participants from France
Abrous Nora
Beracochea Daniel
Bontempi Bruno
Boraud Thomas
Bioulac Bernard
Chaouloff Francis
de Cheveigné Alain
Cohen Laurent
Desmedt Aline
Dubayle David
Etxamendi Nicole
Ferreira Guillaume
Gorea Andrei
Gurden Hirac
Hansel David
Herry Cyril
Jay Thérèse
Laroche Serge
Levénes Carole
Levy Frédéric
Marighetto Aline
Marsicano Giovanni
Melki Judith
Meunier Claude
Mongillo Gianliugi
Mulle Christophe
Naccache Lionel
Oliet Stéphane
Pessiglione Mathias
Piazza Pier Vicenzo
Poucet Bruno
Pressnitzer Daniel
Ravel Nadine
Revest Jean-Michel
Sahel José
Shulz Daniel
Sumbre German
van Vreeswijk Carl
Vouimba Rose-Marie
Wiener Sidney
Zytnicki Daniel


Sunday, 14 February

  Participants from Israel
Abeles Moshe
Ahissar Ehud
Akirav Irit
Amedi Amir
Bar-Gad Izhar
Barkai Edi
Belmaker Haim
Ben-Shahar Dorit
Berman Sigal
Brenner Naama
Chen Alon
Cohen Dana
Dudai Yadin
Flash Tamar
Gaisler-Salomon Inna
Gilboa Assaf
Golomb David
Gozes Ilana
Gutfreund Yoram
Karni Avi
Karniel Amir
Korzyn Amos
Lamprecht Rafi
Lowenstein Yonatan
Malach Rafi
Maroun Mouna
Michaelson Daniel
Morris Genela
Nelken Eli
Paz Roni
Richter-Levin Gal
Rosenblum Kobi
Rozin Marta
Segal Menahem
Shamir Maoz
Sobel Noam
Tsodyks Misha
Vaadia Eilon
Wagner Shlomo
Marta Winstock-Rosin
Yadid Gal
Zaksenhouse Miriam
Ziv Noam

12:00 Registration & “Appetizers”

14:00-14:30 Opening Ceremony and greetings
Mr. Yona Yahav, Mayor of Haifa
Prof Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, President of the University of Haifa
Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi, Rector of the University of Haifa
His Excellency Mr. Christophe Bigot, Ambassador of France in Tel Aviv (TBC)
Prof. Eric Seboun, Scientific Attaché at the French Embassy, Tel Aviv
Prof. Bernard Bioulac, CNRS

14:30-15:15 Opening lecture

José Sahel (Institut de la Vision, Paris)
Rod-cone paracrine interactions: a molecular and therapeutic perspective

15:15-16:45 Neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases

Amos Korczyn (Tel Aviv U., Tel Aviv)
Is vascular cognitive impairment a useful concept ?

Ilana Gozes (Tel Aviv U., Tel Aviv)
Davunetide (NAP intranasal formulation AL-108) provides cognitive protection in models of microtubules dysfunction: relevance to Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia

Daniel Michaelson (Tel Aviv U., Tel Aviv)
Synergistic pathological interactions between apolipoprotein E4 and amyloid- β in Alzheimer's disease

16:45 -17:15 Coffee break

17:15-18:45 Motoneuron diseases: electophysiology, genetics and modeling

Judith Melki (Hôpital du Kremlin Bicêtre- Inserm, Paris)
Genomics and transcriptomics in human motorneuron diseases

Daniel Zytnicki (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
Mixed mode oscillations and sub-primary firing range in adult mouse spinal motoneurons

Claude Meunier (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
Mechanisms of mixed mode oscillations in spinal motoneurons

19:00 Cocktail & get together evening

Monday, 15 February, Morning  
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9:00-10:00 Memory consolidation

Menahem Segal (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)
Hippocampal metaplasticity

Yadin Dudai (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot
What keeps memory going, and how? Lessons from the rat cortex

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-13:05 Parallel sessions



Session 1:  Amygdala in
health and disease

Session 2: Executive control: computational models and psychophysics

10:30-11:45 Part 1 

Cyril  Herry (Neurocentre  Magendie, Bordeaux)
Removal of perineuronal nets in the amygdala enables selective erasure of fear memory

Mouna Maroun (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
Interaction between amygdala and prefrontal cortex in fear and extinction

Rony Paz (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)
Better safe than sorry: how valence affects generalization of learning 

David Hansel (Paris Descartes U., Paris)Choice preference in spiking neuronal network models of decision making

Yonatan Loewenstein
(Hebrew U., Jerusalem)
What  is choice preference? A theoretical and experimental study

Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)Locking times to spikes: a synaptic model for neuronal representation of time

11:45-12:00 Break 

12:00-13:15  Part 2 

Rafi Lamprecht (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
Fear memory formation in lateral amygdala: from gene expression to protein interactions

Guillaume Ferreira (Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)
Conditioned odor aversion and preference: differential involvement of basolateral amygdala and insular cortex at the cellular and system levels

Rose Marie Vouimba (CNIC-Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)Age-dependent modulation of amygdala -hippocampal interactions

Gianliugi Mongillo (Paris Descartes U., Paris)Irregular spiking and multistability in recurrent networks with non-linear synaptic transmission

Andrei Gorea (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
Decisional behavior assessed with external noise manipulations in a dual brightness-classification task

Dov Sagi (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)
Limiting factor in visual detection: threshold or noise

      Monday,15 February, Afternoon  

13:15-15:00 Lunch break
Chair Menahem Segal

15:00-15:45 Pier Vincenzo Piazza (INSERM, Neurocentre Magendie , Bordeaux)
An unified vision of addiction: role of drugs and individuals transition to addiction

15:45- 17:00 Parallel sessions

Session 1: Cannabinoids and addiction Session 2: Computational aspects of adaptation
 Irit Akirav (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
Cannabinoids modulation of emotional memory

Francis Chaouloff (Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux)
Endocannabinoids and adaptation to stress

Giovanni Marsicano (Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux)
Bimodal control of neuronal functions by the endocannabinoid system

Yoram Gutfreund (Technion, Haifa)
Multisensory stimulus-specific-adaptation in the gaze control system of the barn owl

Naama Brenner (Technion, Haifa)
Adaptive response by state-dependent inactivation

German Sumbre (ENS, Paris)
Temporal processing of rhythmic sensory stimulation in zebrafish


      17:00-17:30 Coffee break

17:30- 19:00 High cognition and consciousness
Chair: Eli Nelken

Rafi Malach (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)
Self generated activity in the human brain

Laurent Cohen (Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris)
Neuropsychology and imagery of word reading: footprints of culture in the brain

Lionel Naccache (Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris)
Exploring conscious processing: from theory to bedside

19:00-21:30 Posters session, wine & cheese
      Tuesday, 16 February, Morning  
      9:00-11:05 Parallel sessions  

Session 1: Hippocampal functions and neurogenesis
Chair: Kobi Rosenblum

Session 2: Basal ganglia and reward

Chair: Laurent Cohen

Nora Abrous (Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux)
On the influence of spatial learning on adult hippocampal neurogenesis

Aline Marighetto / Nicole Etxamendi (CNIC / Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)
A critical CA1 episodic buffer in long-term declarative memory formation
Serge Laroche (Paris XI, Orsay)
Hippocampal cellular and molecular mechanisms of recognition memory

Genela Morris (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
The role of sensory information in creating representations in the hippocampus

Bruno Bontempi
(CNIC-Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)
Tracking the memory trace during systems-level consolidation 
Thomas Boraud (MAC-Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)
Do computers dream of electric bananas?

Hagai Bergman (Hebrew U., Jerusalem)

Mathias Pessiglione (INSERM,
Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris)Splitting motivation: hemispheric dissociation of the human reward system

Izhar Bar Gad (Bar Ilan U., Ramat Gan)
The neurophysiological basis of deep brain stimulation

Dana Cohen (Bar Ilan U., Ramat Gan)
Distinct neural mechanisms of associative learning in dorsal and ventral striatum

11:05-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:15 Haim Belmaker (Ben Gurion U., Beersheva)
The role of knockout mice in understanding the mechanism of action of lithium

12:15-14:30 Lunch break

      Tuesday, 16 February, Afternoon  
      14:30- 16:10 Parallel sessions  
Session 1: Models of psychiatric disorders

Chair: Irit Akirav
Session 2: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of plasticity.
Chair Hirac:Gurden
Thérèse Jay (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
Dysfunctions in prefrontal networks plasticity as a model in psychiatric disorders

Inna Gaisler-Salomon (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
Modeling schizophrenia symptoms in animals: the surprise and promise of the glutaminase-deficient mouse

Dorit Ben Shahar (Technion, Haifa)
Mitochondria – dopamine interaction a novel piece of information in the biological puzzle of schizophrenia

Gal Yadid (Bar Ilan U., Ramat Gan)
Brain electrical stimulation as a suggested treatment of depression and addiction
 Christophe Mulle (Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)
Activity-dependent plasticity of NMDA receptors in the hippocampus 

Carole Levenes (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
NMDA receptors and bidirectional plasticity of Purkinje cell synapses: better late than never  

Stephane Oliet (Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux)
Contribution of glial cells to synaptic plasticity

Edi Barkai (Haifa U., Haifa)
A whole-cell mechanism for long-term memory enhancement

16:05-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:45 Parallel sessions

Session 1: Stress and Plasticity
Chair: Thérèse Jay
Session 2: Somatosensory system
Chair: Edi Barkai
Gal Richter-Levin (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
Individual and sex differences in responses to juvenile stress

Daniel Beracochea (CNIC-Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)
Impact of acute stress on hippocampal corticosterone rise and memory retrieval in aged mice

Marta Weinstock-Rosin (Hebrew U., Jerusalem)
Gender differences in behavior and expression of hippocampal synaptic genes are greatly diminished by prenatal stress
Ehud Ahissar (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)
Thalamocortical convergence on object location in whisking rats

Daniel Shulz (Alfred Fessard I., Gif)
Exploring sensory processing of natural tactile scenes in the somatosensory system of the rat

 David Golomb (Ben Gourion U., Beersheva)
Control of firing patterns of vibrissa motoneurons and vibrissa movements
      Wednesday, 17 February, Morning  
      9:00-12:00 Parallel sessions  
Session 1:  Olfaction and taste Session 2: Executive control: computational models and psychophysics

9:00-10:15 Part 1 

Hirac Gurden (Paris XI, Orsay)
The neuro-astrocytic crosstalk in olfactory glomeruli: control of odor-induced activities and imaging signals

Noam Sobel (Weizmann I., Rehovot)
From odorant structure to neural activity and perception in olfaction

Shlomo Wagner (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
The accessory olfactory (vomeronasal) system: a sensory system adapted for social interactions
Eilon Vaadia (Hebrew U., Jerusalem)
Studies of mutual learning of brains and computers in  brain-machine interface (BMI)

Carl van Vreeswijk (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
The role of shunting inhibition in the generation of complex movements

Miriam Zacksenhouse (Technion, Haifa)
Signal-to-noise ratio of binned spike-counts and the timescales of neural coding
10:15-10:30 Break 
10:30-11:45 Part 2
Kobi Rosenblum (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
Inhibition of the proteasome bi-directionally affects learning & memory process in the cortex

Nadine Ravel (Lyon 1 U.,  Lyon)
Mapping learning-induced modulations of oscillatory activity in memory circuits: a new functional imagery

Frederic Levy (INRA-Nouzilly, Nouzilly)
Brain mechanisms of maternal attachment in sheep 
Tamar Flash (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)
Representing movement: from moving frames to space-time invariance.

Sigal Berman (Ben Gurion U., Beersheva).
Movements on curved manifolds.  

Amir Karniel (Ben Gurion U., Beersheva)
Transfer of Adaptation between Feedback and Feed forward controllers

Wednesday, 17 February, Afternoon

Chair: Carl van Vreeswijk
Moshe Abeles (Bar Ilan U., Ramat Gan)
How the binding problem may be solved by the nervous system

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

Session 1: Prefrontal cortex in navigation and memory
Chair: Mouna Maroun

Session 2: Images of the brain
Chair: Alain de Chéveigné

Bruno Poucet (Provence U., Marseille)
Coding of spatial and temporal information by hippocampal and prefrontal neurons during spatial navigation: specificity and complementarity

Sidney Wiener (Collège de France, Paris)
Characterization and mechanisms of formation of co-active neuron ensembles in prefrontal cortex upon new learning

Asaf Gilboa (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
Prefrontal cortex contributions to human declarative memory
Noam Ziv (Technion, Haifa)
Synaptic tenacity: insights from live imaging experiments

Avi Karni (U. of Haifa, Haifa)
The acquisition of non-volitional skills: procedural memory for balance and posture

Amir Amedi (Hebrew U., Jerusalem)
Multisensory integration and the binding problem: Insights from novel Phase-locking Fourier Approaches to fMRI
      15:45-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-18:00 Parallel sessions

Session 1: Auditory system

Chair: Claude Meunier

Session 2: Fear and stress: from system to molecular bases
Chair: Aline Marighetto

Eli Nelken (Hebrew U., Jerusalem)
Short-term memory in auditory cortex - beyond the oddball sequences

Daniel Pressnitzer (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
Probing the formation of auditory memories with white noise

Alain De Chéveigné (Paris Descartes U., Paris)
New techniques for brain signal analysis

Maoz Shamir (Ben Gourion U., Beersheva)
Fast decoding mechanisms for interaural time delay discrimination in the guinea pig inferior colliculus

Aline Desmedt (CNIC-Bordeaux U., Bordeaux)
From normal to pathological fear memories

Jean-Michel Revest (Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux)
Molecular basis of stress-related memory: from glucocorticoids to synapsin-Ia/Ib

Alon Chen (Weizmann I. of Science, Rehovot)
Dissecting the central stress response using site-specific genetic manipulation in adult mice
      Farewell Cocktail