Meeting Overview

The 2019 Early-Career Researchers Symposium took place on January 29th, 2019 at the Geneva Campus Biotech. Thank you to all our participants for making this event a success. 

This year's meeting focused on the latest developments on how neural populations and circuits solve the different computational tasks underlying cognition, such as perception, memory, and action. The event brought together empirical, computational and theoretical scientists to discuss the latest scientific challenges in our field. The ERS meeting program opened with two keynote lectures by Dr. Valerio Mante from the University of Zurich's Institute of Neuroinformatics, followed by Dr. Johannes Letzkus from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt. These talks were followed by plenary lectures showcasing cutting-edge neuroscience research conducted by trainees at universities across Switzerland. In between sessions, a social reception was held to facilitate further scientific discussion and networking.


The meeting concluded with a lively panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kelly Tan of the Friedrich Meischer Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel on integrating the diverse viewpoints between neuroscience disciplines.

Morning Lectures

Dr. Leena Williams


University of Geneva

“Higher-order thalamocortical inputs gate synaptic long-term potentiation via disinhibition”

Dr. Gregorio Galiñanes


University of Geneva

“Two-photon imaging of cortical neurons during a multi- directional reaching task in mice”

Ms. Ece Boran


University Hospital Zurich / Zurich Neuroscience Center

“Persistent hippocampal neural firing and hippocampal-cortical coupling predict working memory load”

Mr. Benjamin Ehret


ETH Zurich

“Stimulus–response mappings in mouse prefrontal cortex population activity”

Mr. Max Nolte


Blue Brain Project / EPFL, Lausanne

“Cortical reliability amid noise and chaos”

Dr. Marios Abatis


Centre de Neurosciences Psychiatriques 1er, Hopital de Cery, Prilly

“Local excitatory networks in the lateral amygdala support emotional memory learning”


Lunch break

Keynote Lectures

Prof. Valerio Mante


Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich

Dr. Johannes Letzkus


Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt

Coffee break


Afternoon Lectures

Mr. Lukas Oesch


University of Bern

“Activation of hypothalamic inhibitory neurons during REM sleep stabilizes appetite”

Ms. Daniela Zöller


EPFL, Lausanne / University of Geneva

“Brain network dynamics provide functional signatures of anxiety in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome”

Dr. Maria Sol Fustiñana Gueler


Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel

“Neuronal correlates of social interactions in amygdala circuits”

Dr. Christoph Pokorny


University of Geneva

“Reconstructed activity of cortical sources during attempted movements in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis”

Ms. Andréa Galvez


University of Geneva

“Inferring walking movements from EEG for clinical applications”

Dr. Yaroslav Sych


University of Zurich

“Emerging functional connectivity in a mesoscale brain network during sensorimotor task learning”


Coffee break

Meeting Program

Registration; Coffee and croissants



Welcome and opening remarks

Flash Talks

Dr. Andreas Keller



“Feedback receptive fields in neurons of visual cortex”

Mr. Antoine Philippides


University of Geneva

“The role of afferent input in neuroprosthetic learning”

Mr. Rodrigo Triana-Del Río


University of Lausanne / CHUV, Lausanne

“Oxytocin mediates the switch from passive to active defensive reactions in the central amygdala”

Mr. Timothée Proix


University of Geneva

“Decoding of attempted motor movements for locked-in patients using source reconstructed cortical potentials”

Ms. Maria Chernysheva


Brain Research Institute, Zurich

“The prefrontal-striatal pathway supports working memory maintenance”

Ms. Cristina Colangelo


Blue Brain Project / EPFL, Lausanne

“A framework for multi-scale cholinergic neuromodulation of the neocortex: bridging synapses, dendrites, neurons, and network states”

Ms. Raphaela Seeger


University of Bern

“Time-resolved synaptic cytomatrix and exocytosis architecture”

Dr. Baptiste Jaeger


Brain Research Institute, Zurich

“Understanding the transcriptional changes at the basis of memory formation in the hippocampus”


Coffee break

Closing Session

Panel Discussion


(moderated by Prof. Kelly Tan, University of Basel)


Best presentation award and concluding remarks

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