XIV European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease

ICVS Satellite Meeting in Braga | Monday, July 8, 2019

Decoding astrocyte-neuron dialogues that produce brain outputs

Monday, July 8, 2019, 13:00-17:30

Venue: ICVS School of Medicine, Campus de Gualtar, Braga, Portugal

Registration open until April 26, 2019  (free of charge)

The main goal of this meeting is to discuss the current state-of-the-art on the involvement of astrocyte-neuron signalling in circuit function and behaviour, fostering collaborative research to drive this field forward.

The meeting will take place in Braga, at the ICVS, a leading research institute in Neuroscience in Portugal.


| Meeting chairs |

João Filipe Oliveira – ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal

Nuno Sousa – ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal

Alfonso Araque – University of Minnesota, USA


| Program |

12:00 – Registration

13:00 - João F. Oliveira and Nuno Sousa (ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal)

            Welcome message

13:05 - Alfonso Araque (University of Minnesota, USA)

            Cell- and network-specific synaptic regulation by astrocytes

13:20 - Paola Bezzi (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

            Disruption of VMAT2 in astrocytes induces features of neurodevelopmental disorders

13:40 - Cagla Eroglu (Duke University Medical Center, USA)

            How do glia sculpt synaptic circuits?

14:00 - Matthew Holt (VIB KU Leuven, Belgium)

            Molecular heterogeneity of astrocytes: potential implications for development and function

14:20 - General discussion

14:30 - Coffee break                         

15:00 - Gertrudis Perea (Cajal Institute CSIC, Spain)

            Melanopsin for precise optogenetic activation of astrocyte-neuron networks

15:20 - Inbal Goshen (ELSC, Hebrew University, Israel)

            Activity-dependent and projection-specific effects of astrocytes on memory acquisition

15:40 - Christian Henneberger (University of Bonn Medical School, Germany)

            Perisynaptic astrocyte structure shapes hippocampal glutamate signalling 

16:00 - Alexey Semyanov (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia)

            Synaptic and extrasynaptic neuron-astrocyte communication

16:20 - João F. Oliveira (ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal)

            Astrocytes support neural synchronization and cognition

16:40 - General discussion               

16:50 - Alfonso Araque (University of Minnesota, USA)

            Closing message

17:30 – Social gathering at the city center

22:00 – Bus shuttle to Porto


| Organizing Committee |

Diana Nascimento - ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal

Sónia Guerra-Gomes - ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal

Inês Caetano - ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal

Joao Filipe Viana - ICVS, University of Minho, Portugal


| Venue |


The satellite symposium event will take place at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) in Braga. This R&D Unit, part of the School of Medicine University of Minho, was created in 2003 with the aim at improving human health through outstanding life-science research, cutting-edge medical innovation and delivery of specialized services. More than 300 researchers presently work at the ICVS developing biomedical, translational and clinical research of excellence which is further motivated by the close location and relationship with the central Hospital.

ICVS is located in Braga, an ancient Roman city located in the northwestern region of Portugal, not far away from Porto. Braga converges its long history and traditions with its joviality and vitality, and is the 2nd European Best Destination 2019 (https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/destinations/braga/)!


| How to arrive at the ICVS, Braga? |

- Meeting Shuttles

Porto-Braga - Shuttles free of charge to the ICVS will be provided from Porto center (in Avenida dos Aliados, leaving at 11:00) and Porto Airport (leaving at 11:30).

Braga-Porto – Shuttles free of charge will take all participants back to Porto (Avenida dos Aliados) leaving at 22:00. From Av. dos Aliados you can easily reach the whole city by metro, bus, taxi, and Uber.

Registration for the shuttle is mandatory here (link: https://forms.gle/3tHkRhvUCxkUPFTr9) by April 26. Detailed information will be provided closer to the meeting. Luggage can be safely stored in the bus during the day until the return to Porto.

- Alternative transportation to Braga

From Porto Airport – Direct shuttle buses leave for Braga Bus Station every 2 hours. Cost:8€/ Duration:50min
Check the detailed schedule at https://www.getbus.eu/en/braga-airport-braga/
Note that you may buy tickets online or with the driver.

From Porto city center – Urban (U) trains leave from S. Bento or Campanhã to Braga Train Station, every half an hour. Cost: 3,25€/ Duration: about 1h
Check the detailed schedule at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times
Note that tickets for urban trains to Braga cannot be purchased online so you need to buy them at the station.

The ICVS/School of Medicine is located at the top of the University Campus (Campus de Gualtar, Braga) and it can be easily reached by taxi (http://www.taxisbraga.pt/) or Uber (5-10min) straight to us.


| Registration |

Deadline: April 26, 2019

This satellite event is free of charge. Registration is mandatory, including a motivation statement. To do so, please fill in the following form. This registration includes admission to all the talks, coffee breaks and shuttles Porto-Braga-Porto.

Click here for registration

For any questions please contact the meeting secretariat at info@glia2019.eu .



Important Dates –
Road to Porto

| February 4, 2019 |

Deadline for abstract submission, early registration and stipend application

| April 26, 2019 |
Deadline for registration to ICVS Satellite Meeting in Braga

| May 2019 |
Final program available

| June 24, 2019 |
Deadline for online registration

| July 10–13, 2019 |
XIV European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease

Please find the full list of dates here.

Scientific Secretariat

   XIV European Glial Meeting
    Meino Alexandra Gibson
    Max Delbrück Center for
    Molecular Medicine (MDC)
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    13092 Berlin, Germany


Meeting Secretariat

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