5 - 6 August 2023
ISN Satellite Workshop

Astrocytic Control of Brain Circuits and Behavior

Registrations closed
  • Description

    The Astrocytic Control of Brain Circuits and Behavior is an ISN Satellite Workshop of the ISN-ESN Meeting 2023

    Recent technological developments allowing specific manipulation of astrocytes in behaving animals created a new research field aiming to dissect the role of astrocytes in higher brain functions. Neuron-glial networks display a surprising degree of complexity, where astrocyte neurochemical signaling modulates neuronal circuit function. This dialogue at the cellular level is reflected in the network outputs, thereby affecting the production of behavior.


    This satellite event will gather experts to discuss the contribution of the underlying astrocyte physiological mechanisms to this equation: molecular, morphological, metabolic, and functional heterogeneity; and the balance between focal and global calcium astrocyte activity.


    This diverse panel will also ensure a stimulating discussion based on various opinions and approaches to tackle the common goal of understanding astrocyte modulation of neural circuits and behavior.

  • Chairs

    João Filipe Oliveira
    University of Minho, Portugal


    Christian Henneberger
    University of Bonn, Germany

  • Speakers

    Amit Agarwal
    Heidelberg University, Germany

    Annalisa Scimemi
    University at Albany, USA

    Audrey Denizot
    AIStroSight Lab, INRIA, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne, France

    Axel Nimmerjahn
    Salk Institute, USA

    Chris Dulla
    Tufts University, USA

    Christian Henneberger
    Institute of Cellular Neurosciences, University of Bonn, Germany

    Gertrudis Perea
    Cajal Institute, Spain

    Inbal Goshen
    The Hebrew University, Israel

    João Filipe Oliveira
    ICVS, School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

    Matthew Holt
    i3S, Porto, Portugal

    Rune Enger
    University of Oslo, Norway

    Ruth Beckvordersandforth
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany

    Sebastiano Curreli
    Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

    Yukiko Goda
    Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology OIST, Japan

  • Program

    Aug 5, Saturday

    12:30 | Check in (Welcome desk)

    13:00 | Start of the Scientific Sessions

    17:30 | End of the Scientific sessions

    18:30 | Social gathering at city center

    Aug 6, Sunday

    9:00 | Start of the Scientific Sessions

    12:30 | End of the Scientific sessions

    13:00 | Lunch 

    15:00 | City tour

  • Venue

    The ISN Satellite Event will be hosted at the ICVS-School of Medicine, the University of Minho in Braga.


    The ICVS is a high-standard laboratory equipped with top-edge instruments and technology, where more than 200 researchers work in a sharing-policy environment.
    The ICVS is part of a cluster including the Medicine School and the Hospital of Braga through the Clinical Academic Centre, potentiating the translation of fundamental research into the clinics.


    In addition to the adequate conditions, ICVS is placed in a privileged spot displaying beautiful and inspiring views of the UNESCO world heritage site Bom Jesus. Check it out here (https://icvs.uminho.pt/). The venue is within walking distance from the city center of 2000+ years of history. Braga is served by the Porto International airport (~50 Km) with 115+ direct destinations worldwide.

  • Registration

    Registrations closed.
    For more information contact training@b-acis.pt



    Early bird registration: Until May 12
    Regular registration: Until July 14


    Early bird

    • 30€


    • 50€

    Principal Investigators

    Early bird

    • 50€


    • 100€

  • More information

    Traveling by plane:
    The nearest airport to the city of Braga is Sá Carneiro Airport, in Maia, Porto.


    From Porto to Braga:
    – Taxi / Uber / Bolt
    – GetBus (directly from the airport to Braga bus station) (visit website)
    – Train (visit website)


    Recommended accommodation:
    Hotel Meliã (closest to the course venue)
    Hotel B&B Lamaçães (close to the course venue)
    Hotel Porta Nova Collection House (city center)
    – Hotel Dona Sofia (city center)
    Hotel Bracara Augusta (City center)


    To visit:
    – Get to know Braga (visit website)


    – The EURO (EUR) is the national currency.
    – International Credit Cards are widely accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
    – Exchange offices and ATMs are available throughout Porto and Braga.
    – For exchange rates: www.xe.com.

Need more information?

Contact us at training@b-acis.pt