2009 About the Conference


The conference was held in the fabulous village setting of Adare, Co. Limerick in Adare Manor. Adare is located in the South West of Ireland.

The meeting consisted of a mix of platform presentations, short talks and poster sessions by researchers from diverse field, fostering inter-disciplinary integration. Sessions were arranged by broad themes that stimulated discussion across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The programme will ran over 4 days, starting on the evening of April 21st 2009 with an opening reception and first keynote lecture and ending with a Gala dinner on the evening of the 24th.

Session topics:

  • Building the brain – mechanisms of patterning, cell migration and axon guidance and their implication in disease (e.g., schizophrenia, dyslexia).
  • Making connections – mechanisms of synapse formation and its implication in disease (e.g., autism, epilepsy).
  • The genetic architecture of psychiatric and neurological disorders – rare versus common allele disease models, de novo mutation, epistasis, methods to find risk genes for human disorders.
  • From genotype to phenotype – integrating cell biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, neuroimaging and behaviour from model organisms to humans.
  • Rewiring the adult nervous system – adult neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity, stem cells.
  • From brain to mind – understanding the structure and function of neuronal microcircuits and larger networks and how they mediate cognition, perception and behaviour.