Symposia and plenary lectures

Friday, October 5th

14:00   Plenary lecture: Neural-immune dialogue in sleep disorders
Marina Bentivoglio, Department of Morphological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Verona, Italy
15:00   Symposium: Cognitive neuroscience
chair: Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, Zvezdan Pirtošek
15:00   Theta and alpha EEG in working memory
Johannes Sarnthein, Neurologie, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Switzerland
15:30   The role of occipital gamma activity in humans: from working memory to consolidation
Ole Jensen, F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
16:00   Dopamine modulation of cellular networks in the prefrontal cortex: boosting cognitive signaling via D1 & NMDA receptor interactions?
Charles R. Yang, Neuroscience Discovery, Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, USA
16:30   Coffee break
16:45   Neuronal and electrophysiological correlates of intention and volition
Zvezdan Pirtošek, Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
17:15   Exploration of functional integration in schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease
Grega Repovš, Department of Psychology, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA
18:00   Plenary lecture: Multidisciplinary studies of brain, cognition, and behavior
Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, Brain Sciences Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
19:00   Panel discussion: Ethical challenges to Neuroscience and Neuroscientists – personal perspective
20:00   Wine and cheese get-together by the posters

Saturday, October 6th

09:00   Symposium: Amyloidogenic proteins aggregation and toxicity I: Molecular mechanisms
chair: Eva Žerovnik
09:00   Using stefin B as a model amyloidogenic protein – overview
Eva Žerovnik, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
09:25   The mechanism of amyloid-fibril formation by stefin B; temperature and protein concentration dependence of the rates
Katja Škerget, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
09:40   Toxicity, size and morphology of prefibrillar oligomers; applied from the outside or expressed inside cells
Slavko Čeru, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
10:05   Pore formation of stefin B wt, Y31 variant and EPM1 mutant G4R on planar lipid membranes
Gabriella Viero, CNR-FBK Institute of Biophysics, Unit at Trento, Povo, Italy
10:20   Coffee break
10:35   Symposium: Amyloidogenic proteins aggregation and toxicity II: Cellular studies
chair: Robert Layfield, Gerd Multhaup
10:35   Protein aggregation in the cell and the ubiquitin-proteasome system – overview
Robert Layfield, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK
11:00   Amyloid-beta aggregation, metal ions and ROS in Alzheimer’s disease
Gerd Multhaup, Institute of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Free University Berlin, Germany
11:25   Familial Alzheimer disease genetic defects alter cystatin C trafficking
Luisa Benussi, NeuroBioGen Lab and Memory Clinic, IRCCS "Centro San Giovanni di Dio-Fatebenefratelli", Brescia, Italy
11:50   Lysosomal enzymes and their inhibitors in autophagy
Nataša Kopitar-Jerala, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
12:05   Regulation of apoptosis during aging
Veronika Stoka, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
12:30   Plenary lecture: Deep brain stimulation: From therapy to a better understanding of brain function
Evžen Růžička, Department of Neurology, General Faculty Hospital, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
13:15   Lunch break with poster session
14:45   Plenary lecture: From gene expression to extracellular matrix in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory
Leszek Kaczmarek, Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland
15:45   Symposium: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias: From cell, through animal models to clinics
chair: Boris Rogelj
15:45   Proteomic analysis of X11 interacting proteins
Boris Rogelj, MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
16:10   Cell cycle abnormalities in a presenilin mouse model of Alzheimer's disease
Salvador Soriano, Department of Neuroscience, MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
16:35   Curcumin binding to tau aggregates in Alzheimer's disease and other tauopathies
Nina Mohorko, Institute of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
16:50   Regional correlation of dementia-related pathology detection using [F-18]FDDNP PET imaging and postmortem immunohistology
Lojze M. Šmid, Laboratory for Neural Plasticity and Regeneration, Institute of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
17:05   Coffee break
17:20   Plenary lecture: Elements of a neurobiological theory of hippocampal/neocortical interactions in memory
Richard G. M. Morris, Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, The University of Edinburgh, UK
18:05   Marina Bentivoglio presents International Brain Research Organisation
18:20   Richard Morris presents Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
20:00   Dinner with live music at a popular down-town restaurant
Everybody is welcome, but attendance is possible upon prior registration only. You can sign up when registering for the Conference or by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

Sunday, October 7th

09:00   Symposium: Early brain damage and the plasticity of the impaired brain
chair: Zvonka Rener Primec, Metka Derganc
09:00   Plasticity of the impaired brain in children with cerebral palsy (CP): The role of lesion type for epilepsy and neurodevelopmental outcome
Markus Wolff, University Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Tübingen, Germany
09:40   Brain growth, mental and cognitive development can be influenced by severe epileptic activity during early infancy
Zvonka Rener Primec, Department of Neurology, University Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
10:00   Novel neuroprotective strategies in the newborn – from laboratory to hospital practice
Damjan Osredkar, Department of Neurology, University Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
10:20   Neuroprotection in clinical practice
Metka Derganc, Department of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
10:50   Coffee break
11:05   Neonatal hypoxia and long-term neuropsychological outcome: Preliminary results of a follow-up study into early and late adolescence
David Gosar, Department of Neurology, University Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
11:20   Timing of brain injury: from diagnosis to prognosis
Tina Bregant , Department of Neurology, University Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
11:45   Plenary lecture: New imaging studies in neurodegeneration
Richard Frackowiak, Département d’études cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France and Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL, London, UK
12:45   Lunch break with poster session
14:30   Symposium: Neurodegeneration
chair: Maja Trošt, Blaž Koritnik
14:30   Neuroplasticity and pathophysiology of depression [Special lecture sponsored by Servier]
Jean Pierre Olié, Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Paris, France
15:00   Initial clinical experience with SPECT imaging of dopamine transporter in Slovenia
Maja Trošt, Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
15:20   Sensors for tremor measurement in patients with Parkinson's disease
Samo Ribarič, Institute of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
15:35   Central motor control in upper motor neuron degeneration
Blaž Koritnik, Institute of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
15:55   Behavioral and cognitive distinction between frontotemporal and Alzheimer dementias
Rajka M. Liščić, Alzheimer’s disease Research Center, School of Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA, and Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia
16:15   Coffee break
16:30   Symposium: Evoked cerebral blood flow in patients with carotid disease
chair: Bojana Žvan, Marjan Zaletel
16:30   Carotid disease and cognitive function
Bojana Žvan, Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
16:55   Neurovascular coupling during ageing and in migraneurs
Marjan Zaletel, Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
17:20   Carotid angioplasty and perfusion CT in patients with carotid disease
Zoran Miloševič, Clinical Institute of Radiology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
17:45   Transcranial Doppler sonography in carotid disease patients
Senta Frol, Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
18:10   Functional magnetic resonance imaging in patients with carotid disease
Sergio Mofardin, Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia

Poster presentations

Posters will be mounted by Friday at 14:00. They will be displayed for the duration of the Conference. The authors will be available for questions and discussion during lunch breaks.

CNCognitive neuroscience
CN01Association of the polymorphism of some genes (5-HTT, 5-HT2a, MAOA, COMT) with aggression and time perception
Olga V. Sysoeva¹, Galina V. Portnova¹, Marina A. Timofeeva², Maria A. Kulikova², Natalia V. Maluchenko², Alexander G. Tonevitsky², Alexey M. Ivanitsky¹
CN02Synchronization of brain electroencephalographic oscillations for different memory loads in Sternberg working memory task
Simon Brežan¹, Jurij Dreo¹, Vita Štukovnik²
CN03Explicit and implicit analysis of the written words: behavioral and EEG data
Galina V. Portnova, Olga V. Sysoeva
DNDevelopmental neurology
DN01Developmental reorganisation of the vascular network within the human fetal telencephalic wall
Goran Ivkić
DN02Application of mitochondrial disease criteria in children with a suspected mitochondrial disorder
Mihael Rogač, Jana Frelih, Neža Župančič, David Neubauer
DN03Hypothesis: Could maternal secretion rhythm and plasma levels of melatonin be risk-modifying factors for schizophrenia?
Sammy Kimoloi
DN04White matter lesions in term infants with neonatal encephalopathy
Tina Bregant¹ ², Mary Rutherford³, Frances Cowan²
N01Evaluation of factors influencing medication adherence in patients with epilepsy in rural communities of Kaduna state, Nigeria
Sonny Johnbull Ogboi, K. Sabitu, S. Idrsi, B. Farounbi
N02The relation between the brain, cerebellum and brain stem volumes fraction in young subjects: a stereological study
Niyazi Acer¹, Akcan Akkaya², Hakkı Tatoglu³, Bünyamin Sahin4, Taner Kabadayi²
N03Relationship of M1 cortex activation and upper extremity movement recovery during acute stage after stroke
Urška Puh¹, Andrej Vovk², Jelka Janša³, Dušan Šuput²
N04Central nervous system involvement in patients with muscular dystrophies
Jasna Šuput¹, Aleš Pražnikar², Anton Zupan²
N05Assessment of respiratory muscles in patients with neuromuscular diseases
Janez Rozman¹, Anton Zupan², Polona Pečlin¹
NB01Evolution of brain-specific splicing proteins Nova and corresponding cis-acting sequences in vertebrates
Nejc Jelen¹ ² ³, Jernej Ule², Marko Živin³, Robert B. Darnell¹
NB02Support to an association of the striatal synaptotagmin 7 mRNA up-regulation with dopaminergic hypersensitivity
Robert Pal¹, Marko Živin¹, Aleksandra Milutinovič², Branimir Jernej³, Gordana Glavan¹
NB03Some biochemical and behavioral aspects induced by the cholinergic-dopaminergic systems interactions in cognitive processes in rats
Lucian Hritcu¹, Vlad Artenie¹, Alin Ciobica¹, Manuela Padurariu²
NB04The synergistic effect of fotemustine and genistein on expressions of p53, EGFR and COX-2 genes in human glioblastoma multiforme U87-MG cells
Biray Avci Cigir¹, Oktar Nezih², Yilmaz Sunde¹, Dogan Zeynep Ozlem¹, Numanoglu Sinem¹, Gunduz Cumhur¹
NB05Anticholinesterase action of N,N,N´,N´-Tetramethylethylene diamine (TEMED) in vitro and vivo
Mushtaq Ahmed, Maria R.C. Schetinger
NB06Effect of immobilization stress and high lipid intake on motor activity and brain biogenic amine turnover in rats
Deniz Yat¹, Ece Genc², Alper Yildirim³, Inci Ozden¹
NB07In vitro characterization of A-Beta binding to Transthyretin and possible consequences in A-Beta toxicity
Rita Costa¹, Adriana Gonçalves¹, Maria João Saraiva¹ ², Isabel Cardoso¹
NB08Fluorescent retrograde neuronal tracers that label the dorsal root ganglion neurons: a comparison of Fluoro-ruby, Fluoro-emerald, True Blue and Fluoro-Gold
Tilen Žele, Blaž Peček, Fajko F. Bajrović
NB09Antioxidant enzymatic system in neuronal and glial cells enriched fractions of rat brain after aluminium exposure
Pooja Khanna, Bimla Nehru
NB10Inhibitory effects of 17b-estradiol on striatal cytokines gene expression in model of Parkinson’s vary with gender
Agnieszka Ciesielska¹ ², Ilona Joniec¹, Agnieszka Gmur¹, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska¹ ², Małgorzata Zaremba¹, Anna Członkowska¹ ², Andrzej Członkowski¹
NB11Differences in stability and amyloid fibril formation rate of wild-type human stefin B and its site-specific mutant P74S
Aida Kriještorac¹, Selma Berbić¹, Eva Žerovnik²
NB12Astrocytic NT-3 synthesis and regulation
Tina Mele, Marija Čarman-Kržan, Damijana Mojca Jurič
NB13Acute neurobehavioural effects of 3-nitropropionic acid
Anita Lukács, Andrea Szabó, András Papp, Tünde Vezér
NB14Electrophysiological investigations of the neurotoxicity of environmental xenobiotics
András Papp, Andrea Szabó, Anita Lukács, Kinga Szabó, Leila Sárközi
NB15Effects of repeated l-DOPA administration on the responsiveness of striatal synaptotagmin 4 and 7 mRNA expression in hemiparkinsonian rats
Gordana Glavan, Marko Živin
NB16ColQ expression in innervated and non-innervated fast and slow muscles during regeneration after ischemic-toxic injury
Janko Tominšek, Alenka Tovšak, Špela Glišović, Janez Sketelj
NB17Comparison of ethanol and acetaldehyde toxicity on rat astrocytes in primary culture
Lucija Šarc¹, Metoda Lipnik-Štangelj²
NB18Open field behavioral alterations in young adult rats on exposure by manganese oxide nanoparticles and manganese chloride solution
Leila Sárközi, Tünde Vezér, László Nagymajtényi
NB19Ischemic electrocortical suppression is delayed under deep anesthesia
Dragos Ciocan¹, Andrei Ilie¹, Alexandra Oana Constantinescu¹, Leonard Mandras¹, Leon Zagrean¹, Mihai Moldovan¹ ²
NB20Activation of adenosine A1 receptors can disrupt electrocortical activity in vivo
Andrei Ilie¹, Dragos Ciocan¹, Alexandra Oana Constantinescu¹, Ana-Maria Zagrean¹, Dragos Alexandru Nita², Leon Zagrean¹, Mihai Moldovan¹ ³
NB21Nigrostriatal degeneration does not significant impair learning and memory in the spatial and cued version of the water maze test
Małgorzata Zaremba¹, Ilona Joniec¹, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska², Agnieszka Piechal¹, Kamila Blecharz-Klin¹, Agnieszka Ciesielska¹ ², Anna Członkowska¹ ², Andrzej Członkowski¹
NB2217b-estradiol administration protects against MPTP-induced neurotoxicity and modulates CD8+ and CD4+ T cells infiltration in the nigro-striatal system following toxic degeneration in murine model of Parkinson’s disease
Ilona Joniec¹, Agnieszka Ciesielska¹ ², Małgorzata Zaremba¹, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska¹ ², Anna Członkowska¹ ², Andrzej Członkowski¹
NB23Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with image analysis for quantitative multielemental mapping in rat brain sections
Jure Triglav¹, Robert Pal¹, Božidar Ogorevc², Hans van Eltern², Marko Živin¹
NB24Effect of chronic treatment with donepezil and galantamine on AChE mRNA levels and AChE activity in hippocampus
Polona Mlakar¹, Martina Mrsnik¹, Mehdi M. Saghafi, Peter Pregelj, Marko Živin
NB25Differences in histamine uptake by astrocytes prepared from neonatal and adult rat
Tanja Papler, Blaž Pečaver, David Osredkar, Mojca Kržan
NB26Glutamatergic neurons of intertrigeminal region are involved in control of breathing in rats
Milan Stoiljković, Srdjan Pešić, Stevo Najman, Nenad Stojiljković
NB27The fluorescence intensities of human cerebrospinal fluid differ between various neurosurgical diagnoses
Magdalena Harakalova¹ ², Michal Mokry¹ ², Igor Sulla¹, Katarina Dubayova², Jaroslav Kusnir²
NB28Time course of posttraumatic plasticity in a rat spinal motor nucleus
Dieter M. Weinert¹, Dieter Müller²
NB29Response of the nitric oxide synthase in the spinal cord to the peripheral nerve injury
Alexandra Dávidová¹, Andrea Schreiberová², Monika Lacková², Dalibor Kolesár², Jozef Maršala², Nadežda Lukáčová²
NB30Transcriptional regulation of PSA-NCAM mediated neuron-glial plasticity in GnRH release in adult hypothalamus
Jyoti Parkash
NB31Time and space related investigation of MMP-9 level paralell with alterations in intracellular signal elements and examination of neuronal cell viability in a 4-AP induced focal epilepsy model
Zsuzsanna Szepesi, Rita Nyilas, Eszter Takács, Péter Baracskay, Nóra Szilágyi, Gábor Juhász
NB32Morphological changes underlying secondary axonal impairment in ganglia and peripheral nerves
Monika Lacková, Andrea Schreiberová, Dalibor Kolesár, Alexandra Dávidová, Nadežda Lukáčová, Jozef Maršala
NP01Cognitive features of suicidal and depressed individuals
Saška Roškar¹, Maja Zorko¹, Grega Repovš² ³, Valentin Bucik³, Andrej Marušič1,4
NP02Cognitive decline in patients with multiple sclerosis
Aura Ciobanu¹, Mugurel Coteanu², Simona Gusti³, Alice Gusti4
NP03Study of relationship between serum magnesium levels and cognitive test
Mugurel Coteanu¹, Aura Ciobanu², Simona Gusti³, Alice Gusti4
NP04Neurocognitive assessment of alcohol inpatients during recovery from alcoholism
Lilijana Šprah, Tatjana Novak
P01Duration of untreated psychosis and its effect on the functional outcome in first-episode psychosis
Brigita Novak Šarotar, Marga Kocmur