The Brain Conferences - Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm 2015 Copenhagen

  • Conference Call
  • The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is kindly inviting you to participate in a Conference on Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm – part of the Brain Conference Series – which will be held on October 11 – 14, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Sleep and circadian rhythms regulate all aspects of brain function. The focus of this conference will be on the molecular, cellular and neural networks that underlie the generation and regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms; by what means these biological processes interact and influence normal brain function and behaviour; and how these systems influence the development and state of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

    Topics for the conference will include:

    • neural mechanisms of sleep, arousal states and sleep homeostasis
    • critical role of sleep for brain and body physiology including memory consolidation, immune responses and energy homeostasis
    • molecular and cellular mechanisms of circadian rhythm generation
    • regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms by light
    • consequences of the 247 society on sleep and health
    • brain mechanisms underlying sleep and circadian rhythm disruption in neurodegenerative and psychiatric illnesses

    To know more about the upcoming Brain Conference, read the recent interview with the two co-​chairs on the most significant findings in sleep research and circadian neurobiology.

    The number of participants to this conference is limited to 150 – 180. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract, although this is not a mandatory requirement for being accepted as participant.

    Confirmed Speakers

    The Neuroscience of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

    • Johanna H. Meijer – Leiden University, the Netherlands
    • Michael Menaker – University of Virginia, USA
    • Clifford Saper – Harvard Medical School, USA
    • Amita Sehgal – University of Pennsylvania, USA
    • Masashi Yanagisawa – University of Tsukuba, Japan

    The Photic Regulation of Circadian and Sleep Systems

    • Russell Foster – University of Oxford, UK
    • Samer Hattar – Johns Hopkins University, USA
    • Charlotte Helfrich-​Forster – Biozentrum, Univesität Würzburg, Germany
    • Elizabeth B. Klerman – Harvard Medical School, USA
    • Robert Lucas – The University of Manchester, UK
    • Satchin Panda – Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
    • Stuart Peirson – University of Oxford, UK
    • Kenneth P. Wright Jr. – University of Colorado, USA

    The Molecular Basis of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

    • Chiara Cirelli – University of Wisconsin, USA
    • Paul Franken – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Carla Green – Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
    • Michael Hastings – MRC, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Achim Kramer – Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
    • Michael Rosbash – Brandeis University, USA
    • Mehdi Tafti – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Joseph S. Takahashi – Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

    Circadian Rhythms, Sleep, Metabolism and Brain Health

    • Joseph Bass – Northwestern University, USA
    • Christopher Colwell – University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    • Ying-​Hui Fu – University of California, San Francisco, USA
    • Jenny Morton – University of Cambridge, UK
    • Akhilesh Reddy – University of Cambridge, UK
    • Till Roenneberg – Ludwig-​Maximilians-​University Munich, Germany
    • Frank Scheer – Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard, USA


    FENS, IBRO-​PERC and The Brain Prize offer 15 stipends of 1,000 EUR each for international students and early career scientists that attend the conference. Part of the grant will cover the registration fee (early or regular/​late, depending on the time when the application was submitted) of the awardees.To be considered for a Brain Conference stipend, you have to submit an abstract during the online early or regular registration. The grant awardees will be selected following the regular application deadline (25 July 2015), based on the submitted abstract.

    Conference Co-​Chairs

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