HKIAS Symposium on
Advances in Neuroscience
25 – 26 March 2019
Senate Room, 19/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building
City University of Hong Kong
The HKIAS Symposium on Advances in Neuroscience highlights the remarkable technical and conceptual progress across the whole of modern neuroscience. One of the main objectives is to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience and the opportunities for interaction and collaboration between neuroscience and other fields, including genomics, engineering, computation, data science, clinical medicine and even the humanities. The Symposium will provide a venue for exchanging research results and experience, for discussing current questions and future research directions, as well as giving scholars and students opportunities to interact with world-renowned scientists. This HKIAS Symposium is intended as a contribution to the whole of the Hong Kong neuroscience community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register for all or any part of the conference.
 
 

Speakers

Session 1
Molecular Regulation of Neural Circuits
Masashi Yanagisawa
Masashi Yanagisawa
International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Michael Nusbaum
Michael Nusbaum
Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Jack Feldman
Jack Feldman
Brain Research Institute, University of California Los Angeles, CA, USA
Moriel Zelikowsky
Moriel Zelikowsky
Department of Biology & Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
Session 2
Integrative Approaches in Neuroscience
Tibor Harkany
Tibor Harkany
Department of Molecular Neurosciences, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Hiroki Ueda
Hiroki Ueda
University of Tokyo & Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan
Session 3
Memory, Ageing and Dementia
Jufang He
Jufang He
Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
Carol Barnes
Carol Barnes
Evelyn F McKnight Brain Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Nancy Ip
Nancy Ip
Division of Life Science & State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Tara Spires-Jones
Tara Spires-Jones
Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK
Session 4
Sensation, Cognition and Language
Xu Zhang
Xu Zhang
Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai, China
Jan Schnupp
Jan Schnupp
Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
William Newsome
William Newsome
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, CA, USA
Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK
[  Speakers & Abstract  ]

Program

Day 1, 25 March 2019 (Monday)

09.00-09.05 Welcome by Tomas Hökfelt
Session 1: Molecular Regulation of Neural Circuits
Chair 1: Kwok-fai So (Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Hong Kong)
09.05-09.50
Toward the Mysteries of Sleep
Masashi Yanagisawa (International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan)
09.50-10.35
Micro-Circuit Flexibility: 35 Years Post-Connectome in the Crab Stomatogastric System
Michael Nusbaum (Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
10.35-10.55 Coffee
Chair 2: Wing-ho Yung (Gerald Choa Neuroscience Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
10.55-11.40
Breathing Matters: Rhythm, Active Expiration, Sighs and Emotion
Jack Feldman (Brain Research Institute, University of California Los Angeles, CA, USA)
11.40-12.25
Neuropeptidergic Control of Stress-Induced Effects on Fear and Social Behavior
Moriel Zelikowsky (Department of Biology & Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA)
12.25-14.00 Lunch break
Session 2: Integrative Approaches in Neuroscience
Chair 3: Tatia Lee (Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong)
14.00-14.45
Molecular Interrogation of Neuronal Identity and Wiring in the Hypothalamic Stress Circuitry
Tibor Harkany (Department of Molecular Neurosciences, Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
14.45-15.30
Towards Organism-Level Systems Biology by Next-Generation Genetics and Whole-Organ Cell Profiling
Hiroki Ueda (University of Tokyo & Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan)
15.30-15.50 Coffee

Day 2, 26 March 2019 (Tuesday)

Session 3: Memory, Ageing and Dementia
Chair 4: Jun Xia (Division of Life Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
09.00-09.45
NMDAR-Controlled CCK Switches LTP and Memory
Jufang He (Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong)
09.45-10.30
Impact of Age on Neural Circuits Critical To Memory
Carol Barnes (Evelyn F McKnight Brain Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA)
10.30-10.50 Coffee
Chair 5: Ying Li (Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong)
10.50-11.35
Understanding Synaptic Dysfunctions in Alzheimer's Disease: Insights for Therapeutic Development
Nancy Ip (Division of Life Science & State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
11.35-12.20
Losing Connections: Synapse Degeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease is Modulated by the Genetic Risk Gene APOE4
Tara Spires-Jones (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK)
12.20-13.45 Lunch break
Session 4: Sensation, Cognition and Language
Chair 6: Ed Wu (Laboratory of Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing, The University of Hong Kong)
13.45-14.30
Somatosensory Neuron Types and Their Pathological Changes
Xu Zhang (Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai, China)
14.30-15.15
Neural Coding of Real-World Sound Features in Natural and Electric Hearing: Pitch, Timbre and Location
Jan Schnupp (Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong)
15.15-15.35 Coffee
Chair 7: Meichun Liu (Department of Linguistics & Translation, City University of Hong Kong)
15.35-16.20
Tracking Covert Decision States Through Neural Population Recordings in Primate Premotor Cortex
William Newsome (Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, CA, USA)
16.20-17.05
Neural Systems Implicated in the Production and Perception of Human Vocalisations
Sophie Scott (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK)
17.05-17.10 Concluding remarks by Colin Blakemore