HKIAS Symposium on Advances in Neuroscience

27 February 2019



To highlight the remarkable technical and conceptual progress across the whole of modern neuroscience and encourage the collaboration of scholars at the forefront of neuroscience research, the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) will organize the HKIAS Symposium on Advances in Neuroscience on 25 – 26 March 2019 at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). The symposium is initiated by Professor Tomas Hökfelt, Professor at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at University of Oxford, UK, both of whom are Senior Fellows of HKIAS; together with Professor Jufang He, Chair Professor of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at CityU.

The 2-day symposium has invited 14 distinguished scholars and renowned scientists from North America, Europe, Japan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong to share their academic and research discoveries. Lectures will tackle various aspect of neuroscience, both with a basic and translational profile. Discussions will extend from work on molecular and cellular mechanisms of regulation, control and development of the nervous system, through to the study of sensory perception, decision-making and language.

The list of schedule and speakers are as follows:

25 March 2019, Monday

Session 1: Molecular Regulation of Neural Circuits

  • Professor Masashi Yanagisawa, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Professor Michael Nusbaum, Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Professor Jack Feldman, Brain Research Institute, University of California Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Professor Moriel Zelikowsky, Department of Biology & Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

Session 2: Integrative Approaches in Neuroscience

  • Professor Tibor Harkany, Department of Molecular Neurosciences, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Professor Hiroki Ueda, University of Tokyo & Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan

26 March 2019, Tuesday

Session 3: Memory, Ageing and Dementia

  • Professor Jufang He, Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Carol Barnes, Evelyn F McKnight Brain Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Professor Nancy Ip, Division of Life Science & State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Professor Tara Spires-Jones, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

Session 4: Sensation, Cognition and Language

  • Professor Xu Zhang, Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai, China
  • Professor Jan Schnupp, Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
  • Professor William Newsome, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, CA, USA
  • Professor Sophie Scott, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK

The Symposium is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please register online. Program details and registration are available at


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