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Aspects of Neuroscience 2014


Head of the Conference: Żaneta Matuszek

Piotr Bogdanowicz
Daniel Borek
Joanna Borowska
Zuzanna Borzymowska
Marta Butrym
Martyna Gajos
Klaudia Jączyńska
Aleksandra Klemba
Kacper Kondrakiewicz
Mateusz Kostecki
Marta Królak
Kacper Łukasiewicz
Anna Malinowska
Paweł Mazurkiewicz
Jan Mąka
Katarzyna Mucha
Sylwia Purchla – Szepioła
Róża Kamila Węglińska
Maciej Winiarski
Emilia Wojda
Maja Wójcik
Piotr Lipowiecki
under supervision of :

*Magdalena Markowska, PhD , Department of Animal Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw; Scientific tutor of Neurobiology Student’s Scientific Club, Warsaw, Poland

*Jan Jabłonka, PhD, Department of Animal Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw

Scientific tutor of Neurobiology Student’s Scientific Club, Warsaw, Poland

*Piotr Borsuk, PhD, Deputy Dean for Studies and Students Affairs of Faculty of Biology

Prof. Leonora Bużańska, Head of Stem Cell Bioengineering Laboratory, NeuroRepair Department,
Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Warsaw, Poland
Artur Czupryn, PhD, Department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS, Warsaw, Poland
Jan Jabłonka, PhD, Department of Animal Physiology ,Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; University of Warsaw; Scientific tutor of Neurobiology Student’s Scientific Club, Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Stefan Kasicki, Laboratory of Limbic System, Department of Neurophysiology, Nencki Institut of Experimental Biology PAS, Warsaw; Head of Marceli Nencki Foundation for Support of Biological Sciences,Poland
Magdalena Markowska, PhD, Department of Animal Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw; Scientific tutor of Neurobiology Student’s Scientific Club, Warsaw, Poland
Ksenia Meyza, PhD, Department of Neurophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS, Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Andrzej Twardowski, Head of College of Inter­faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Science, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Daniel Wójcik, Laboratory of Neuroinformatics, Department of Neurophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS, Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Andrzej Wróbel, Laboratory of Visual System, Department of Neurophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS, Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Andrzej Wysmołek, Institute of Experimental Physics, Section of Solid State Physics, University of Warsaw, Warsaw

University of Warsaw
Dean of Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
College of Inter­Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics
and Natural Sciences, University of Warsaw
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
Marceli Nencki Foundation for Supporting Biological Sciences
Copernicus Science Centre
Polish Neuroscience Society

University of Warsaw
Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
College of Inter­Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics
and Natural Sciences, University of Warsaw
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
University of Warsaw Foundation

Foundation for the Development of the Education System
Polish Copernicus Society of Naturalists

Prof. Krzysztof Palczewski

Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University,USA
A world leader in vision research, Krzysztof Palczewski, Ph.D. is best known for solving the crystal structure of the visual protein, rhodopsin. This seminal advance is especially notable because rhodopsin is now the model for understanding how this large family called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) respond to various cellular signals, including hormones. Indeed, the wide distribution of GPCRs and their roles in a broad spectrum of physiological functions implicated in various disease states has made them the primary target for new drug discovery. Dr. Palczewski’s latest translational research shows promise for preventing/arresting age-related macular degeneration, the major cause of human blindness. Recipient of several national/international honors and supported by multiple competitive National Institutes of Health awards and industrial grants, including 4 R01s and an R24, Center Grant funded at $10.1M, Dr. Palczewski and his team of 20 postdoctoral fellows and Ph. D. candidates have focused their research on the biochemistry of vision. Their investigations involve the characteristics, discovery and therapeutic manipulation of biological molecules in the retina of the eye needed for phototransduction, namely the translation of light into biochemical signals required for vision. Awarder by Polish President with Knights Cross of Order of Merit-Republic of Poland in 2011 – award to foreigners or Poles abroad for distinguished contributions to international cooperation between Poland and other countries

Prof. Bruce Graham

Computing Science and Mathematics, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland
Dr Bruce Graham is a Reader in Computing Science and Leader of the Cognitive Computation research group at the University of Stirling, Scotland U.K. He has been a researcher in Computational Neuroscience for 24 years, starting as a postdoc in the Centre for Information Technology Research at the Australian National University (1990-1993), followed by 7 years as a research fellow in the Centre for Cognitive Science and Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation at the University of Edinburgh. He established his own research group at Stirling in 2000. He has an Honours degree in Mathematics (Flinders University of South Australia, 1981; University Medal), specialising in control theory. His PhD is in Chemical Engineering (University of Queensland, 1988) in which he applied fuzzy logic techniques to the control of chemical plants. He was given a Distinguished Alumni Award for contributions to Computational Neuroscience by Flinders University in 2008. He is coauthor of the book, “Principles of Computational
Modelling in Neuroscience” (CUP, July 2011).
Dr Graham home page

Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek

Laboratory of Neurobiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Leszek Kaczmarek, born in 1957, is professor of neurobiology and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology since 1996 (chair of the Division of Biological Sciences. PAS: 2003-2007), He is an elected member of PAS, Academia Europaea (presently member of Physiology & Medicine Section Committee), the European Molecular Biology Organization (member of the Council), and served on the Executive Committee of International Brain Research Organization, IBRO and Council of the International Society for Neurchemistry. He gave over 300 invited talks, including plenary at the Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian and African Neuroscience meetings. Among his most important scientific discoveries are the role of c-Myc protein in control of the cell cycle, gene expression in mammalian learning, neuronal apoptosis in the adult brain, the role of matrix metalloproteinases in neuronal plasticity, learning and memory, the essential role of cyclin D2 in adult brain neurogenesis and pivotalinvolvement of the central amygdala in appetitive learning. He published over 200 research papers, cited over 7 000 times (H-index = 49) and received several awards for his research achievements, including the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP, 2000).

Dr. Valeria Gazzola

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Valeria Gazzola studied Biology in Parma – Itlay – and started her scientific carrer in Rizzolatti’s lab, where mirror neuron where first recorded, with an experimental master thesis entitled: “The role of the somatosensory cortices during the observation of the tactile stimulation of others” which contributed to a publication in Neuron. She then moved to Groningen – The Netherlands – where she completed PhD (cum laude) with a thesis entitled “Action in the brain: Shared neural circuits for action observation and execution” under the supervision of Christian Keysers at the BCN-NeuroImaging Center. For the next three years Dr. Gazzola worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at University Medical Center of Groningen where she continued to work on shared circuits, with particular emphasis on the idea they are not a single circuit devoted to action perception but a general mechanisms that covers different domains: actions, emotions and sensations. In particular she grew an interest for the role of the somatosensory cortices within the shared circuit network (Somatosensation in social perception. Keysers C, Kaas JH, Gazzola V.; Nat Rev Neurosci).  Valeria Gazzola is currently the assistant professor at the University of Groningen and a senior scientist at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam, where financed by a VENI grant from NOW (451-09-006 MaGW), she supervises a group of two PhD students and a master students to investigate the causal relationship between the areas involved in our understanding of the actions and sensations of others, by using combination of fMRI, EEG and TMS.

Prof. Semir Zeki

University College London, England
Professor S. Zeki was Professor of Neurobiology at University College London and currently holds the Chair of Professor of Neuroesthetics there. He has specialized in studying the organization of the primate visual brain and has shown that it consists of many different visual areas, specialized to process different attributes of the visual scene such as form, colour and motion, in parallel but not simultaneously. While continuing these explorations, he has more recently also been interested in learning how visual inputs arouse affective states and, within the relatively new field of neuroesthetics, has explored the neural mechanisms that allow us to experience beauty.

Prof. Brian Leonard

National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Professor Brian Leonard studied Medical Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Birmingham, where he also completed his PhD. Currently, he works at National University of Ireland in Galway. His main area of scientific interest is psychoneuroimmunology of mood disorders. Among topics of his research are animal models of depression, biomarkers of major psychiatric disorders, brain-immune axis and the metabolic syndrome in depression and schizophrenia.
Professor Leonard is an author of over 450 publications related to psychopharmacology. He was an editor-in-chief of Human Psychopharmacology and performed many honourable functions in scientific societies, including the presidency of the British Association of Psychopharmacology and Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum. Working as a lecturer at several European universities, including Maastricht Universty, he gained major exeprience in academic teaching. Under his supervision over 70 postgraduate students have been promoted for MSc and PhD degrees. He is an author of two comprehensive academic coursebooks: Fundamentals of Psychopharmacology and Fundamentals of Psychoneuroimmunology.

Prof. Wiesław Nowiński

Biomedical Imaging Lab, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapur
Wieslaw L. Nowinski, DSc, PhD – scientist, innovator, entrepreneur, pioneer and visionary; creator of “world’s most gorgeous” human brain atlases.
His research includes brain atlases, stroke, deep brain stimulation, brain quantification, neuroinformatics, medical image processing, virtual reality, computer-assisted diagnosis and treatment, and future directions in computer-aided radiology and surgery. He has 539 publications, filed 51 patent applications (32 already granted, 15 in US), and developed with his team 34 brain atlas products used worldwide in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurology, brain mapping, and neuroeducation. These atlases have been licensed to 62 companies and institutions. He has started 3 high-tech companies from his lab.
Prof. Nowinski has proposed a number of new concepts, including atlas-assisted processing of medical images (US patent), do-it-yourself neurosurgery (published), helical stereotaxy (US patent), operating room of the future (published), probabilistic functional atlas (US patent), probabilistic stroke atlas (patent pending), and atlas-assisted stroke image processing (US patent).
He has introduced several new concepts to atlas-assisted stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. The electronic brain atlases created by him have been incorporated in more than 1,500 neurosurgical workstations and distributed worldwide by leading companies including Medtronic, BrainLab and Elekta.
Fourteen brain atlases have been distributed by Thieme Publishers, New York-Stuttgart to more than 7,500 clinicians and medical institutions. The iPad version is being introduced to medical schools.
Dr. Nowinski has been conferred with 42 awards and honours including Magna cum Laude (radiological Oscar) from Radiological Society of North America in 2009 and 2004; Magna cum Laude from European Congress of Radiology in 2000; Summa cum Laude in 2014, 2012, 2008 and 1997, and Magna cum Laude in 2009 and 2005 from American Society of Neuroradiology; and Highly commended in 2013 (in medical book category) from British Medical Association. Dr. Nowinski has received Knight’s Cross of Merit from President of Republic of Poland in 2005. He has been named The Outstanding Pole in the world in 2012. He was a finalist of Asian Innovation Award 2010 for stroke organized by The Wall Street Journal and Credit Swiss. He has received Pioneer in Medicine title from USA in 2013. In 2014, Prof. Nowinski has been nominated for the European Inventor Award, Lifetime Achievement category (in top 3 European inventors).
His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, on The Discovery Channel, BBC (Tomorrow’s World), and Channel News Asia, among others. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World,Who’s Who is Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in Asia.
Abstract book (in pdf): AoN4-web

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