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Symposium | Functional Assessment of Neuronal Circuitry: In the brain and in a dish

Join us for this one-day event which aims to highlight the importance of neurophysiology and bring some of the prominent members of European neuroscience to Lund.

Stock photo.

Warm welcome to the “Functional Assessment of Neuronal Circuitry: In the brain and in a dish’’ seminar that will take place on February 16, 2023 at Segerfalksalen, BMC A10. 

The symposium, organised by the Electrophysiology Core Facility, in collaboration with Stem Therapy and MultiPark, will incorporate three lectures given by invited speakers. From an individual circuitry level to overall brain activity, invited speakers will present their views on brain function in health and disease, highlighting the use of advanced imaging and electrophysiology tools. 

A workshop session will follow, where selected projects, presented by local group representative, will be discussed and practical advice on relevant electrophysiology and/or live imaging experiments and expected outcomes will be given by the invited speakers. Related to this, we encourage everyone from PhD student level and up, to submit an abstract (see below).

Local groups will also have an opportunity to individually interact with the guests in the morning before the lecture session, as well as during a coffee break between the two parts of the afternoon program.

Confirmed Speakers:

Portrait of Dimitri Rusakov. Photo.

Dmitri A. Rusakov 
Professor of Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust Principal Fellow, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
University College London, UK
"Monitoring Adaptive Plasticity of Central Synapses and Their Astroglial Environment"

Portrait of Gilad Silberberg. Photo.

Gilad Silberberg 
Head of Silberberg Group, Professor at the Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
"Unravelling Sensory and Motor Neural Circuits in the Basal Ganglia"

Portrait of Merab Kokaia. Photo.

Merab Kokaia
Head of Epilepsy Center, Professor at Neurology
Lund University, Sweden
"Combination of Whole Cell Recording with Optogenetics to Reveal Host-Graft Synaptic Interactions"

Final Program

Lecture session 

14.00 Opening address by Angela Cenci Nilsson and Zaal Kokaia

14.05. Dmitri A. Rusakov – Professor of Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust Principal Fellow, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, University College London, UK;

Monitoring Adaptive Plasticity of Central Synapses and Their Astroglial Environment

Chair: Zaal Kokaia

14.45 Gilad SilberbergHead of Silberberg Group, Professor at Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden;

Unravelling Sensory and Motor Neural Circuits in the Basal Ganglia

Chair: Angela Cenci Nilsson

15.25 Merab Kokaia Head of Epilepsy Center, Professor at Neurology, Lund University, Sweden;

Combination of Whole Cell Recording with Optogenetics to Reveal Host-Graft Synaptic Interactions.

Chair: Karsten Ruscher


16.05 Coffee break (Refreshments will be served in front of the Segerfalksalen entrance)


Workshop session

16.15 Project 1: Mette HabekostInvestigating Direct Lineage Reprogramming using Imaging and Electrophysiology Tools

16.35 Project 2: Chang Li Time course of neuronal and glial adaptations in the dopamine-denervated striatum

Chairs: Daniella Rylander Ottosson & Natalia Avaliani


16.55 Final remarks and end of the symposium

Organising committee 

Zaal Kokaia

Angela Cenci Nilsson

Daneilla Rylander Ottosson

Natalia Avaliani

Communication manager:

Alexis Bento Luis

Submit an abstract to get professional feedback and advance your research project!

We would like to offer you an opportunity to benefit from the functional readout technologies in your specific project and encourage you to submit an abstract (300 words) shortly describing a scientific project that, in your opinion, might be suitable to be discussed during the symposium.

From among abstracts received, the three most relevant will be chosen to be presented and discussed at the workshop session. Focus will be placed on the potential use of electrophysiology and/or live imaging for solving the scientific question of the project. During the brainstorming session, authors will receive advice on how to design an experimental plan to solve the given scientific question by the highly qualified invited speakers, and what outcome they might expect from such experiments. 

Deadline: Abstracts should be submitted no later than 31 January 2023 via email to: Electrophysiology [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Electrophysiology[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Authors of the chosen projects will be notified and asked to prepare a 15 min presentation for the workshop session.