School of Brain Cells & Circuits “Camillo Golgi” (Erice, Sicily)

From cell physiology to integrated signals and emerging brain functions

Course Directors: Egidio D’Angelo, Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott & Nikos Logothetis

Date: 29th November – 3th December 2017


The 2017 Course of the School of Brain Cells and Circuits will be dedicated to current understanding of how the brain works, offering a platform to merge expertise from scientists working on cellular physiology, computational modeling and integrated brain signals using magnetic resonance imaging. Bringing together these communities, offering advanced teaching sessions on key topics will foster discussion on the origin of fMRI and discuss where bottom-up and top-down computational models can and need to meet to explain brain functions.

Registration is still open!

Looking forward to another excellent school!



Wednesday 29-11-2017
Arrival and evening reception in the “Marsala cellar”

Thursday 30-11-2017
Physiological bases of brain function

8:30 – Introduction to the course.
“Where and how the bottom-up and top-down converge.”
Egidio D’Angelo (University of Pavia, Italy)

8:45 – “Golgi” LECTURE 
fMRI and MUA recordings: what have we learnt and where we are going.
Nikos K Logothetis (Max Plank Tubingen, Germany)

9:45 – “Neuronal dynamics and plasticity in brain microcircuits: on the way to explain ensemble functions”
Egidio D’Angelo (University of Pavia, Italy)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break & posters

11:00 – “Molecular/cellular level models of neurons.”
Michele Migliore (CNR Palermo, Italy)

11:45 – “Bottom-up brain modeling : the NEURON platform”
Michael Hines (Yale, USA)

12:30 – “Microcircuits in action: towards bottom-up modeling of brain function.”
Claudia Casellato (University of Pavia, Italy) & Alessandra Pedrocchi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

13:15-15:00 Lunch

15:00 – “The physiological basis of neurovascular coupling in brain microcircuits. “
Catherine Hall (University of Sussex, UK)

15:45 – “Cell-to-cell communication, energy metabolism and information processing. “
Bruno Weber (Zurich, CH)

16:30 – “Up and down of striatal fMRI signals”
Yen-Yu Ian Shih (University of North Carolina, USA)

17:15 – “Realistic modeling of neurovascular coupling. “
Shyam Diwakar (Amrita University, India)

Friday 1-12-2017
Integrated brain functional signals.

8:30 – “What we can see but can’t explain: fMRI in vivo in humans.”
Claudia AM Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott (University College London, UK & University of Pavia, Italy)

9:15 – “Advanced fMRI: laminar fMRI at ultra high field”
Jozien Goense (Glasgow University UK)

10:00 – “Insights on human brain function and microstructure using diffusion-weighted MR spectroscopy in vivo
Francesca Branzoli (ICM, France)

10:45-11:15 Coffee break & posters

11:15 – “Quantification of changes in cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism using Arterial Spin Labeling.”
Laura Parkes (Manchester University, UK)

12:00 – “Multi-parametric MR Imaging of the physiological state of brain tissue” 
Richard Wise (CUBRIC, UK)

12:45-15:00 Lunch

15:00 – “Studying Spontaneous Human Activity Using fMRI Combined with EEG. “
Louis Lemieux (University College London, UK)

15:45 – “Functional MR spectroscopy for the exploration of neuroenergetics.”
Federico Giove (Centro Fermi, Italy)

16:30 – “Neural mass models: top-down modeling. “
Gustavo Deco (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)


Saturday 2-12-2017
Understanding emerging brain function.

9:00 – Summary “firing” talks from all speakers (5 min each). 
All speakers

10:30-11:00 Coffee break & posters

11:00 – Debate
Top-down and bottom-up approaches to brain function: where do they meet?

Lead discussants: Egidio D’Angelo (University of Pavia, Italy) & Nikos Logothetis (Max Plank Tubingen, Germany)

13:00-13:30 Photograph by the castle

13:30-15:15 Lunch

15:15 – “Combining fMRI and computational modelling to understand cortical plasticity.”
Caroline Lea-Carnall (Manchester University, UK)

15:45 – “Mathematical modeling of functional changes in brain diseases. “
Ferath Kerif (Universite de Lausanne, CH)

16:30- Debate
Physiological underpinnings of functional changes in pathology: can modeling help understanding?

Lead discussants: Mira Marcus-Kalish (Tel Aviv University, Israel) & Marco Bozzali (Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK)

18:00 – Poster award and closing remarks

Sunday 03-12-2016