Presentation formats
Organizing and programme committee
Invited speakers
Meeting Programme
Location & Transportation

Wednesday, August 24

15:00-17:45 Registration and mounting posters
17:45 Welcome reception
18:30 Get-together


Thursday, August 25

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 Session I - Glial dynamics
Chair: Helmut Kettenman
Andreas Reichenbach: Structural associations between neurons and glia in developed brain
Alexej Verkhratsky: Ionotropic glutamate receptors and purinoceptors in astroglia
10:00-10:30 Helmut Kettenmann: Microglia
Eva Sykova: Extracellular space diffusion parameters
11:00-11:30 Break I


11:30-13:30 Session II - Release of gliotransmitters
Chair: David C. Spray
Robert Zorec: Exocytosis and vesicle trafficking in astrocytes
12:00-12:30 Vladimir Parpura: Ca2+ sources for the exocytotic glutamate release from astrocytes
12:30-13:00 Michela Matteoli: Secretory pathways in astrocytes
13:00-13:30 David C. Spray: Surfing in a lipid sea: Connexin and pannexin transport to and movement within the plasma membrane
13:30-15:00 Lunch


15:00-17:00 Session III - Astrocyte-neuron signaling
Chair: Philip G. Haydon
Frank Kirchhoff: Genetic manipulations to study astrocyte-neuron signaling
15:30-16:00 Marta Navarrete Llinás: Role of astrocytes in endocannabinoid-mediated synaptic plasticity
Stephane Oliet: Contribution of glial cells to synaptic plasticity
16:30-17:00 Philip G. Haydon: Purinergic signaling from astrocytes modulates synaptic transmission and behavior
17:00-17:30 Break II


17:30-19:30 Session IV - “Emerging topics”
Chair: Christian Steinhäuser
Serguei Skatchkov: Functional impact of glial Kir4.1 channels on glutamate uptake in astrocytes and seizure susceptibility
Marko Kreft: Single Cell Measurements of Cytosolic Glucose in Astrocytes
18:10-18:30 Vedrana Montana: Bradykinin promotes the chemo-tactic invasion of primary brain tumors
18:30-18:50 Yuriy Pankratov: Exocytosis of ATP from astrocytes and modulation of tonic and phasic inhibition in the neocortex: novel pathway of glia-neuron interaction.
18:50-19:10 Nina Vardjan: Mobility of late endocytic/lysosomal compartments in interferon-gamma activated astrocytes
19:30 Poster sessions with snack and drinks

Friday, August 26

9:00-11:00 Session V - Glia in neurogenesis and brain metabolism
Chair: Arne Schousboe
Milos Pekny: Astrocytes and the adult neurogenic niche
9:30-10:00 Christian Steinhäuser: Impact of connexins on neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus
10:00-10:30 Pierre Magistretti: Role of neuron-glia metabolic coupling in synaptic plasticity
10:30-11:00 Arne Schousboe: Astroglial glycogen metabolism is crucial for maintenance of glutamatergic activity
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 Joachim Deitmer: Glucose uptake and distribution in the mouse brain


12:00-13:30 Session VI - Glia in pathophysiology
Chair: Giorgio Carmignoto
12:00-12:30 Giorgio Carmignoto: The contribution of astrocytes to focal seizure generation
12:30-13:00 Kazuhide Inoue: Glial functions in neuropathic pain
13:00-13:30 Michael Heneka: Astrocytes in Alzheimer´s disease
13:30-15:00 Lunch
16:00- 21:00 Guided Ljubljana walking tour, funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle, special event and Dinner (the restaurant pointed out in The New York Times article.)


Saturday, August 27